ASTM D792 - 13

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

    Active Standard ASTM D792 | Developed by Subcommittee: D20.70

    Book of Standards Volume: 08.01


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 The specific gravity or density of a solid is a property that is conveniently measured to identify a material, to follow physical changes in a sample, to indicate degree of uniformity among different sampling units or specimens, or to indicate the average density of a large item.

    5.2 Changes in density of a single material are due to localized differences in crystallinity, loss of plasticizer, absorption of solvent, or to other causes. It is possible that portions of a sample differ in density because of their differences in crystallinity, thermal history, porosity, and composition (types or proportions of resin, plasticizer, pigment, or filler).

    5.3 Density is useful for calculating strength-weight and cost-weight ratios.

    1. Scope

    1.1 These test methods describe the determination of the specific gravity (relative density) and density of solid plastics in forms such as sheets, rods, tubes, or molded items.

    1.2 Two test methods are described:

    1.2.1 Test Method A—For testing solid plastics in water, and

    1.2.2 Test Method B—For testing solid plastics in liquids other than water.

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

    1.4 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 1This standard is not equivalent to ISO 1183–1 Method A. This test method provides more guidelines on sample weight and dimension. ISO 1183-1 allows testing at an additional temperature of 27 ± 2°C.


    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

    D891 Test Methods for Specific Gravity, Apparent, of Liquid Industrial Chemicals

    D4968 Guide for Annual Review of Test Methods and Specifications for Plastics

    D6436 Guide for Reporting Properties for Plastics and Thermoplastic Elastomers

    E1 Specification for ASTM Liquid-in-Glass Thermometers

    E12 Terminology Relating to Density and Specific Gravity of Solids, Liquids, and Gases

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


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 83.080.01 (Plastics in general)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/D0792

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