ASTM E2407 - 04(2009)

    Standard Test Method for Effectiveness of Defoaming Agents

    Active Standard ASTM E2407 | Developed by Subcommittee: E35.22

    Book of Standards Volume: 11.05


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    Significance and Use

    This test is designed to determine the ability of a material to reduce or eliminate undesirable foam that can be generated during the mixing and application of agricultural chemicals in dilute aqueous mixtures.

    This method is useful for testing liquid defoaming agents, such as silicone emulsion or organic type defoaming agents. In principle, it might also be used to test dry antifoam agents with minor modifications to the procedure.

    This method could be employed to determine the relative effectiveness of one defoaming agent versus another. It is left to the user of this method to interpret the results with respect to the actual field use of the defoaming agents tested.

    This method assumes that the defoaming agent being tested has sufficient durability to maintain its activity for the duration of the test.

    Sodium lauryl ether sulfate as the foaming agent is described in Section 7, Reagents. If desired the user of this test method may select an alternative suitable foaming agent.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method describes a qualitative method for the evaluation of liquid defoaming agents used to control undesirable foam in dilute, aqueous surfactant solutions. This laboratory test method may be applied to aqueous systems containing additional components, such as agricultural chemicals. This method is described using SI units

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

    1.3 This standard method does not purport to address all of the safety problems, 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

    E1116 Test Method for Emulsification Characteristics of Pesticide Emulsifiable Concentrates

    E1519 Terminology Relating to Agricultural Tank Mix Adjuvants


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 71.100.99 (Other products of the chemical industry)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 12160000(Additives)


    DOI: 10.1520/E2407-04R09

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