Significance and Use
Knowledge of the peroxide content of uncured PE and EVA samples is required to regulate the degree of crosslinking in the cured product. As end use applications of the cured product can be affected by residual amounts of the peroxide or its decomposition products—dimethylbenzyl alcohol and acetophenone—knowledge of these levels is also important. This test method provides a procedure for determining the concentration of these compounds. A method for the HPLC assay of dicumyl peroxide is described in Test Method E 755.
1.1 This test method covers and is applicable to the determination of dicumyl peroxide and the decomposition products dimethylbenzyl alcohol and acetophenone in cured and uncured polyethylene (PE) and ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) resins. These uncured polymers normally contain from 1 to 2 % dicumyl peroxide, whereas the residual peroxide level in the cured polymers is usually less than 0.1 %.
1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.
1.3 Review the current Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for detailed information concerning toxicity, first aid procedures, and safety precautions.
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. Specific hazards are given in Section 7.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
D1193 Specification for Reagent Water
E180 Practice for Determining the Precision of ASTM Methods for Analysis and Testing of Industrial and Specialty Chemicals
E300 Practice for Sampling Industrial Chemicals
E682 Practice for Liquid Chromatography Terms and Relationships
E685 Practice for Testing Fixed-Wavelength Photometric Detectors Used in Liquid Chromatography
E755 Test Method for Dicumyl Peroxide, Assay (Liquid Chromatography)
acetophenone; dicumyl peroxide; dimethylbenzyl alcohol; ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymers; high performance liquid chromatograph; HPLC; polyethylene; resins; Sampling plastics/plastic products; Sampling chemicals; Uncured polyethylene (PE) plastics; Acetophene; Cured polyethylene (PE); Decomposition; Dicumyl peroxide; Dimethylbenzene alcohol; Ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) copolymer; Liquid chromatography (LC); Peroxides; Polyethylene (PE); Polymers; Resins;
ICS Number Code 83.080.10 (Thermosetting materials)
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