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Standard Test Methods for Water Vapor Transmission of Shipping Containers-Constant and Cycle Methods

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Standard Test Methods for Water Vapor Transmission of Shipping Containers—Constant and Cycle Methods


1.1 These test methods cover the determination of water vapor transmission rates for bulk shipping containers, as follows:

1.1.1 Method A, for Reclosable Containers, and

1.1.2 Method B, for Containers Not Designed for Reclosing.

1.2 Within each procedure details are given for the constant and cycle methods of test atmosphere.

1.3 The test may be applied to the container as packed, or after one or more performance tests such as drum (Method D 782), vibration (Methods D 999), drop (Test Method D 5276), impact resistance (Test Methods D 880, D 4003, and D 5277), or performance tests (Practice D 4169), as required.

1.4 For small shipping containers requiring greater accuracy in weighing, the water vapor transmission may be determined in accordance with Test Method D 895 or Test Method D 1251.

1.5 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.

1.6 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.

Significance and Use

These test methods are normally used for the following purposes:

To evaluate materials and constructions for a specific type of container,

To compare performance of different types of containers,

To determine adequacy of protection for a specific product or application, and

To maintain quality control.


constant rate of gain; cycle method; desiccant; reclosable containers; water vapor permeability; Constant/cycle methods; Linerboard; Reclosable containers; Shipping containers/materials/applications; Water vapor transmission (WVT); ICS Number Code 55.040 (Packaging materials and accessories)

To find similar documents by ASTM Volume:

15.10 (Packaging; Flexible Barrier Packaging)

To find similar documents by classification:

55.040 (Packaging materials and accessories Including wrappers, paper, films, foils, cords, sealing devices, cushioning, etc. Adhesive tapes for general purposes, see 83.180)

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1995 R09 EDITION



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Publication Date

March 1, 2009

Document Type

Test Method

Page Count

4 pages

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