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ASTM C1439-19

ASTM C1439-19

Standard Test Methods for Evaluating Latex and Powder Polymer Modifiers for use in Hydraulic Cement Concrete and Mortar

2019-11-19 /Active
Significance and Use:

4.1 These test methods are used to develop data for comparison with the requirements of Specification C1438. Standardized procedures are used to compare the properties of specimens made from test mixtures of polymer-modified concrete or mortar with the properties of specimens made from reference mixtures. These test methods are not intended to simulate job conditions.


1.1 These test methods provide a means of determining the effect of adding polymer modifiers to reference concrete or mortar.

1.2 Most sections of ASTM test methods and practices for hydraulic cement mortar and concrete apply to the preparation and testing of specimens made with polymer-modifiers. However, there are some exceptions, most notably curing, that need special procedures in order to develop the properties inherent with polymer-modification. These test methods cover these exceptions.

1.3 For testing polymer-modified mortar and concrete specimens, the procedures in this standard supersede those in the referenced ASTM test methods and practices. These test methods are not applicable to dry, packaged mortar and concrete.

1.4 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard. If required results obtained from another standard are not reported in the same system of units as used by this standard, it is permitted to convert those results using the conversion factors found in the SI Quick Reference Guide.

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, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. (Warning—Fresh hydraulic cementitious mixtures are caustic and may cause chemical burns to skin and tissue upon prolonged exposure.2)

1.6 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.

latex; latex polymer; polymer-modified concrete; polymer-modified mortar; powder polymer;
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