ASTM International has just released the new 2012 Edition for ASTM D2000, “Standard Classification System for Rubber Products in Automotive Applications.” One of Document Center‘s best sellers from ASTM, the new 53 page revision provides a classification system that covers the properties of vulcanized rubber materials (natural rubber, reclaimed rubber, synthetic rubbers, alone or in combination). It’s intended for use in rubber products for automotive applications. However, it may serve many of the needs of other industries in much the same manner as SAE numbered steels.
This classification system is based on the premise that the properties of all rubber products can be arranged into characteristic material designations. These designations are determined by types, based on resistance to heat aging, and classes, based on resistance to swelling in oil. Basic levels are thus established which, together with values describing additional requirements, permit complete description of the quality of all elastomeric materials.
When the rubber product is to be used for purposes where the requirements are too specific to be completely prescribed by this classification system, it is necessary for the purchaser to consult the supplier in advance, to establish the appropriate properties, test methods, and specification test limits.
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