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1.1 This test method covers cellular plastics, which are composed of membranes or walls of polymer separating small cavities or cells. These cells may be interconnecting (open cell), non-connecting (closed cell), or any combination of these types. This test method determines numerical values for open cells. It is a porosity determination, measuring the accessible cellular volume of a material. The remaining volume is that occupied by closed cells and cell walls. Since any conveniently sized specimen can only be obtained by some cutting operation, a fraction of the closed cells will be opened by specimen preparation and will be included as open cells, (see Note 2).
1.2 This test method provides good accuracy on predominantly highly open-celled materials. By not accounting for closed cells that were opened during specimen preparation, the accuracy decreases as the closed cell content increases and as the cell size increases.
1.3 The values as stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values in brackets are given for reference only.
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.
Note 1—This test method and ISO 4590-1981 use the same basic principles but are significantly different in experimental detail.
Note 2—Two procedures for correcting for cells opened during specimen preparation are described in Appendix X1.1.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
D883 Terminology Relating to Plastics
D2842 Test Method for Water Absorption of Rigid Cellular Plastics
D3576 Test Method for Cell Size of Rigid Cellular Plastics
E691 Practice for Conducting an Interlaboratory Study to Determine the Precision of a Test Method
ISO StandardISO 4590
ICS Number Code 83.080.01 (Plastics in general)
UNSPSC Code 13111065(Cellulosic resins)
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ASTM D6226-05, Standard Test Method for Open Cell Content of Rigid Cellular Plastics, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2005, www.astm.orgBack to Top