Standard Historical Last Updated: Dec 22, 2011
ASTM B855-06

Standard Test Method for Volumetric Flow Rate of Metal Powders Using Arnold Meter and Hall Funnel

Significance and Use

The volumetric flow rate is a measure of the flow characteristics of a metal powder. Measuring flow by volume as compared with flow per unit mass eliminates the variable of the powder density.

The ability of a powder to flow and pack is a function of interparticle friction. As the surface area increases, the amount of friction in a powder mass also increases. Consequently, the friction between particles increases, giving less efficient flow and packing.

Knowledge of the volumetric flow permits the number of parts that can be made per hour to be estimated.

This test method may be part of the purchase agreement between powder manufacturers and powder metallurgy (P/M) part producers, or it can be an internal quality control test by either the producer or the end user.


1.1 This test method covers a procedure for measuring the flow characteristics of a given volume of powder.

1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard (except for the Hall Flowmeter Funnel, which is produced in inch-pound units). 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: 4
DOI: 10.1520/B0855-06
ICS Code: 17.120.01