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ASTM C516-19

Standard Specification for Vermiculite Loose Fill Thermal Insulation

Standard Specification for Vermiculite Loose Fill Thermal Insulation C0516-19 ASTM|C0516-19|en-US Standard Specification for Vermiculite Loose Fill Thermal Insulation Standard new BOS Vol. 04.06 Committee C16
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This specification covers the chemical and physical property requirements and acceptability testing procedures of expanded or exfoliated vermiculite loose fill thermal insulation. This also includes vermiculite that has been surface-treated to produce water repellency for use in installations where liquid moisture may be a factor. Vermiculite insulation is specified by two types according to treatments and five classes according to the range of particle size distribution. The insulation should conform to the specified values of bulk density, grading, water properties, thermal resistance, moisture absorption, combustibility, and surface-burning characteristics. Tests to determine the physical properties should also be in accordance with the specified test procedures.


1.1 This specification covers the composition and physical properties of expanded or exfoliated vermiculite loose-fill insulation. The specification also includes the testing procedures by which the acceptability of the material shall be determined. These testing procedures deal primarily with material performance in the temperature range associated with the thermal envelope of buildings; however, the commercially usable temperature range for this insulation is from –119 to 850°F (–84 to 454°C). Refer to manufacturer's instructions for specialized applications.

1.2 The specification also covers the composition and properties of vermiculite that has been surface-treated to produce water repellency for installations.

1.3 When the installation or use of thermal insulation materials, accessories, and systems may pose safety or health problems, the manufacturer shall provide the user with appropriate current information regarding any known problems associated with the recommended use of the company's products, and shall also recommend protective measures to be employed in their safe utilization.

1.4 The following applies to Test Method E84 and Test Method E136. This standard is used to measure and describe the response of materials, products, or assemblies to heat and flame under controlled conditions, but does not by itself incorporate all factors required for fire hazard or fire risk assessment of the materials, products, or assemblies under actual fire conditions.

1.5 The following applies to Test Method E84 and Test Method E136. Fire testing is inherently hazardous. Adequate safeguards for personnel and property shall be employed in conducting these tests.

1.6 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.

1.7 The following safety hazards caveat pertains only to the test methods portion, Section 9, 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, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. For specific hazard statements, see Section 12.

1.8 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.

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Book of Standards Volume: 04.06
Developed by Subcommittee: C16.23
Pages: 4
DOI: 10.1520/C0516-19
ICS Code: 91.100.60