Plastics & Polymers

ASTM Standards for the Plastics & Polymers Industry

The Plastics & Polymers industry plays a crucial role in modern manufacturing, with applications spanning across various sectors, including automotive, packaging, construction, and consumer goods.

To ensure the quality, safety, and consistency of plastic and polymer products, industry professionals rely on ASTM International standards. These standards provide guidelines for testing, material specifications, and best practices in the development and production of plastics and polymers.

By adopting digital standards and leveraging platforms like ASTM Compass, professionals can streamline their workflows, improve collaboration, and ensure compliance with the latest industry requirements.


Digital Access to International Plastics Standards

As the Plastics & Polymers industry continues to evolve, ASTM International remains committed to developing and maintaining the standards needed to support innovation, quality, and safety. By embracing digital standards and prioritizing training, professionals in this dynamic field can position themselves and their organizations for success in the years to come.

ASTM Compass is a powerful online platform that provides users with access to a vast collection of ASTM standards and other technical documents. Access to digital ASTM standards offers numerous benefits for professionals in the Plastics & Polymers industry including instant access to the latest versions of standards, ensuring that teams are always working with the most up-to-date information.

Improved collaboration among team members, as digital standards can be easily shared and annotated and streamlined document management and version control, eliminating the need for physical storage and reducing the risk of using outdated standards.

ASTM Standards Pertaining To Rubber, Rubber Products, And Systems And Services Appropriate To Rubber Technology

  • Physical Testing
  • Chemical Analysis
  • Processability Tests
  • Degradation Tests
  • Compounding Materials and Procedures
  • Recycled Rubber
  • Natural Rubber
  • Synthetic Rubbers
  • Rubber Adhesive Systems
  • Classification of Rubber Compounds
  • Rubber Hose and Belting
  • Coated Fabrics, Rubber Threads and Seals
  • Consumer Rubber Products
  • Rubber Contraceptives
  • Medical Gloves
  • Commercial Gloves
  • Extraction Test Methods
  • Rubber Products
  • NonBarrier Rubber Medical Devices

Accessing ASTM Standards and Other SDO Standards Through a Single Platform

In today’s globalized market, plastics and polymers professionals often need to reference standards from multiple standards development organizations (SDOs), such as AATCC and AENOR, in addition to ASTM standards.

Having a centralized platform for accessing and managing standards from various SDOs offers several advantages. Enjoy simplified access to a comprehensive library of standards reduces the time and effort required to locate and obtain relevant documents. Digital access can also mention better integration of standards into product development and quality control processes, ensuring compliance with international requirements.

Finally, you can take advantage of improved efficiency and reduced costs associated with managing multiple subscriptions and licenses for different SDO standards.


ASTM Standards For The Plastic Industry

ASTM standards have and continue to play a preeminent role in all aspects important to the effective utilization of plastics, including specimen preparation, material specifications and methodologies for mechanical, thermal, optical and analytical testing.

Test methods, specifications, recommended practices, nomenclature, definitions, and the stimulation of research relating to plastics, their raw materials, components, and compounding ingredients, and to finished products made from plastics such as sheets, rods, tubes, pipes, cellular materials, and molded or fabricated articles.

The mechanical, thermal, optical, permanence and durability, and analytical properties of plastics. The materials subcommittees cover numerous types of plastics used by diverse industries, including cellular, olefin and reinforced plastics, thermoplastic and thermosetting materials, and film and sheeting. Product subcommittees address plastic building products (i.e., plastic lumber and vinyl siding) as well as recycled plastics and of environmentally degradable plastics and biobased products.

ASTM Plastic and Polymer Standards Sections:

  • Specimen Preparation
  • Mechanical Properties
  • Quasi-Static Properties
  • Impact and High Speed Properties
  • Dynamic Mechanical Properties
  • Surface Properties
  • Residual Strain Measurement
  • Fracture and Fatigue
  • Engineering and Design
  • Thermoplastic Materials
  • Acrylic Plastics
  • Styrenic Plastics
  • Vinyl Chloride Polymers
  • Polyamides
  • Fluoropolymers
  • Polyoxymethlyene Plastics
  • Thermoplastic Polyesters
  • Thermoplastic Elastomers
  • Polyolefins
  • Thermosetting Materials
  • Reinforced Thermosetting Plastics
  • Film, Sheeting, and Molded Products
  • Plastic Lumber
  • Cellular Materials – Plastics and Elastomers
  • Reinforced Plastic Piping Systems and Chemical Equipment
  • Plastic Building Products
  • Thermal Properties
  • Combustion Characteristics
  • Fundamental Thermal Properties
  • Thermal Processing Properties
  • Optical Properties
  • Durability of Plastics
  • Analytical Methods
  • Physical Methods
  • Chromatography
  • Molecular Parameters
  • Spectroscopic Methods
  • Recycled Plastics
  • SPI Resin Code Section
  • Environmentally Degradable Plastics and Biobased Products

