ASTM D8046 - 16a

    Standard Guide for Pumpability of Heat Transfer Fluids

    Active Standard ASTM D8046 | Developed by Subcommittee: D02.L0.06

    Book of Standards Volume: 05.05


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 Pumpability of heat transfer fluids depends upon the configuration of the system in use, pumps and their installation, and the physical properties of the fluids being transported. The fluid’s ability to pump efficiently is key to the economy of the system operation and heat transfer fluid life. The test methods listed in Section 5 may be considered as guides for determining the pumpability of heat transfer fluids under specific operating conditions. Information gained from use of this guide will aid in the selection of pumping equipment and its installation.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide covers general information, without specific limits, for selecting and evaluating pumpability characteristics of heat transfer fluids at both low and high temperature. This guide is a compendium of information and does not recommend a specific course of action. This guide provides additional information on pumpability topics found in companion guides for evaluating heat transfer fluids, Guides D5372 and D7665.

    1.2 Pumpability of heat transfer fluids is dependent on both fluid properties and the design of the fluid handling system that stores and transports the fluid, and therefore presents a number of pumping options. This guide is considered particularly useful for identifying pumpability options. The listing of test standards and guides is not all-inclusive and additional standards and guides may be useful.

    1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard.

    1.3.1 Exception—Other units are provided for information only.

    1.4 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. Users of heat transfer fluids should be especially mindful of potential fire and explosion hazards.


    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

    D92 Test Method for Flash and Fire Points by Cleveland Open Cup Tester

    D93 Test Methods for Flash Point by Pensky-Martens Closed Cup Tester

    D97 Test Method for Pour Point of Petroleum Products

    D445 Test Method for Kinematic Viscosity of Transparent and Opaque Liquids (and Calculation of Dynamic Viscosity)

    D891 Test Methods for Specific Gravity, Apparent, of Liquid Industrial Chemicals

    D2161 Practice for Conversion of Kinematic Viscosity to Saybolt Universal Viscosity or to Saybolt Furol Viscosity

    D2270 Practice for Calculating Viscosity Index from Kinematic Viscosity at 40C and 100C

    D2879 Test Method for Vapor Pressure-Temperature Relationship and Initial Decomposition Temperature of Liquids by Isoteniscope

    D2887 Test Method for Boiling Range Distribution of Petroleum Fractions by Gas Chromatography

    D2983 Test Method for Low-Temperature Viscosity of Lubricants Measured by Brookfield Viscometer

    D4052 Test Method for Density, Relative Density, and API Gravity of Liquids by Digital Density Meter

    D5372 Guide for Evaluation of Hydrocarbon Heat Transfer Fluids

    D6304 Test Method for Determination of Water in Petroleum Products, Lubricating Oils, and Additives by Coulometric Karl Fischer Titration

    D7042 Test Method for Dynamic Viscosity and Density of Liquids by Stabinger Viscometer (and the Calculation of Kinematic Viscosity)

    D7665 Guide for Evaluation of Biodegradable Heat Transfer Fluids

    E794 Test Method for Melting And Crystallization Temperatures By Thermal Analysis


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 75.100 (Lubricants, industrial oils and related products)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 15121530(Heat transfer oil or fluid)


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    DOI: 10.1520/D8046-16A

    Citation Format

    ASTM D8046-16a, Standard Guide for Pumpability of Heat Transfer Fluids, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2016, www.astm.org

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