ASTM F558 - 13

    Standard Test Method for Measuring Air Performance Characteristics of Vacuum Cleaners

    Active Standard ASTM F558 | Developed by Subcommittee: F11.22

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.08


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 The test results allow the comparison of the maximum potential air power available for cleaning tasks when tested under the conditions of this test method. The test results do not indicate the actual air power present during the cleaning process due to the effects of the various tools in use and surfaces being cleaned. During the nozzle on plenum chamber air performance testing, the brushroll is unloaded and this condition is not representative of the brushroll being in contact with carpet or other surfaces being cleaned.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers procedures for determining air performance characteristics of commercial and household upright, canister, stick, hand-held, utility, and combination-type vacuum cleaners having provisions for attaching a hose and incorporating a series universal motor. This test method can be applied to the carpet cleaning mode of operation.

    1.2 These tests and calculations include determination of suction, airflow, air power, maximum air power, and input power under standard operating conditions (see Note 1). The nozzle mounted on plenum testing is an ideal air performance measurement and is not intended to represent the actual air performance during carpet or floor cleaning.

    Note 1For more information on air performance characteristics, see Refs (1-6).2

    1.3 The foot-pound-inch system of units is used in this standard. The values in parentheses are given for information only.

    1.4 This standard may involve hazardous materials, operations, and equipment. 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. A specific precautionary statement is given in Note 2.


    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

    E1 Specification for ASTM Liquid-in-Glass Thermometers

    E177 Practice for Use of the Terms Precision and Bias in ASTM Test Methods

    E691 Practice for Conducting an Interlaboratory Study to Determine the Precision of a Test Method

    E2251 Specification for Liquid-in-Glass ASTM Thermometers with Low-Hazard Precision Liquids

    F431 Specification for Air Performance Measurement Plenum Chamber for Vacuum Cleaners

    AMCA Standard

    210-85 Laboratory Methods of Testing Fans for Rating

    IEC Standard

    IEC60312Ed3.2 Vacuum Cleaners for Household Use--Methods of Measuring the Performance


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 97.080 (Cleaning appliances)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 47121602(Vacuum cleaners)


    DOI: 10.1520/F0558

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