Standard Active Last Updated: Jul 20, 2018
ASTM E279-18

Standard Test Method for Determination of Abrasion Resistance of Iron Ore Pellets, Lump, and Sinter by the Tumbler Test

Significance and Use

5.1 This test method is a comparative method intended primarily to test materials for compliance with compositional specifications or for monitoring. It is assumed that all who use these procedures will be trained analysts capable of performing common laboratory procedures skillfully and safely. It is expected that work will be performed in a properly equipped laboratory and that proper waste disposal procedures will be followed. Appropriate quality control practices must be followed such as those described in Guide E882.

5.2 This test method is used to monitor the feed to blast furnaces and gas-based direct reduction plants for process control.


1.1 This test method covers a relative measure of the resistance of iron ore pellets, lump, and sinter to degradation by impact and by abrasion.

1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to inch-pound units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.

1.3 Results given by this test method should be similar to those from ISO 3271 (see Appendix X1 for details).

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, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

1.5 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: 03.05
Developed by Subcommittee: E01.02
Pages: 4
DOI: 10.1520/E0279-18
ICS Code: 73.060.10