ASTM F820 - 11

    Standard Test Method for Measuring Air Performance Characteristics of Central Vacuum Cleaning Systems

    Active Standard ASTM F820 | Developed by Subcommittee: F11.22

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.08


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    Significance and Use

    The test results allow the comparison of the maximum air power available when no dirt has been introduced into the vacuum cleaning system, that is, a completely clean filter or an empty, clean dirt container.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers procedures for determining air performance characteristics of household central vacuum cleaning systems, which use a flexible cleaning hose assembly and incorporates a series universal motor(s). This test method does not apply to the carpet cleaning mode of operation where dirt or debris is involved.

    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 0).

    Note 0

    For more information on air performance characteristics, see Refs ().

    1.3 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are provided for information only.

    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 0.


    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/F0820-11

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