ASTM D6188 - 97(2008)

    Standard Test Method for Viscosity of Cellulose by Cuprammonium Ball Fall

    Active Standard ASTM D6188 | Developed by Subcommittee: D01.36

    Book of Standards Volume: 06.03


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    Significance and Use

    This test method is suitable for use as a rapid control test for pulp manufacture or for careful determination of the viscometric molecular weight of purified cotton or wood derived pulps.

    This test method is applicable over a very large range of cellulose molecular weights because seven sample sizes are defined. (Sample weights are reduced as cellulose molecular weight increases.)

    Cotton and high molecular weight pulps may be difficult to dissolve. (WarningThis test method is only valid if the sample dissolves completely without gels.)

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method describes the procedure for estimating the molecular weight of cellulose by determining the viscosity of cuprammonium (CuAm) solutions of cellulosic materials, such as wood pulp, cotton, and cotton linters. This test method is suitable for rapid, routine testing of large numbers of samples with high accuracy and precision. This test method updates and extends the procedure reported by the American Chemical Society (ACS) .

    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

    D1695 Terminology of Cellulose and Cellulose Derivatives

    E438 Specification for Glasses in Laboratory Apparatus


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 85.040 (Pulps)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 12352200(Biochemicals)


    DOI: 10.1520/D6188-97R08

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