Standard Active Last Updated: Feb 05, 2019
ASTM C1203-04(2019)

Standard Test Method for Quantitative Determination of Alkali Resistance of a Ceramic-Glass Enamel

Significance and Use

5.1 This test method is intended to be used when a quantitative measurement of the alkali durability of a ceramic-glass enamel is needed. The test is applicable to glass coated with fired enamels where exposure to strong alkalis, or alkalis at elevated temperatures might be encountered in service.

5.2 This test method is intended to be an accelerated, destructive test. Results can be used as an indicator of the relative durability of a particular enamel.


1.1 This test method covers the determination of the resistance of a fired ceramic-glass enamel to a 10 % alkali solution held near its boiling point for 2 h.

1.2 This test method is not applicable to large tempered glass sheets or specimens larger than 9 by 9 cm.

1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

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, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. For specific hazard statements, see Section 9.

1.5 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: 15.02
Developed by Subcommittee: C14.10
Pages: 3
DOI: 10.1520/C1203-04R19
ICS Code: 25.220.50