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Testing References

ASTM International Click on the ASTM logo at the right to be connected to the ASTM website for more information about ASTM Standards. ASTM standards frequently referenced by PMIC are as follows:

Thermal Expansion:

  • Michelson Laser Interferometer: ASTM E289
  • Quartz Dilatometer: ASTM E228; ASTM D696
  • Other: ASTM F15, ASTM F1684, ASTM F1683, ASTM C1341

Moisture Expansion:
The following ASTM standards are used for polymer matrix laminates:

  • ASTM D570-81 (1988) Water Absorption of Plastics
  • ASTM D5229 / D5229M-92 Moisture Absorption Properties and Equilibrium Conditioning of Polymer Matrix Composite Materials
  • ASTM E104-85 Maintaining Constant Relative Humidity by Means of Aqueous Solutions
  • ASTM D2842-90 Water Absorption of Rigid Cellular Plastics
  • ASTM D792 Specific Gravity (Relative Density) and Density of Plastics by Displacement
  • ASTM D3171 Fiber Content of Resin-matrix Composites by Matrix Digestion

The CME of sandwich panels is also determined at PMIC. Relevant ASTM standards utilized are:

  • ASTM C272-91 Water Absorption of Core materials for Structural Sandwich Constructions
  • ASTM C481-88 Laboratory Aging of Sandwich Constructions
  • ASTM C271-94 Density of Core Materials for Structural Sandwich Constructions
  • Other: ASTM C373

Thermal Conductivity:

  • Guarded Hot Plate System ASTM C177; C1114
  • Heat Flow Meter ASTM C518; E1530
  • Guarded-Comparative-Longitudinal Heat Flow ASTM E1225; D5470
  • Hot Wire Technique ASTM C1113
  • Thin Film Thermal Conductivity ASTM D5470

Specific Heat:

  • ASTM E1269


  • ASTM C835; E434


  • ASTM D3039, ASTM D2344, ASTM D695, ASTM D5379
  • ASTM D3410, ASTM D790, ASTM C393, ASTM C273
  • ASTM D5035, ASTM D882, ASTM C1161, ASTM C364
  • ASTM D638, ASTM B557, ASTM E8, ASTM D4255
  • ASTM C297, ASTM D3518, ASTM C293, ASTM D1004
  • ASTM C365, ASTM E111, ASTM D1938, ASTM D2295
  • ASTM E345, ASTM D3165, ASTM D3846

For a full list of ASTM standards PMIC uses, please contact us.