ASTM D2983-02a

    Standard Test Method for Low-Temperature Viscosity of Lubricants Measured by Brookfield Viscometer


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method describes the use of the Brookfield viscometer and a low-temperature bath for the determination of the low-shear-rate viscosity of lubricants. The test may operate in the viscosity range of 500 to 1 000 000 mPa·s (cP). The bath-controlled temperature is selected within the range of +5° to -40°C.

    1.2 The test method uses the SI unit, milliPascal-second (mPa·s), as the unit of viscosity. (1 cP = 1 mPa·s).

    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

    D341 Practice for Viscosity-Temperature Charts for Liquid Petroleum Products

    D2162 Practice for Basic Calibration of Master Viscometers and Viscosity Oil Standards

    D4175 Terminology Relating to Petroleum Products, Liquid Fuels, and Lubricants

    D5133 Test Method for Low Temperature, Low Shear Rate, Viscosity/Temperature Dependence of Lubricating Oils Using a Temperature-Scanning Technique

    D5293 Test Method for Apparent Viscosity of Engine Oils and Base Stocks Between 10C and 35C Using Cold-Cranking Simulator

    D6708 Practice for Statistical Assessment and Improvement of Expected Agreement Between Two Test Methods that Purport to Measure the Same Property of a Material

    D7962 Practice for Determination of Minimum Immersion Depth and Assessment of Temperature Sensor Measurement Drift

    D8210 Test Method for Automatic Determination of Low-Temperature Viscosity of Automatic Transmission Fluids, Hydraulic Fluids, and Lubricants Using a Rotational Viscometer

    E1 Specification for ASTM Liquid-in-Glass Thermometers

    E644 Test Methods for Testing Industrial Resistance Thermometers

    E2877 Guide for Digital Contact Thermometers

    ISO Standard

    ISO 17025


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 75.100 (Lubricants, industrial oils and related products)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 15121500(Lubricating preparations); 41103312(Viscosimeters)


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    DOI: 10.1520/D2983-02A

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    ASTM D2983-02a, Standard Test Method for Low-Temperature Viscosity of Lubricants Measured by Brookfield Viscometer, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2002, www.astm.org

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