The test method detailed in this standard is used to evaluate the abrasion resistance of thermoplastic elastomers and vulcanized thermoset rubbers during their performance cycle. The test procedure includes moving a specimen across the surface of a rotating drum with an abrasive sheet.
This test method measures the uniformity of wear in rubbers when under abrasive conditions. This accelerated test can be used to evaluate abrasion resistance in various rubbers, however abrasive wear conditions vary greatly and the actual performance of rubber products during their performance cycle cannot always be predicted.
Types of products / materials generally tested under this method:
- Conveyor belts
- Automotive belts
This test is commonly used to rank order compounds when abrasion resistance is desired.
*Please Note: The information outlined above is to be used as reference for ASTM D5963 Standard Test Method for Rubber Property - Abrasion Resistance (Rotary Drum Abrader) and ISO 4649 Rubber, vulcanized or thermoplastic -- Determination of abrasion resistance using a rotating cylindrical drum device. Please refer to the appropriate standards agency for full details and the most current revision.