ASTM D1238 - determination of Melt Flow Rates of Thermoplastics by Extrusion Plastometer

2017-07-07   WANCE

1. Scope
1.1 This test method covers measurement of the rate of extrusion of molten resins through a die of a speci?ed length and diameter under prescribed conditions of temperature, load, and piston position in the barrel as the timed measurement is being made.
1.2 Procedure A is a manual cutoff operation based on time used for materials having ?ow rates that fall generally between 0.15 and 50 g/10 min. Procedure B is an automatically timed ?ow rate measurement used for materials having ?ows from 0.50 to 900 g/10 min. By both procedures, the piston travel is generally the same during the timed measurement; the piston foot is about 46 and 20.6 mm above the die. Comparable ?ow rates have been obtained by these procedures in interlaboratory round-robin measurements of several materials described in
13.1. Provision is made for calculation of melt volume-?ow rate as well as melt mass-?ow rate.
NOTE 1¡ªRound-robin testing indicates this test method may be suitable at ?ow rates up to 1500 g/10 min if the timing clock resolves the elapsed time to the nearest 0.01 s.
NOTE 2¡ªThis test method and ISO 1133-1991 are technically equivalent.
1.3 This standard does not purport to address 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. Speci?c precautionary statements are
given in 5.7, 10.2.12, and 14.1.2.