Dow Ethafoam Specifications and Test Methods

The information presented here is summary information only. For detailed information needed to run tests or determine specifications, please refer to the actual test method specifications or check with a technical expert on these tests.

Specificaion No. Title Description 
ASTM D1596 Standard Test Method for Shock Absorbing Characteristics of Package Cushioning Materials  Used to develop dynamic cushioning curves for fabricated foams such as ETHAFOAM™ polyethylene foam.
ASTM D2221 Standard Test Method for Creep Properties of Package Cushioning Materials Used to determine the creep properties of package cushioning materials in bulk, sheet or molded form.
ASTM D3332 Standard Test Methods for Mechanical-Shock Fragility of Products, Using Shock Machines  Used to determine the fragility of products to be packaged for shipment in the distribution environment. 
ASTM D3575   Standard Test Methods for Flexible Cellular Materials Made from Olefin Polymers  Used to determine significant properties of cushioning made from olefin polymers or blends.
ASTM D4168 Standard Test Methods for Transmitted Shock of Foam-in-Place Cushioning Materials  Used to develop transmitted shock curves for foam-in-place materials. 
U.S. Federal Specification PPP-C-1752   Cushioning Material, Packaging, Polyethylene Foam  Material requirements and test methods for polyethylene foams used in U.S. government packaging applications; includes anti-static and flame-retardant grades. Note: This was discontinued in 1997. 
U.S. Military Specification MIL-B-81705 Barrier Materials, Flexible, Electrostatic-Free, Heat Sealable  Specifications of flexible barrier materials (i.e., film, bags) for packaging devices sensitive to electrostatic discharge. 
U.S. Military Specification MIL-C-26861 Cushioning Material, Resilient Type, General  Classifies materials into classes and grades according to cushioning performance. 
U.S. Military Specification MIL-C-48642 Cushioning Material, Unicellular Polyethylene Foam (For Packaging Purposes)  Original U.S. government specification for polyethylene foam for packaging. (Canceled in 1974 and replaced with U.S. Federal Specification PPP-C-1752). 
U.S. Military Specification MIL-P-26514 Polyurethane Foam, Rigid or Flexible, for Packaging  Material requirements and test methods for polyurethane foams and foam products for U.S. military packaging applications. 
CID-A-A-59135/CID-A-A-59136   Material requirements and test methods for polyethylene foams used in U.S. government packaging applications; includes anti-static and flame-retardant grades.

 

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