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ASTM D3464-96(2014)

Standard Test Method for Average Velocity in a Duct Using a Thermal Anemometer

Standard Test Method for Average Velocity in a Duct Using a Thermal Anemometer
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Significance and Use

5.1 The method presented is a “short method” that may be used where contamination levels are less than 5000 ppm by weight or volume, temperatures are between 0°C (32°F) and 65°C (150°F), and the humidity is not considered. The gas is considered as standard air and the velocity is read directly from the instrument.

5.2 This test method is useful for determining air velocities in HVAC ducts, fume hoods, vent stacks of nuclear power stations, and in performing model studies of pollution control devices.


1.1 This test method describes the measurement of the average velocity with a thermal anemometer for the purpose of determining gas flow in a stack, duct, or flue (1-5).2 It is limited to those applications where the gas is essentially air at ambient conditions and the temperature, moisture, and contaminant loading are insignificant as sources of error compared to the basic accuracy of the typical field situation.

1.2 The range of the test method is from 1 to 30 m/s (3 to 100 ft/s).

1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the 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 and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

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Book of Standards Volume: 11.07
Developed by Subcommittee: D22.03
Pages: 4
DOI: 10.1520/D3464-96R14
ICS Code: 17.120.10