ASTM E2685 - 09

    Standard Specification for Steel Blades Used with the Photovoltaic Module Surface Cut Test

    Active Standard ASTM E2685 | Developed by Subcommittee: E44.09

    Book of Standards Volume: 12.02


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    Significance and Use

    1. Scope

    1.1 This specification specifies the recommended physical characteristics of the steel blades required for the surface cut test described in ANSI/UL 1703 (Section 24) and IEC 61730-2 (Paragraph 10.3).

    1.2 ANSI/UL 1703 and IEC 61730-2 are standards for photovoltaic module safety testing.

    1.3 This standard provides additional fabrication details for the surface cut test blades that are not provided in ANSI/UL 1703 or IEC 61730-2. Surface cut test blades that have out-of-tolerance corner radii or burrs are known to cause erroneous test results, either passes or failures.

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

    1.5 This standard 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

    A506 Specification for Alloy and Structural Alloy Steel, Sheet and Strip, Hot-Rolled and Cold-Rolled

    A684/A684M Specification for Steel, Strip, High-Carbon, Cold-Rolled

    E1328 Terminology Relating to Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conversion

    International Electrotechnical Commission Standards

    IEC61730-2 Photovoltaic (PV) Module Safety Qualification - Part 2: Requirements for Testing

    American National Standard

    ANSI/UL1703 Flat-Plate Photovoltaic Modules and Panels


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 27.160 (Solar energy engineering)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 32111701(Photovoltaic cells)


    DOI: 10.1520/E2685-09

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