Work Item
ASTM WK44736

New Test Method for Assessing Weatherability of Containment Coatings

1. Scope

This test method is intended to provide a basis for testing of materials used to immobilize radioactive contamination and facilitate subsequent decontamination. This test method is to be used to assess their weatherability.


contain; coatings; CCs; radioactive contamination; RDD; cleanup; water resistance; tensile strength; abrasion resistance; natural sunlight; soak-freeze-thaw; adhesion strength


This test method establishes a series of test procedures to assess the weatherability of a CC that is intended to immobilize dispersible radioactive contamination deposited on buildings and equipment as might result from a radiological dispersal device (RDD) event. The intended use of the CC addressed in this test method is primarily in an urban environment; however, it may be used in other environments such as suburban or rural areas. The CC is intended to be removable during subsequent decontamination and recovery operations. It is intended to prevent the radioactive contamination from further migration, re-suspension into the air, and spreading as a result of external forces. Users of this method are the developers and practitioners of coatings to contain radioactive contamination.

The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.


Committee: E54

Work Item Status

Date Initiated: 01-15-2014

Technical Contact: John Drake

Item: 002

Ballot: E54.03 (14-01)

Status: Negative Votes Need Resolution