ASTM D2842-06

    Standard Test Method for Water Absorption of Rigid Cellular Plastics


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the determination of the water absorption of rigid cellular plastics by measuring the change in buoyant force resulting from immersion under a 5.1-cm (2-in.) head of water for the specified immersion period of 96 h.

    1.2 This test method describes two procedures that shall be used to measure the change in buoyant force. Procedure A shall be used for materials that either experience rapid water absorption or that show an increase in volume during the exposure period, or both. Materials that do not exhibit either of these characteristics shall be evaluated by Procedure B.

    1.3 For specific applications, immersion periods varying from the normal 96-h test requirement shall be agreed upon between the manufacturer and the purchaser.

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

    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.

    This test method is equivalent to ISO 2896.


    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

    D883 Terminology Relating to Plastics

    D3576 Test Method for Cell Size of Rigid Cellular Plastics

    D4968 Practice for Annual Review of Test Methods and Specifications for Plastics

    E96 Test Methods for Water Vapor Transmission of Materials

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

    E456 Terminology Relating to Quality and Statistics

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

    E2935 Practice for Conducting Equivalence Testing in Laboratory Applications


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 83.100 (Cellular materials)

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    DOI: 10.1520/D2842-06

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    ASTM D2842-06, Standard Test Method for Water Absorption of Rigid Cellular Plastics, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2006, www.astm.org

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