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Significance and Use
In recycling PP and LDPE, it is important to the end product properties as well as to the processing conditions to know what the purity of the mixture is. In many cases, it is vital to know that the recycled material is reasonably free of a contaminant.
1.1 This test method uses an infrared approach for determining the presence of polypropylene (PP) physically mixed in with low density polyethylene – usually for recycling purposes.
Note 1—Quantitative determinations require several standard mixtures in the concentration range of interest and well defined baseline anchoring points.
1.2 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 2—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.
D883 Terminology Relating to Plastics
D1600 Terminology for Abbreviated Terms Relating to Plastics
D2238 Test Methods for Absorbance of Polyethylene Due to Methyl Groups at 1378 cm-1
D5033 Guide for Development of ASTM Standards Relating to Recycling and Use of Recycled Plastics
E131 Terminology Relating to Molecular Spectroscopy
E168 Practices for General Techniques of Infrared Quantitative Analysis
E932 Practice for Describing and Measuring Performance of Dispersive Infrared Spectrometers
E1421 Practice for Describing and Measuring Performance of Fourier Transform Mid-Infrared (FT-MIR) Spectrometers: Level Zero and Level One Tests
ICS Number Code 83.080.20 (Thermoplastic materials)
UNSPSC Code 13102022(Polypropylene PP)
ASTM D7399-08, Standard Test Method for Determination of the Amount of Polypropylene (PP) in Polypropylene/LDPE Mixtures Using Infrared Spectrophotometer (FTIR), ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2008, www.astm.orgBack to Top