ASTM D5828 - 97(2011)e1

    Standard Test Method for Compatibility of Supplemental Coolant Additives (SCAs) and Engine Coolant Concentrates

    Active Standard ASTM D5828 | Developed by Subcommittee: D15.11

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.05


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    Significance and Use

    This test was developed to mimic the formation of insolubles observed in some heavy-duty diesel cooling systems during the mid 1980s. It measures the compatibility of SCA and coolant concentrate solutions according to their tendency to form insolubles in service. Such insoluble materials may accumulate within a cooling system, restrict heat transfer through radiator cores, and contribute to the damage of components such as water pumps.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers determination of the compatibility of commercial SCA and commercial ethylene and propylene glycol engine coolant concentrates. This test method focuses on the solubility of specific chemical species formed in the engine coolant. The short duration of the test (24 h), among other restrictions, makes the test method of limited use for sorting out a variety of chemical compatibility problems in which a component of the SCA may react with a component of the coolant additive package. The test as currently written also does not deal with the issue of hard water compatibility, in which a component of the coolant or SCA additive package reacts with the hardness (Ca and Mg) to form a precipitate.

    1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.

    1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D1193 Specification for Reagent Water

    D1796 Test Method for Water and Sediment in Fuel Oils by the Centrifuge Method (Laboratory Procedure)

    D3585 Specification for ASTM Reference Fluid for Coolant Tests

    E691 Practice for Conducting an Interlaboratory Study to Determine the Precision of a Test Method


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 71.100.45 (Refrigerants and antifreezes)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 25174004(Engine coolant)


    DOI: 10.1520/D5828-97R11E01

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