High-Performance Paper

A new ASTM International standard provides a test method for high-performance paper used to insulate electrical parts of motors, transformers, ballasts, gaskets and heat shields. Manufacturers of aramid paper and their customers will benefit from this new tensile testing standard (D7812, Test Method for Tensile Testing of Aramid Paper).

According to ASTM member Michael McKeiver, associate investigator, DuPont Protection Technologies, the strength and stiffness of aramid paper is critical in the design, manufacture and end use of a variety of products, particularly in the aerospace and locomotive industries. The test described in the new standard will be used for quality control during the different stages of manufacturing to the final product.

ASTM member Aad Schaap, senior research and development scientist, Teijin Aramid B.V., notes that interested parties are welcome to join in the standards development work of ASTM Subcommittee D13.19 (Industrial Fibers and Metallic Reinforcements). The subcommittee has developed standards on fatigue, abrasion, adhesion and paper and is working on a proposed standard on determination of initial creep for optical fiber cables and areal density of armor panels.

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CONTACT Technical Information: Michael McKeiver, DuPont Protection Technologies • Richmond, Va. • tel +1.804.383.4586 | Aad Schaap, Teijin Aramid B.V. • Arnhem, Netherlands • tel +31.882.689.437 | ASTM Staff: Jennifer Rodgers • tel +1.610.832.9694 | Upcoming Meeting: June 26-29 • March 16-19 • June Committee Week • Chicago, Ill.

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