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Significance and Use
5.1 This test method may be used to determine and validate the performance of a particular thermomechanical analyzer apparatus.
5.2 This test method may be used to determine and validate the performance of a particular method based upon thermomechanical analyzer temperature or length change measurements.
5.3 This test method may be used to determine the repeatability of a particular apparatus, operator, or laboratory.
5.4 This test method may be used for specification and regulatory compliance purposes.
1.1 This test method provides procedures for validating temperature and length change measurements of thermomechanical analyzers (TMA) and analytical methods based upon the measurement of temperature and length change. Performance parameters include temperature repeatability, linearity and bias; and dimension change repeatability, detection limit, quantitation limit, linearity and bias.
1.2 Validation of apparatus performance and analytical methods is a necessary requirement for quality initiatives. Results may also be used for legal purposes.
1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this 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.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
E473 Terminology Relating to Thermal Analysis and Rheology
E1142 Terminology Relating to Thermophysical Properties
E1363 Test Method for Temperature Calibration of Thermomechanical Analyzers
E1970 Practice for Statistical Treatment of Thermoanalytical Data
E2113 Test Method for Length Change Calibration of Thermomechanical Analyzers
E2161 Terminology Relating to Performance Validation in Thermal Analysis
ICS Number Code 17.200.20 (Temperature-measuring instruments)
ASTM E2918-13, Standard Test Method for Performance Validation of Thermomechanical Analyzers, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2013, www.astm.orgBack to Top