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ASTM E 96 WVTR

Standard:

ASTM

Method:

ASTM E 96 /E 96M

Title:

Water Vapor Transmission of Materials

Scope

The ASTM E 96 /E 96M. Water Vapor Transmission Rate test methods cover the determination of water vapor transmission (WVT) of materials through which the passage of water vapor may be of importance, such as paper, plastic films, other sheet materials, fiberboards, gypsum and plaster products, wood products, and plastics. The test methods are limited to specimens not over 1 ¼ in. [32 mm] in thickness except as provided for in the method.  The two basic methods, the Desiccant Method and the Water Method, are provided for the measurement of permeance, and two variations include service conditions with one side wetted and service conditions with low humidity on one side and high humidity on the other. Agreement should not be expected between results obtained by different methods. The method should be selected that more nearly approaches the conditions of use.

The values stated in either SI units or inch-pound units are to be regarded separately as standard. The values stated in each system may not be exact equivalents; therefore, each system shall be used independently of the other.  Combining values from the two systems may result in non-conformance with the standard.  However, derived results can be converted from one system to the other using appropriate conversion factors.

Significance and Use

The purpose of these tests is to obtain, by means of a simple apparatus, reliable values of water vapor transfer through permeable and semipermeable materials, expressed in suitable units. These values are for use in design, manufacture, and marketing. A permeance value obtained under one set of test conditions may not indicate the value under a different set of conditions. For this reason, the test conditions should be selected that most closely approach the conditions of use.

 

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