Standard Active Last Updated: Sep 22, 2017
ASTM D3912-10(2017)

Standard Test Method for Chemical Resistance of Coatings and Linings for Use in Nuclear Power Plants

Significance and Use

3.1 The lining test described in 6.2 may be used to evaluate the chemical resistance characteristics of coating systems for lining surfaces of tanks, vessels and similar facilities used in Coating Service Level I and II applications in a nuclear power plant. For the evaluation of linings in Coating Service Level III water immersion applications in nuclear power plants use the test methods and guidance found in Guide D7230.

3.2 The specific chemical resistance tests described in 6.1 are dependent upon the relative severity of the service conditions. The specific chemical reagents to be used shall be specified to reflect the intended service conditions.

3.3 At the discretion of the user, the methods presented may also be used to evaluate coatings and linings for applications in other types of power plants or other industrial services.


1.1 This test method establishes procedures for the evaluation of the chemical resistance of coatings and linings for use in Coating Service Level I and II applications in nuclear power plants.

1.2 This test method is intended to be used as a screening test to evaluate coatings and linings on steel and concrete substrates.

1.3 This test method addresses two exposure intervals:

(1) Short Term (Typically 5 days): Such exposures are primarily applicable for coatings exposed to chemical splash or spill.

(2) Long Term (Typically 180 days): Such exposures are primarily applicable for linings exposed to continuous or near-continuous chemical immersion.

1.4 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.

1.5 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.

1.6 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: 06.02
Developed by Subcommittee: D33.02
Pages: 2
DOI: 10.1520/D3912-10R17
ICS Code: 87.040