Standard Historical Last Updated: Aug 16, 2017
ASTM D4364-02

Standard Practice for Performing Outdoor Accelerated Weathering Tests of Plastics Using Concentrated Sunlight


1.1 This practice covers the use of Fresnel-reflecting concentrators that use the sun as a source of ultraviolet (UV) and longer-wavelength radiation. Such devices are used in the outdoor-accelerated-exposure testing of plastics.

1.2 This practice provides a procedure for performing outdoor-accelerated-exposure testing of plastics using a Fresnel-reflector outdoor-accelerated weathering test machine. The apparatus is described herein and in Practice G 90 more completely.

1.3 This practice is applicable to a range of plastic materials including, but not limited to, plastic films, sheets, laminates, and extruded and molded products in a variety of shapes and sizes, as specified in .

1.4 This practice describes test conditions that attempt to simulate plastics exposures in desert and subtropical climates. Specimen preparation, property testing procedures, and the evaluation of results are covered in existing test methods or specifications for specific materials.

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 and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. Specific precautionary statements are given in Section 7.

Note 1—This standard and ISO 877.2-1991, Method C, are technically equivalent.

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Book of Standards Volume: 08.02
Developed by Subcommittee: D20.50
Pages: 4
DOI: 10.1520/D4364-02
ICS Code: 83.080.01