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    ASTM B567 - 98(2021)

    Standard Test Method for Measurement of Coating Thickness by the Beta Backscatter Method

    Active Standard ASTM B567 | Developed by Subcommittee: B08.10

    Book of Standards Volume: 02.05

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    Significance and Use

    4.1 The thickness or mass per unit area of a coating is often critical to its performance.

    4.2 For some coating-substrate combinations, the beta backscatter method is a reliable method for measuring the coating nondestructively.

    4.3 The test method is suitable for thickness specification acceptance if the mass per unit area is specified. It is not suitable for specification acceptance if the coating thickness is specified and the density of the coating material can vary or is not known.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the beta backscatter gages for the nondestructive measurement of metallic and nonmetallic coatings on both metallic and nonmetallic substrate materials.

    1.2 The test method measures the mass of coating per unit area, which can also be expressed in linear thickness units provided that the density of the coating is known.

    1.3 The test method is applicable only if the atomic numbers or equivalent atomic numbers of the coating and substrate differ by an appropriate amount (see 6.2).

    1.4 Beta backscatter instruments employ a number of different radioactive isotopes. Although the activities of these isotopes are normally very low, they can present a hazard if handled incorrectly. This standard does not purport to address the safety issues and the proper handling of radioactive materials. It is the responsibility of the user to comply with applicable State and Federal regulations concerning the handling and use of radioactive material. Some States require licensing and registration of the radioactive isotopes.

    1.5 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

    1.6 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, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

    1.7 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.

    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    International standard

    ISO3543: Metallic and Nonmetallic Coatings--Measurement of Thickness--Beta Backscatter Method

    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 17.040.20 (Properties of surfaces)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code

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    DOI: 10.1520/B0567-98R21

    Citation Format

    ASTM B567-98(2021), Standard Test Method for Measurement of Coating Thickness by the Beta Backscatter Method, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2021, www.astm.org

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