ASTM F1002 Molten Metal Protective Clothing Testing
Used for primary and secondary clothing for protecting workers from molten substances including iron, steel, copper, nickel, aluminum, glass and other molten substances, ASTM F1002 Standard Performance Specification for Protective Clothing and Materials for Use by Workers Exposed to Specific Molten Substances and Related Thermal Hazards outlines minimum physical, flame and thermal and molten metal pour performance criteria for garments used by workers with a risk exposure to molten metal substances. The pour test should be specific to the molten substance since metals like aluminum and steel stick to different fabrics with different adhesion but the physical tests are considered applicable to all work clothing.
The flame resistance using D6413 and the molten metal pour testing using ASTM F955 are the most critical. Some users also like to have materials which comply with ASTM F1506 for electric arc protection and NFPA 2112 for flash fire protection. These standards have many overlapping materials.
ArcWear is accredited to ISO 17025 and can assist with conformity assessment programs.
The laboratories which do molten metal pour using ASTM F955 are at universities and are not ISO 17025 accredited but ArcWear audits the testing and provides insight into product performance.
We offer the following test methods for the ASTM F1002 specification:
- ASTM D6413 – Vertical Flame
- D1424 Test Method for Tearing Strength of Fabrics by Falling-Pendulum (Elmendorf-Type) Apparatus
- D2724 Test Methods for Bonded, Fused, and Laminated Apparel Fabrics (via a partner)
- D4157 Test Method for Abrasion Resistance of Textile Fabrics (Oscillatory Cylinder Method) [via a partner]
- D5034 Test Method for Breaking Strength and Elongation of Textile Fabrics (Grab Test)
- D5587 Test Method for Tearing Strength of Fabrics by Trapezoid Procedure
- D7138 Test Method to Determine Melting Temperature of
- F955 Test Method for Evaluating Heat Transfer through Materials for Protective Clothing Upon Contact with Molten Substances
- ASTM F1939 Test Method for Radiant Heat Resistance of Flame
Resistant Clothing Materials with Continuous Heating (via FlashCert)
- AATCC 135 Dimensional Changes in Automatic Home Laundering of Woven and Knitted Fabrics
- US MIL-C-87076A Resistance of Materials to Radiant Heat Exposure, Adhesion of Coating, and Adhesion After Wet Flexing (via partner)
- And parts of NFPA 1971 Standard on Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting
- ISO 9185 Protective Clothing – Assessment of Resistance of
Materials to Molten Metal Splash (via FlashCert)
- EN ISO 11612 Protective Clothing – Clothing to Protect
Against Heat and Flame (via FlashCert)