ASTM E424-71(2007)

    Standard Test Methods for Solar Energy Transmittance and Reflectance (Terrestrial) of Sheet Materials


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    1. Scope

    1.1 These test methods cover the measurement of solar energy transmittance and reflectance (terrestrial) of materials in sheet form. Method A, using a spectrophotometer, is applicable for both transmittance and reflectance and is the referee method. Method B is applicable only for measurement of transmittance using a pyranometer in an enclosure and the sun as the energy source. Specimens for Method A are limited in size by the geometry of the spectrophotometer while Method B requires a specimen 0.61 m2 (2 ft2). For the materials studied by the drafting task group, both test methods give essentially equivalent results.

    1.2 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.


    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

    E259 Practice for Preparation of Pressed Powder White Reflectance Factor Transfer Standards for Hemispherical and Bi-Directional Geometries

    E275 Practice for Describing and Measuring Performance of Ultraviolet and Visible Spectrophotometers

    E308 Practice for Computing the Colors of Objects by Using the CIE System


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 83.140.10 (Films and sheets)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 41115406(Spectrophotometers)


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    DOI: 10.1520/E0424-71R07

    Citation Format

    ASTM E424-71(2007), Standard Test Methods for Solar Energy Transmittance and Reflectance (Terrestrial) of Sheet Materials, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2007, www.astm.org

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