ASTM D3654/D3654M-02

    Standard Test Methods for Shear Adhesion of Pressure-Sensitive Tapes


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method describes procedures for determining the ability of pressure-sensitive tapes to remain adhered under constant load applied parallel to the surface of the tape and substrate.

    1.1.1 Procedure A measures the shear adhesion when applied to a vertical standard steel panel.

    1.1.2 Procedure B measures the shear adhesion when applied to vertical panel covered with NIST SRM 1810A standard fiberboard.

    1.1.3 Procedure C measures the shear adhesion when applied to a vertical panel covered with a fiberboard as defined by Comite Europeen de Normalisation (CEN).

    1.1.4 Procedure D measures shear adhesion when applied to a vertical panel covered with a fiberboard agreed upon by the buyer and seller.

    1.1.5 Procedure E measures shear adhesion of filament reinforced tape when applied to a horizontal standard steel panel.

    1.1.6 Procedure F measures shear adhesion of a filament reinforced tape when applied to a horizontal panel covered with NIST SRM 1810A standard fiberboard.

    1.1.7 Procedure G measures the shear adhesion of a filament reinforced tape when applied to a horizontal panel covered with a standard fiberboard defined by CEN.

    1.1.8 Procedure H measures the shear adhesion the same as Procedure A except the test is conducted at an elevated temperature and after a 10-min dwell time at the elevated temperature.

    1.2 These procedures provide a means of assessing the uniformity of the adhesive of a given type of pressure-sensitive tape, usually tapes used for packaging applications. The assessment may be within a roll of tape, between rolls or production lots.

    1.2.1 Variations in the tape backing and adhesive affect the response; therefore, these procedures cannot be used to pinpoint the specific cause(s) of nonuniformity.

    1.2.2 This test method is intended to replace AFERA 4012, CEN 1943, and PSTC (see 7.2).

    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

    A666 Specification for Annealed or Cold-Worked Austenitic Stainless Steel Sheet, Strip, Plate, and Flat Bar

    D3715/D3715M Practice for Quality Assurance of Pressure-Sensitive Tapes

    D4332 Practice for Conditioning Containers, Packages, or Packaging Components for Testing

    D5750/D5750M Guide for Width and Length of Pressure-Sensitive Tape

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

    AFERA Standard

    AFERA 4012 Self-Adhesive TapesMeasurement of Static Shear Adhesion AFERA (Association des Fabricants Europeen de Rubans Auto-Adhesifs), LAM, laan Copes van Cattenburch 79, NL2858 EW., the Hague, the Netherlands.

    CEN Standard

    EN 1943


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 55.040 (Packaging materials and accessories)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 31201500(Tape)


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    DOI: 10.1520/D3654_D3654M-02

    Citation Format

    ASTM D3654 / D3654M-02, Standard Test Methods for Shear Adhesion of Pressure-Sensitive Tapes, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2002, www.astm.org

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