Sample List of ASTM Plastics and Rubber Polymer Standards

  • ASTM D0256 Test Methods for Determining the Izod Pendulum Impact Resistance of Plastics
  • ASTM D0297 Test Methods for Rubber ProductsChemical Analysis
  • ASTM D0412 Test Methods for Vulcanized Rubber and Thermoplastic ElastomersTension
  • ASTM D0413 Test Methods for Rubber PropertyAdhesion to Flexible Substrate
  • ASTM D0430 Test Methods for Rubber DeteriorationDynamic Fatigue
  • ASTM D0624 Test Method for Tear Strength of Conventional Vulcanized Rubber and Thermoplastic Elastomers
  • ASTM D0638 Test Method for Tensile Properties of Plastics
  • ASTM D0648 Test Method for Deflection Temperature of Plastics Under Flexural Load in the Edgewise Position
  • ASTM D0746 Test Method for Brittleness Temperature of Plastics and Elastomers by Impact
  • ASTM D0790 Test Methods for Flexural Properties of Unreinforced and Reinforced Plastics and Electrical Insulating Materials
  • ASTM D0792 Test Methods for Density and Specific Gravity (Relative Density) of Plastics by Displacement
  • ASTM D0813 Test Method for Rubber DeteriorationCrack Growth
  • ASTM D0882 Test Method for Tensile Properties of Thin Plastic Sheeting
  • ASTM D0945 Test Methods for Rubber Properties in Compression or Shear (Mechanical Oscillograph)
  • ASTM D1003 Test Method for Haze and Luminous Transmittance of Transparent Plastics
  • ASTM D1052 Test Method for Measuring Rubber DeteriorationCut Growth Using Ross Flexing Apparatus
  • ASTM D1238 Test Method for Melt Flow Rates of Thermoplastics by Extrusion Plastometer
  • ASTM D1278 Test Methods for Rubber from Natural SourcesChemical Analysis
  • ASTM D1349 Practice for RubberStandard Conditions for Testing
  • ASTM D1505 Test Method for Density of Plastics by the Density-Gradient Technique
  • ASTM D1506 Test Methods for Carbon BlackAsh Content
  • ASTM D1508 Test Method for Carbon Black, Pelleted Fines and Attrition
  • ASTM D1509 Test Methods for Carbon BlackHeating Loss
  • ASTM D1510 Test Method for Carbon BlackIodine Adsorption Number
  • ASTM D1512 Test Methods for Carbon BlackpH Value
  • ASTM D1513 Test Method for Carbon Black, PelletedPour Density
  • ASTM D1514 Test Method for Carbon BlackSieve Residue
  • ASTM D1623 Test Method for Tensile and Tensile Adhesion Properties of Rigid Cellular Plastics
  • ASTM D1709 Test Methods for Impact Resistance of Plastic Film by the Free-Falling Dart Method
  • ASTM D1922 Test Method for Propagation Tear Resistance of Plastic Film and Thin Sheeting by Pendulum Method
  • ASTM D2240 Test Method for Rubber PropertyDurometer Hardness
  • ASTM D2412 Test Method for Determination of External Loading Characteristics of Plastic Pipe by Parallel-Plate Loading
  • ASTM D2457 Test Method for Specular Gloss of Plastic Films and Solid Plastics
  • ASTM D2464 Specification for Threaded Poly(Vinyl Chloride) (PVC) Plastic Pipe Fittings, Schedule 80
  • ASTM D2839 Practice for Use of a Melt Index Strand for Determining Density of Polyethylene
  • ASTM D3212 Specification for Joints for Drain and Sewer Plastic Pipes Using Flexible Elastomeric Seals
  • ASTM D3418 Test Method for Transition Temperatures and Enthalpies of Fusion and Crystallization of Polymers by Differential Scanning Calorimetry
  • ASTM D3492 Specification for Rubber Contraceptives (Male Condoms)
  • ASTM D3577 Specification for Rubber Surgical Gloves
  • ASTM D3801 Test Method for Measuring the Comparative Burning Characteristics of Solid Plastics in a Vertical Position
  • ASTM D3895 Test Method for Oxidative-Induction Time of Polyolefins by Differential Scanning Calorimetry
  • ASTM D4569 Test Method for Rubber Compounding MaterialsDetermination of Acidity in Sulfur
  • ASTM D4571 Test Methods for Rubber Compounding MaterialsDetermination of Volatile Material
  • ASTM D4703 Practice for Compression Molding Thermoplastic Materials into Test Specimens, Plaques, or Sheets
  • ASTM D4883 Test Method for Density of Polyethylene by the Ultrasound Technique
  • ASTM D5132 Test Method for Horizontal Burning Rate of Polymeric Materials Used in Occupant Compartments of Motor Vehicles
  • ASTM D5492 Test Method for Determination of Xylene Solubles in Propylene Plastics
  • ASTM D5630 Test Method for Ash Content in Plastics
  • ASTM D6247 Test Method for Determination of Elemental Content of Polyolefins by Wavelength Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry
  • ASTM D6290 Test Method for Color Determination of Plastic Pellets
  • ASTM D6319 Specification for Nitrile Examination Gloves for Medical Application
  • ASTM D6988 Guide for Determination of Thickness of Plastic Film Test Specimens
  • ASTM D7426 Test Method for Assignment of the DSC Procedure for Determining Tg of a Polymer or an Elastomeric Compound
  • ASTM F0449 Practice for Subsurface Installation of Corrugated Polyethylene Pipe for Agricultural Drainage or Water Table Control
  • ASTM F1867 Practice for Installation of Folded/Formed Poly (Vinyl Chloride) (PVC) Pipe Type A for Existing Sewer and Conduit Rehabilitation
  • ASTM F2620 Practice for Heat Fusion Joining of Polyethylene Pipe and Fittings
  • ASTM F2947 Specification for 150 to 1500 mm [6 to 60 in.] Annular Corrugated Profile-Wall Polyethylene (PE) Pipe and Fittings for Sanitary Sewer Applications

