Standard Test Method for
Volatiles Content of Composite Material Prepreg1
This standard is issued under the fixed designation D 3530/D 3530M; the number immediately following the designation indicates the
year of original adoption or, in the case of revision, the year of last revision. A number in parentheses indicates the year of last
reapproval. A superscript epsilon (e) indicates an editorial change since the last revision or reapproval.
This standard has been approved for use by agencies of the Department of Defense.
1.1 This test method covers the determination of the volatiles content, in weight percent of composite material prepregs.
This standard focuses on composites with thermosetting resins
that tend to lose a few percent of the matrix mass when heated
due to loss of both retained water and low molecular weight
matrix constituents that volatilize during heating.
1.2 Use of this test method is limited to maximum temperature of circulating air ovens (approximately 300°C).
1.3 Use of this test method is limited to temperatures below
which the matrix flows from the reinforcement.
1.4 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as
1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of 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. Specific precautionary statements are given in Section 8.
2. Referenced Documents
2.1 ASTM Standards:2
D 833 Terminology Relating to Plastics
D 3529/D 3529M Test Method for Matrix Solids Content
and Matrix Content of Composite Prepreg
D 3878 Terminology of Composite Materials
E 177 Practice for Use of Terms Precision and Bias in
E 1309 Guide for the Identification of Composite Materials
in Computerized Material Property Databases
2.2 NFPA Standard:
NFPA 86 Standard for Ovens and Furnaces3
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