ASTM D6915 - 12

    Standard Practice for Carbon Black—Evaluation of Standard Reference Blacks

    Active Standard ASTM D6915 | Developed by Subcommittee: D24.61

    Book of Standards Volume: 09.01


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    Significance and Use

    3.1 This practice is intended to ensure that SRBs are produced and evaluated by a standard procedure.

    3.2 This practice is to be used to establish the average physicochemical properties of a set of carbon blacks to be used as SRBs.

    3.3 The carbon black grades to be used as SRBs should be selected to give as much coverage of the typical usage range for each test and as nearly evenly spaced across the range as possible. Typically, the carbon black grades selected consist of three tread (hard) type furnace grades (designated A, B, and C), three carcass (soft) type furnace grades (designated D, E, and F), and one thermal type grade (designated G). Subcommittee D24.61 may elect to carry one or more of the existing SRBs into the next set provided there is enough remaining material at the rate of usage to last through the expected life of the next set. Limiting the choice of grades to be used means that not all tests will have an SRB set that is evenly spaced across the range of interest. All the SRB candidates are produced at approximately the same time by the various producers. They are used as a set once they are approved. The sets are consecutively numbered. Values and identification for the current set are given in Guide D4821. Any SRBs carried forward will be renumbered for the new set.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice covers guidelines for the production and testing for uniformity of a set of carbon blacks to be used as Standard Reference Blacks (SRBs).

    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

    D1510 Test Method for Carbon Black--Iodine Adsorption Number

    D2414 Test Method for Carbon Black--Oil Absorption Number (OAN)

    D3265 Test Method for Carbon Black--Tint Strength

    D3493 Test Method for Carbon Black--Oil Absorption Number of Compressed Sample (COAN)

    D4483 Practice for Evaluating Precision for Test Method Standards in the Rubber and Carbon Black Manufacturing Industries

    D4821 Guide for Carbon Black--Validation of Test Method Precision and Bias

    D6556 Test Method for Carbon Black--Total and External Surface Area by Nitrogen Adsorption


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 83.040.20 (Rubber compounding ingredients)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 12171603(Carbon black)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/D6915-12

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    Citation Format

    ASTM D6915-12, Standard Practice for Carbon Black—Evaluation of Standard Reference Blacks, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2012, www.astm.org

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