ASTM D7966 / D7966M - 16

    Standard Test Method for Resistance to Creep of Adhesives in Static Shear by Compression Loading (Wood-to-Wood)

    Active Standard ASTM D7966 / D7966M | Developed by Subcommittee: D14.30

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.06


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 This test method evaluates the performance of the adhesive in laminated wood as measured by resistance to creep under static load.

    5.2 Test results from the evaluation of adhesive creep resistance, under designated environmental conditions of the test, provide a measure of the adhesive’s ability to withstand constant loading over a relatively long period of time.

    5.3 Creep measured with this test method is normally used in conjunction with specifications such as, but not limited to Specification D2559 and CSA O112.9 to confirm suitability of an adhesive to resist creep under designed loads when subjected to specific levels of stress, load duration and environmental conditions.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the determination of creep properties of structural adhesives in wood-to-wood bonds when a standardized specimen is subjected to shearing stresses at various levels of static load, constant temperature, and relative humidity. Apparatus and procedures are provided for shear deformation (creep) of adhesive bonds under static load. This test method is used under the indicated conditions to evaluate resistance to creep properties of a structural wood adhesive.

    1.2 The test method is used to evaluate creep performance of adhesives suitable for the bonding of wood, including treated wood, into structural wood products for general construction, marine use, or for other uses where a high-strength general construction, creep-resistant, durable adhesive bond is required. Individual block shear specimens are prepared from adhesively bonded laminations, subjected to a constant load under various combinations of temperature and relative humidity, and the amount of creep measured.

    1.3 Creep of structural wood adhesives as measured by this test method may not be comparative to other ASTM methods and is limited to the conditions of the test and procedures contained herein.

    1.4 The values stated in either SI units or inch-pound units are to be regarded separately as standard. The values stated in each system may not be exact equivalents; therefore, each system shall be used independently of the other. Combining values from the two systems may result in non-conformance with the standard.

    1.5 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.


    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

    D905 Test Method for Strength Properties of Adhesive Bonds in Shear by Compression Loading

    D907 Terminology of Adhesives

    D1101 Test Methods for Integrity of Adhesive Joints in Structural Laminated Wood Products for Exterior Use

    D2395 Test Methods for Density and Specific Gravity (Relative Density) of Wood and Wood-Based Materials

    D2559 Specification for Adhesives for Bonded Structural Wood Products for Use Under Exterior Exposure Conditions

    D4442 Test Methods for Direct Moisture Content Measurement of Wood and Wood-Based Materials

    E4 Practices for Force Verification of Testing Machines

    Other Document

    CSA O112.9


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 79.060.01 (Wood-based panels in general); 83.180 (Adhesives)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 31201600(Other adhesives and sealants)


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    DOI: 10.1520/D7966_D7966M-16

    Citation Format

    ASTM D7966 / D7966M-16, Standard Test Method for Resistance to Creep of Adhesives in Static Shear by Compression Loading (Wood-to-Wood), ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2016, www.astm.org

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