ASTM D732 - 10

    Standard Test Method for Shear Strength of Plastics by Punch Tool

    Active Standard ASTM D732 | Developed by Subcommittee: D20.10

    Book of Standards Volume: 08.01


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    Significance and Use

    Shear strength obtained by the use of punch-type tooling is one of the recognized methods of comparing materials, or obtaining data for engineering design purposes, or both. However, it must be recognized that for end-use applications there are likely to be many factors not taken into account in this test method, such as stress-concentrating geometries and rates of shear, which can profoundly affect the measured shear strength. Moreover, the fact that the shear strength is calculated by dividing the load by the area of the sheared edge (punch circumference X specimen thickness) does not interpret as indicating the shear strength value so obtained is solely a material property, independent of thickness.

    For many materials, it is possible that there is a specification that requires the use of this test method, but with some procedural modifications that take precedence when adhering to the specification. Therefore, it is advisable to refer to that material specification before using this test method. Table 1 of Classification System D4000 lists the ASTM materials standards that currently exist.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the procedure for determining the shear strength of composite materials in the form of sheets, plates, and molded shapes in thicknesses from 1.27 to 12.7 mm (0.050 to 0.500 in.).

    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.

    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

    D618 Practice for Conditioning Plastics for Testing

    D4000 Classification System for Specifying Plastic Materials

    E4 Practices for Force Verification of Testing Machines

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


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 83.080.01 (Plast in general)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 13100000(Rubber and elastomers); 41000000(Laboratory and Measuring and Observing and Testing Equipment)


    DOI: 10.1520/D0732-10

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