ASTM E1640 - 13

    Standard Test Method for Assignment of the Glass Transition Temperature By Dynamic Mechanical Analysis

    Active Standard ASTM E1640 | Developed by Subcommittee: E37.10

    Book of Standards Volume: 14.02


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 This test method can be used to locate the glass transition region and assign a glass transition temperature of amorphous and semi-crystalline materials.

    5.2 Dynamic mechanical analyzers monitor changes in the viscoelastic properties of a material as a function of temperature and frequency, providing a means to quantify these changes. In ideal cases, the temperature of the onset of the decrease in storage modulus marks the glass transition.

    5.3 A glass transition temperature (Tg) is useful in characterizing many important physical attributes of thermoplastic, thermosets, and semi-crystalline materials including their thermal history, processing conditions, physical stability, progress of chemical reactions, degree of cure, and both mechanical and electrical behavior. Tg may be determined by a variety of techniques and may vary in accordance with the technique.

    5.4 This test method is useful for quality control, specification acceptance, and research.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the assignment of a glass transition temperature (Tg) of materials using dynamic mechanical analyzers.

    1.2 This test method is applicable to thermoplastic polymers, thermoset polymers, and partially crystalline materials which are thermally stable in the glass transition region.

    1.3 The applicable range of temperatures for this test method is dependent upon the instrumentation used, but, in order to encompass all materials, the minimum temperature should be about −150°C.

    1.4 This test method is intended for materials having an elastic modulus in the range of 0.5 MPa to 100 GPa.

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

    1.6 This standard is similar to IEC 61006 except that standard uses the peak temperature of the loss modulus peak as the glass transition temperature while this standard uses the extrapolated onset temperature of the storage modulus change.

    1.7 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.


    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

    D4092 Terminology for Plastics: Dynamic Mechanical Properties

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

    E1142 Terminology Relating to Thermophysical Properties

    E1363 Test Method for Temperature Calibration of Thermomechanical Analyzers

    E1545 Test Method for Assignment of the Glass Transition Temperature by Thermomechanical Analysis

    E1867 Test Method for Temperature Calibration of Dynamic Mechanical Analyzers

    E2254 Test Method for Storage Modulus Calibration of Dynamic Mechanical Analyzers

    E2425 Test Method for Loss Modulus Conformance of Dynamic Mechanical Analyzers

    Other Standards

    IEC61006 Methods of Test for the Determination of the Glass Transition Temperature of Electrical Insulating Materials Available from American National Standards Institute (ANSI), 25 W. 43rd St., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10036, http://www.ansi.org.


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 81.040.10 (Raw materials and raw glass)

    UNSPSC Code

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    DOI: 10.1520/E1640

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