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This specification focuses on the classification, and requirements and test methods for the material and properties of solid plastic shapes manufactured from ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMW-PE), both virgin and recycled. The properties included in this specification are those required for the compositions covered and are derived from molded samples or fabricated from sheet, rod and profiles. The mechanical properties for which the materials shall be tested on and shall accordingly adhere to are elongation stress, elongation at break, and Izod impact strength.
This abstract is a brief summary of the referenced standard. It is informational only and not an official part of the standard; the full text of the standard itself must be referred to for its use and application. ASTM does not give any warranty express or implied or make any representation that the contents of this abstract are accurate, complete or up to date.
1.1 This specification covers requirements and test methods for the material and properties of solid plastic shapes manufactured from UHMW-PE.
1.2 The properties included in this specification are those required for the compositions covered and are derived from molded samples or fabricated from sheet, rod and profiles. Requirements necessary to identify particular characteristics important to specialized applications are described by using the classification system given in Section .
1.3 This specification allows for the use of recycled plastics (as defined in Guide ).
1.4 The values are stated in SI units and are to be regarded as the standard in all property tables. For reference purposes, English units are also included in Table S-UHMW-PE and Table A and are not necessarily exact equivalents.
1.5 The following precautionary caveat pertains only to the test method portions of this specification. 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 requirements 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.
D618 Practice for Conditioning Plastics for Testing
D638 Test Method for Tensile Properties of Plastics
D883 Terminology Relating to Plastics
D1600 Terminology for Abbreviated Terms Relating to Plastics
D3892 Practice for Packaging/Packing of Plastics
D4000 Classification System for Specifying Plastic Materials
D4020 Specification for Ultra-High-Molecular-Weight Polyethylene Molding and Extrusion Materials
D5033 Guide for Development of ASTM Standards Relating to Recycling and Use of Recycled Plastics
ISO StandardISO 11542-2 Ultra-High-Molecular Weight Polyethylene (PE-UHMW) Moulding MaterialsPart 2: Preparation of Test Specimens and Determination of Properties
ICS Number Code 83.140.99 (Other rubber and plastic products)
UNSPSC Code 13111016(Polyethylene)
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ASTM D6712-17, Standard Specification for Ultra-High-Molecular-Weight Polyethylene (UHMW-PE) Solid Plastic Shapes, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2017, www.astm.orgBack to Top