Standard Historical Last Updated: Dec 31, 2010
ASTM B703-05

Standard Test Method for Apparent Density of Powders Using Arnold Meter

Significance and Use

The apparent density is an important measure of a material characteristic inherent in the powder that is useful to the powder producers and end users in determining lot to lot consistency. Knowledge of the apparent density of the final mix as obtained with this test method is very beneficial to the powder metallurgy (P/M) parts fabricator for setting compression ratios for fixed fill die cavities.

This test method may be part of a purchase agreement between the powder supplier and P/M parts producer, or it may be an internal quality control test for either party.


1.1 This test method covers a procedure for determining the apparent density of both free- and non-free-flowing powders, premixes, and blended mixes.

1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.

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.

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Book of Standards Volume: 02.05
Developed by Subcommittee: B09.02
Pages: 3
DOI: 10.1520/B0703-05
ICS Code: 77.160