ASTM D7896 - 14

    Standard Test Method for Thermal Conductivity, Thermal Diffusivity and Volumetric Heat Capacity of Engine Coolants and Related Fluids by Transient Hot Wire Liquid Thermal Conductivity Method

    Active Standard ASTM D7896 | Developed by Subcommittee: D15.22

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.05


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 This test method covers the measurement of thermal properties for engine coolants (aqueous or non-aqueous) and related fluids.

    5.2 With each single measurement, the thermal conductivity (λ) and thermal diffusivity (α) are measured directly, and volumetric heat capacity (VHC) is determined by the relationship:

    Equation D7896-14_1

    5.3 The test method is transient and requires only a small amount of specimen and a short duration of time (0.8 s) to run a measurement. These attributes minimize heat convection in the liquid.

    5.4 The brief application of current to the sensor wire adds very little heat to the test specimen and ten repetitive tests may be applied at 30-s intervals without causing any significant convection or temperature drift.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the use of a transient hot wire liquid thermal conductivity method and associated equipment (the System) for the determination of thermal conductivity, thermal diffusivity and volumetric heat capacity of aqueous engine coolants, non-aqueous engine coolants, and related fluids. The System is intended for use in a laboratory.

    1.2 The System directly measures thermal conductivity and thermal diffusivity without the requirement to input any additional properties. Volumetric heat capacity is calculated by dividing the thermal conductivity by the thermal diffusivity of the sample measured.

    1.3 This test method can be applied to any aqueous or non-aqueous engine coolants or related fluid with thermal conductivity in the range of 0.1 to 1.0 W/m∙K.

    1.4 This test method excludes fluids that react with platinum.

    1.5 The range of temperatures applicable to this test method is –20 to 100°C.

    1.6 This test method requires a sample of approximately 40 mL.

    1.7 The System may be used without external pressurization for any fluid having a vapor pressure of 33.8 kPa (4.9 psia) or less at the test temperature.

    1.8 For a fluid having a vapor pressure greater than 33.8 kPa (4.9 psia) at the test temperature, external pressurization is required (see Annex A2).

    1.9 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

    1.9.1 Exception—Inch-pound units are provided in 1.7, 1.8, 4.1, 7.8, and A2.1 for information.

    1.10 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.


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 71.100.45 (Refrigerants and antifreezes)

    UNSPSC Code

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    DOI: 10.1520/D7896-14

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