ASTM D6801 - 07

    Standard Test Method for Measuring Maximum Spontaneous Heating Temperature of Art and Other Materials

    Active Standard ASTM D6801 | Developed by Subcommittee: D01.57

    Book of Standards Volume: 06.02


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    Significance and Use

    This test method provides a means of accelerating the tendency of a material toward spontaneous heating that may eventually lead to a fire. It is applicable to liquids and pastes.

    The spontaneous heating behavior of an oil-based material is affected by such factors as the availability of oxygen, the amount of driers present, the degree of polymerization of oils, the surface area of the cellulose material, measures to prevent heat dissipation, and the amount of oil in contact with cellulose material. The degree of spontaneous heating bears little relationship to the type of cellulose material to which an oil-based material comes in contact or whether or not oil soaked materials are first air dried. Small amounts of contaminants, such as oil paint, quartz dust, dirt or drier (for example, materials that might be found on a dirty, oil-soaked rag), can act as catalysts for this reaction.3

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers a small-scale laboratory procedure to determine the self heating tendency of oil-based materials by exposure to elevated temperatures in air in a controlled semi-adiabatic system.

    1.2 This test method has been developed to address an urgent need to identify oil-based materials that may require labeling for spontaneous heating tendency. Studies based on this test method may allow the development of a practice to identify such oil-based materials.

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

    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. For safety concerns specific to disposal of solvent-soaked rags, see Appendix X1.


    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

    E633 Guide for Use of Thermocouples in Creep and Stress-Rupture Testing to 1800F (1000C) in Air

    E771 Test Method for Spontaneous Heating Tendency of Materials


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 97.195 (Items of art and handicraft)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/D6801-07

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