Standard Historical Last Updated: Dec 31, 2010
ASTM D6988-07

Standard Guide for Determination of Thickness of Plastic Film Test Specimens

Significance and Use

This guide is intended to provide recommendations and suggested good practices to determine precise dimensions when necessary for the calculation of properties expressed in physical units. It is not intended to replace practical thickness measurements based on commercial portable tools, nor is it implied that thickness measurements made by the procedures will agree exactly.


1.1 This guide covers the determination of the thickness of plastic films where the thickness is used directly in determining the results of tests for various properties. Use this practice except as otherwise required in material specifications or in applicable test standards.

Note 1

Films are defined as having thicknesses 0.250 mm [0.010 in.].

Note 2

Alternative methods are acceptable if they meet the requirements of measurement precision as noted in this guide.

Note 3

This guide is not intended to address the sampling techniques or the measurement of film thickness for the commercial classification of commercial products or for quality control purposes.

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

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 requirements prior to use.

Note 4

ISO 4593 is similar but differs in technical content and scope.

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Book of Standards Volume: 08.03
Developed by Subcommittee: D20.19
Pages: 7
DOI: 10.1520/D6988-07
ICS Code: 83.140.10