ASTM D1481-02

    Standard Test Method for Density and Relative Density (Specific Gravity) of Viscous Materials by Lipkin Bicapillary Pycnometer


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the determination of the density of oils more viscous than 15 cSt at 20°C (mm2/s), and of viscous oils and melted waxes at elevated temperatures, but not at temperatures at which the sample would have a vapor pressure of 100 mm Hg (13 kPa) or above.

    Note 1—To determine the densities of less viscous liquids at 20 or 25°C use Test Method D 1217.

    1.2 This test method provides a calculation procedure for converting density to relative density (specific gravity).

    1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard.

    1.4 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

    D1217 Test Method for Density and Relative Density (Specific Gravity) of Liquids by Bingham Pycnometer

    D1250 Guide for Use of the Petroleum Measurement Tables

    D4052 Test Method for Density, Relative Density, and API Gravity of Liquids by Digital Density Meter


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 17.060 (Measurement of volume, mass, density, viscosity)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 15101500(Petroleum and distillates); 41103316(Pycnometers)


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    DOI: 10.1520/D1481-02

    Citation Format

    ASTM D1481-02, Standard Test Method for Density and Relative Density (Specific Gravity) of Viscous Materials by Lipkin Bicapillary Pycnometer, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2002, www.astm.org

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