ASTM D706 - 09

    Standard Classification System and Basis for Specifications for Cellulose Acetate Molding and Extrusion Compounds

    Active Standard ASTM D706 | Developed by Subcommittee: D20.15

    Book of Standards Volume: 08.01


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This classification system covers requirements for cellulose acetate thermoplastic compounds plasticized with either diethyl phthalate or dimethyl phthalate and are suitable for injection molding and extrusion. These compounds have an acetyl content between 39 and 40 %. It does not include materials compounded for special application. Cellulosic plastic materials, being thermoplastic, are reprocessable and recyclable. This classification system allows for the use of those cellulosic materials, provided that all specific requirements of this classification system are met.

    1.2 The properties included in this classification system are those required to identify the compositions covered. Other requirements necessary to identify particular characteristics important to specialized applications are specified by using the suffixes as given in Section 5.

    1.3 This classification system and subsequent line call out (specification) are intended to provide a means of calling out plastic materials used in the fabrication of end items or parts. It is not intended for the selection of materials. Material selection can be made by those having expertise in the plastic field only after careful consideration of the design and performance required of the part, environment to which it will be exposed, fabrication process to be employed, costs involved, and inherent properties of the material other than those covered by this classification system.

    1.4 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard.

    1.5 The following safety hazards caveat pertains only to the test method portion, Section 11, of this classification system. 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.

    Note 1—There is no known ISO equivalent to this standard.


    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

    D256 Test Methods for Determining the Izod Pendulum Impact Resistance of Plastics

    D570 Test Method for Water Absorption of Plastics

    D618 Practice for Conditioning Plastics for Testing

    D635 Test Method for Rate of Burning and/or Extent and Time of Burning of Plastics in a Horizontal Position

    D638 Test Method for Tensile Properties of Plastics

    D790 Test Methods for Flexural Properties of Unreinforced and Reinforced Plastics and Electrical Insulating Materials

    D792 Test Methods for Density and Specific Gravity (Relative Density) of Plastics by Displacement

    D883 Terminology Relating to Plastics

    D1003 Test Method for Haze and Luminous Transmittance of Transparent Plastics

    D1600 Terminology for Abbreviated Terms Relating to Plastics

    D1729 Practice for Visual Appraisal of Colors and Color Differences of Diffusely-Illuminated Opaque Materials

    D3641 Practice for Injection Molding Test Specimens of Thermoplastic Molding and Extrusion Materials

    D3892 Practice for Packaging/Packing of Plastics

    D4000 Classification System for Specifying Plastic Materials

    D5740 Guide for Writing Material Standards in the Classification Format

    D7209 Guide for Waste Reduction, Resource Recovery, and Use of Recycled Polymeric Materials and Products

    E308 Practice for Computing the Colors of Objects by Using the CIE System


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 83.080.20 (Thermoplastic materials); 83.140.99 (Other rubber and plastic products)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 13111065(Cellulosic resins)


    DOI: 10.1520/D0706-09

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