Standard Historical Last Updated: Aug 16, 2017
ASTM D6474-99

Standard Test Method for Determining Molecular Weight Distribution and Molecular Weight Averages of Polyolefins by High Temperature Gel Permeation Chromatography


1.1 This test method covers the determination of molecular weight distributions and molecular weight averages of linear polyolefins by high temperature gel permeation chromatography (GPC). This test method uses commercially available polystyrene standards and equipment and is applicable to polyethylenes (excluding high pressre low density polyethylene-LDPE) and polypropylenes soluble in 1,2,4-trichlorobenzene (TCB) at 140°C. This test method is not absolute and requires calibration.

Note 1--Size exclusion chromatography (SEC) often is used as an alternative name for gel permeation chromatography (GPC).
Note 2--Specific methods and capabilities of users may vary with differences in columns, instrumentation, applications, software, and practices between laboratories.
Note 3--One general method is outlined herein; alternative analytical practices can be followed and are attached in notes where appropriate.
Note 4--There is no similar or equivalent ISO standard.

1.2 The values stated in SI units, based on IEEE/ASTM SI-10, are to be regarded as the 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: 08.03
Developed by Subcommittee: D20.70
Pages: 6
DOI: 10.1520/D6474-99
ICS Code: 83.080.20