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ASTM D689-17

Standard Test Method for Internal Tearing Resistance of Paper

Standard Test Method for Internal Tearing Resistance of Paper D0689-17 ASTM|D0689-17|en-US Standard Test Method for Internal Tearing Resistance of Paper Standard new BOS Vol. 10.01 Committee D09
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Significance and Use

4.1 This test method is widely used within the paper industry, in conjunction with other tests of strength, as a predictor of end-use performance of a wide range of grades of papers.


1.1 This test method measures the force perpendicular to the plane of the paper required to tear multiple sheets of paper through a specified distance after the tear has been started, using an Elmendorf-type tearing tester. The measured results can be used to calculate the approximate tearing resistance of a single sheet. In the case of tearing a single sheet of paper, the tearing resistance is measured directly.

Note 1: Similar procedures for making Elmendorf-type tear measurements are found in ISO 1974 and TAPPI T414.

1.2 This test method is not suitable for determining the cross-directional tearing resistance of highly directional boards and papers.

1.3 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.

1.4 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: 10.01
Developed by Subcommittee: D09.01
Pages: 7
DOI: 10.1520/D0689-17
ICS Code: 85.060