ASTM D953-02

    Standard Test Method for Bearing Strength of Plastics


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the determination of the bearing strength of rigid plastics in either sheet or molded form. Procedure A is applicable for tension loading and Procedure B for compression loading.

    1.2 Test data obtained by this test method is relevant and appropriate for use in engineering design.

    1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are for information 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—There is no known ISO equivalent to this standard.


    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

    D883 Terminology Relating to Plastics

    D5947 Test Methods for Physical Dimensions of Solid Plastics Specimens

    D7290 Practice for Evaluating Material Property Characteristic Values for Polymeric Composites for Civil Engineering Structural Applications

    E4 Practices for Force Verification of Testing Machines

    E6 Terminology Relating to Methods of Mechanical Testing

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

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


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 83.080.01 (Plast in general)

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    DOI: 10.1520/D0953-02

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    ASTM D953-02, Standard Test Method for Bearing Strength of Plastics, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2002, www.astm.org

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