Carbon Black

ASTM standards for the properties of carbon blacks, including stimulation of research and the development of methods of test, classifications, and nomenclature. This scope includes carbon blacks produced by the furnace process and the thermal decomposition process.

  • Carbon Black Structure
  • Carbon Black Surface Area and Related Properties
  • Non-Carbon Black Components of Carbon Black
  • Carbon Black Nomenclature and Terminology
  • Carbon Black Pellet Properties
  • Carbon Black Sampling and Statistical Analysis
  • Environment, Health, and Safety
  • Sustainability
  • Carbon Black Testing in Rubber
  • Carbon Black Microscopy and Morphology


ASTM Specifications For Plastic Pipe, Fittings, And Appurtenances; Practices For Joining And Installing Plastic Pipes; Test Methods; Terminology, Systems And Services

  • Fittings
  • Composite
  • Joining
  • Vinyl Based Pipe
  • Olefin Based Pipe
  • Test Methods
  • Gas
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • DWV
  • Land Drainage
  • Trenchless Plastic Pipeline Technology
  • Energy Piping Systems

Popular ASTM Plastics Standards

Popular standards in this section (Not an indication of availability in Spanish)

  • ASTM D638 Standard Test Method for Tensile Properties of Plastics
  • ASTM D790 Standard Test Methods for Flexural Properties of Unreinforced and Reinforced Plastics and Electrical Insulating Materials
  • ASTM D882 Standard Test Method for Tensile Properties of Thin Plastic Sheeting
  • ASTM D1435 Standard Practice for Outdoor Weathering of Plastics
  • ASTM D3679 Standard Specification for Rigid Poly(Vinyl Chloride) (PVC) Siding
  • ASTM D6400 Standard Specification for Labeling of Plastics Designed to be Aerobically Composted in Municipal or Industrial Facilities
  • ASTM D6866 Standard Test Methods for Determining the Biobased Content of Solid, Liquid, and Gaseous Samples Using Radiocarbon Analysis
  • ASTM D7823 Standard Test Method for Determination of Low Level, Regulated Phthalates in Poly (Vinyl Chloride) Plastics by Thermal Desorption—Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry