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ASTM D2659-16

Standard Test Method for Column Crush Properties of Blown Thermoplastic Containers

Standard Test Method for Column Crush Properties of Blown Thermoplastic Containers D2659-16 ASTM|D2659-16|en-US Standard Test Method for Column Crush Properties of Blown Thermoplastic Containers Standard new BOS Vol. 08.01 Committee D20
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Significance and Use

4.1 Column crush tests only provide information about the crush properties of blown thermoplastic containers when employed under conditions approximating those under which the tests are conducted.

4.2 The column crush properties include the crushing yield load, deflection at crushing yield load, crushing load at failure, and apparent crushing stiffness. Blown thermoplastic containers made from materials that possess a low order of ductility can fail in crushing by brittle fracture. In such cases, the crushing yield load is equivalent to the crushing load at failure. Blown thermoplastic containers made of ductile materials do not always exhibit a crushing load at failure although they will normally provide a crushing yield load value.

4.3 Column crush tests provide a standard method of obtaining data for research and development, applications, design, quality control, acceptance or rejection under specifications, and special purposes. The tests cannot be considered significant for engineering design in applications differing widely from the load - time scale of the standard test. Such applications require additional tests such as impact, creep, and fatigue.


1.1 This test method covers the determination of mechanical properties of blown thermoplastic containers, whether blown commercially or in the laboratory, loaded under columnar crush conditions at a constant rate of compressive deflection.

Note 1: Although this test method was developed specifically for blow-molded containers, the general procedure can also be applied to containers of suitable geometries produced by other means, for example, thermoforming, injection molding, etc.

1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard.

Note 2: There is no known ISO equivalent to this standard.

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 and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

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Book of Standards Volume: 08.01
Developed by Subcommittee: D20.19
Pages: 4
DOI: 10.1520/D2659-16
ICS Code: 83.140.99