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Taber Abrasion

ASTM D1044 (Haze), D3389,
D4060 (Weight Loss)

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Taber abrasion is a test to determine a plastic's resistance to abrasion. Resistance to abrasion is defined as the ability of a material to withstand mechanical action such as rubbing, scraping, or erosion. Abrasion can be difficult to compare but haze variation or weight loss are often evaluated.

Test Procedure:
The haze or original weight of test specimen is measured. The test specimen is then placed on the abrasion tester. A 250, 500, or 1000-gram load is placed on top of the abrader wheel and allowed to spin for a specified number of revolutions. Different abrading wheels are specified. A haze measurement or final weight is taken. The load and wheel can be adjusted for softer and harder materials.

Specimen size:
Either a 4-inch diameter disk or a 4 sq. inch plate is used. A inch diameter whole in center is required.

Results are expressed by changes in % haze or in weight loss in mg/# of cycles.

Equipment Used:
Taber Abrasion Apparatus
Abrasion Wheels
Haze meter

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**Please note that this test description is intentionally generic in nature and aimed at providing a descriptive summary to enhance test understanding. For more information please contact a Intertek PTL Technical Representative at . Due to copyright restrictions, we are not able to provide copies of standards. Standards can be obtained from appropriate standards authorities.

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