ASTM F548 - 09

    Standard Test Method for Intensity of Scratches on Aerospace Transparent Plastics

    Active Standard ASTM F548 | Developed by Subcommittee: F07.08

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.03


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    Significance and Use

    Scratches exist on all transparent plastic surfaces. Usually they are very fine scratches from cleaning operations that are not visible when looking through the plastic. Deeper scratches may result from careless cleaning or handling. While these may not be deep enough to affect the structural integrity of the part, their appearance in certain locations may be distracting to the observer looking through the plastic. Therefore, a procedure to define these scratches is useful.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the visual inspection of shallow or superficial scratches on the surface of aerospace transparent plastic materials.

    1.2 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

    F428 Test Method for Intensity of Scratches on Aerospace Glass Enclosures


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 49.045 (Structure and structure elements)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 25200000(Aerospace systems and components and equipment)


    DOI: 10.1520/F0548-09

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