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This specification, which covers polystyrene materials, both crystal and rubber modified suitable for molding and extrusion, is intended to be a means of calling out plastic materials used in the fabrication of end items or parts. Polystyrene materials are classified according to classes after being grouped as crystal, rubber modified, and others. The materials are further classified according to grades after being grouped as general-purpose, other medium impact, high impact, super-high-impact, and others. The materials shall conform to the prescribed injection molded properties and natural colors.
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1.1 This classification system covers polystyrene materials, both crystal and rubber modified, suitable for molding and extrusion.
1.2 This classification system and subsequent line callout (specification) are intended to be a means of calling out plastic materials used in the fabrication of end items or parts. It is not intended for the selection of materials. Material selection can be made by those having expertise in the plastics field after careful consideration of the design and the performance required of the part, the environment to which it will be exposed, the fabrication process to be employed, the inherent properties of the material other than those covered by this specification, and the economics.
1.3 The properties included in this specification are those required to identify the compositions covered. Other requirements necessary to identify particular characteristics important to specialized applications are to be specified using the suffixes as given in Section .
1.4 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.
Note 1: This standard combines elements from ISO 1622-1-2 and ISO 2897-1-2, but is not equivalent to either ISO standard.
1.5 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.
D256 Test Methods for Determining the Izod Pendulum Impact Resistance of Plastics
D638 Test Method for Tensile Properties of Plastics
D648 Test Method for Deflection Temperature of Plastics Under Flexural Load in the Edgewise Position
D790 Test Methods for Flexural Properties of Unreinforced and Reinforced Plastics and Electrical Insulating Materials
D792 Test Methods for Density and Specific Gravity (Relative Density) of Plastics by Displacement
D883 Terminology Relating to Plastics
D1238 Test Method for Melt Flow Rates of Thermoplastics by Extrusion Plastometer
D1525 Test Method for Vicat Softening Temperature of Plastics
D1600 Terminology for Abbreviated Terms Relating to Plastics
D3892 Practice for Packaging/Packing of Plastics
D4000 Classification System for Specifying Plastic Materials
D5630 Test Method for Ash Content in Plastics
E29 Practice for Using Significant Digits in Test Data to Determine Conformance with Specifications
ICS Number Code 83.080.10 (Thermosetting materials)
UNSPSC Code 13102026(Polystyrene PS)
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ASTM D4549-15(2021), Standard Classification System and Basis for Specification for Polystyrene and Rubber-Modified Polystyrene Molding and Extrusion Materials (PS), ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2021, www.astm.orgBack to Top