ASTM E808 - 01(2009)

    Standard Practice for Describing Retroreflection

    Active Standard ASTM E808 | Developed by Subcommittee: E12.10

    Book of Standards Volume: 06.01


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    Significance and Use

    This practice applies to any measurement of reflectance in which the angle at the sample between the direction of the incident radiation and the direction of viewing is less than approximately 10°, and the reflected radiation is concentrated in a direction opposite to the direction of incidence.

    The CIE (goniometer) system described in 6.1.1 was developed by the Subcommittee on Retroreflection of Committee 2.3 on Materials of the International Commission on Illumination (Commission International de l'Eclairage, CIE). It is intended to provide a common basis for the measurement of retroreflection, which should be used worldwide.

    This practice provides alternative geometric coordinate systems useful for visualizing relationships between various angles in actual use.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice provides terminology, alternative geometrical coordinate systems, and procedures for designating angles in descriptions of retroreflectors, specifications for retroreflector performance, and measurements of retroreflection.

    1.2 Terminology defined herein includes terms germane to other ASTM documents on retroreflection.

    1.3 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.

    CIE Document

    CIEPublicationNo.54 Retroreflection-Definition and Measurement Available from U.S. National Committee of the CIE (International Commission on Illumination), C/o Thomas M. Lemons, TLA-Lighting Consultants, Inc., 7 Pond St., Salem, MA 01970, http://www.cie-usnc.org.

    ASTM Standards

    E284 Terminology of Appearance

    Federal Standard

    Fed.Std.No.370 Instrumental Photometric Measurements of Retroreflecting Materials and Retroreflecting Devices Available from Standardization Documents Order Desk, DODSSP, Bldg. 4, Section D, 700 Robbins Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19111-5098, http://www.dodssp.daps.mil.


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 17.180.20 (Colours and measurement of light)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/E0808-01R09

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