ASTM C653-97

    Standard Guide for Determination of the Thermal Resistance of Low-Density Blanket-Type Mineral Fiber Insulation


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide describes the calculation and interpolation of a thermal resistance value for low-density blanket-type insulation material at a particular density and thickness having been selected as representative of the product. It requires measured values of this average density and thickness, as well as apparent thermal conductivity values determined by either Test Method C177 or C518.

    1.2 This guide applies to a density range for mineral-fiber material of roughly 6.4 to 48 kg/m (0.4 to 3.0 lb/ft ). It is primarily intended to apply to low-density, mineral-fiber mass insulation batts and blankets, exclusive of any membrane facings. Apparent thermal conductivity data for these products are commonly reported at a mean temperature of 23.9°C (75°F) and a hot-to-cold plate temperature difference of 27.8°C (50°F) or 22.2°C (40°F).

    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.

    ASTM Standards

    C167 Test Methods for Thickness and Density of Blanket or Batt Thermal Insulations

    C168 Terminology Relating to Thermal Insulation

    C177 Test Method for Steady-State Heat Flux Measurements and Thermal Transmission Properties by Means of the Guarded-Hot-Plate Apparatus

    C518 Test Method for Steady-State Thermal Transmission Properties by Means of the Heat Flow Meter Apparatus

    C687 Practice for Determination of Thermal Resistance of Loose-Fill Building Insulation

    C1045 Practice for Calculating Thermal Transmission Properties Under Steady-State Conditions

    C1114 Test Method for Steady-State Thermal Transmission Properties by Means of the Thin-Heater Apparatus


    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 30141508(Fiber insulation)


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    DOI: 10.1520/C0653-97

    Citation Format

    ASTM C653-97, Standard Guide for Determination of the Thermal Resistance of Low-Density Blanket-Type Mineral Fiber Insulation, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 1997, www.astm.org

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