ASTM G176 - 03(2009)

    Standard Test Method for Ranking Resistance of Plastics to Sliding Wear using Block-on-Ring Wear Test—Cumulative Wear Method

    Active Standard ASTM G176 | Developed by Subcommittee: G02.40

    Book of Standards Volume: 03.02


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    Significance and Use

    The significance of this test method in any overall measurement program directed toward a service application will depend on the relative match of test conditions to the conditions of the service application.

    This test method prescribes the test procedure and method of calculating and reporting data for determining the sliding wear resistance of plastics, using cumulative volume loss.

    The intended use of this test is for coarse screening of plastics in terms of their resistance to sliding wear.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers laboratory procedures for determining the resistance of plastics to sliding wear. The test utilizes a block-on-ring friction and wear testing machine to rank plastics according to their sliding wear characteristics against metals or other solids.

    1.2 An important attribute of this test is that it is very flexible. Any material that can be fabricated into, or applied to, blocks and rings can be tested. Thus, the potential materials combinations are endless. In addition, the test can be run with different gaseous atmospheres and elevated temperatures, as desired, to simulate service conditions.

    1.3 Wear test results are reported as the volume loss in cubic millimetres for the block and ring. Materials of higher wear resistance will have lower volume loss.

    1.4 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.

    1.5 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

    D618 Practice for Conditioning Plastics for Testing

    D2714 Test Method for Calibration and Operation of the Falex Block-on-Ring Friction and Wear Testing Machine

    E122 Practice for Calculating Sample Size to Estimate, With Specified Precision, the Average for a Characteristic of a Lot or Process

    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

    G40 Terminology Relating to Wear and Erosion

    G77 Test Method for Ranking Resistance of Materials to Sliding Wear Using Block-on-Ring Wear Test


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 19.060 (Mechanical testing); 83.080.01 (Plastics in general)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 41114625(Wear testers)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/G0176-03R09

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    Citation Format

    ASTM G176-03(2009), Standard Test Method for Ranking Resistance of Plastics to Sliding Wear using Block-on-Ring Wear Test—Cumulative Wear Method, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2009, www.astm.org

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