ASTM D792-98

    Standard Test Methods for Density and Specific Gravity (Relative Density) of Plastics by Displacement


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    1. Scope

    1.1 These test methods describe the determination of the specific gravity (relative density) and density of solid plastics in forms such as sheets, rods, tubes, or molded items.

    1.2 Two test methods are described:

    1.2.1 Test Method A --For testing solid plastics in water, and

    1.2.2 Test Method B--For testing solid plastics in liquids other than water.

    Note 1--Alternatively, Test Method D1505 may be applied to many such forms, as well as to films and sheeting.

    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 problems, 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 2--This standard is not equivalent to ISO 1183 Method A.


    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

    D618 Practice for Conditioning Plastics for Testing

    D891 Test Methods for Specific Gravity, Apparent, of Liquid Industrial Chemicals

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

    D6436 Guide for Reporting Properties for Plastics and Thermoplastic Elastomers

    E1 Specification for ASTM Liquid-in-Glass Thermometers

    E12 Terminology Relating to Density and Specific Gravity of Solids, Liquids, and Gases

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


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 83.120 (Reinforced plastics)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


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    DOI: 10.1520/D0792-98

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    ASTM D792-98, Standard Test Methods for Density and Specific Gravity (Relative Density) of Plastics by Displacement, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2000, www.astm.org

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