This standard offers a method of assessing the relative deterioration resistance of rubber under certain specified accelerated conditions; these include high temperature and high pressure oxygen environments. It is often imperative that rubber and rubber products resist oxidative and thermal deterioration over a prolonged period of time.
Due to the varied conditions of natural aging, it would be difficult to ascertain an exact correlation between the results of the accelerated test conditions and the natural aging of rubber. This standard is suitable for laboratory compound or product comparisons, when assessing potential components for product development.
*Please Note: The information outlined above is to used as reference for ASTM D572 Standard Test Method for Rubber-Deterioration by Heat and Oxygen. Please refer to ASTM International for full details and the most current version.