This part of ASTM F1306-90(2002) specifies the test conditions for determining the characterization of flexible barrier films and laminates for slow rate penetration resistance to a driven probe at room temperature. The required calculations for this standard consist of peak force to break, energy to break, and probe penetration at the first peak. The ability to characterize penetration resistance is critical for products and applications that depend on certain levels of barrier protection.
If comparing results to other laboratories, it is important to note that the diameter of the test probe as well as the sample test diameter will impact load and penetration values. The standard recommends a 3.2 mm diameter hemispherical probe and a sample test diameter of 34.9 mm.
Suitable systems for testing films and laminates to this standard include the Instron 3300 or 5900 electromechanical testing machines. The S1-14110 penetration fixture is also recommended and it is in compliance with the recommended fixture specifications described in the standard. Additional burst fixtures are also available.
We recommend that you review ASTM F1306-90(2002) to fully understand its requirements