1.1 This test method covers a procedure to measure the macro-dispersion of fillers in a rubber matrix by quantifying the surface roughness of a freshly cut specimen using an optical microscope in reflection mode.
1.2 The method provides a procedure to measure the quality of mixing of reinforcing fillers such as silica and carbon black, as well as inert fillers such as chalk, clay and other solids.
1.3 The method includes a sample preparation procedure for filled uncured rubber compounds as well as filled cured rubber compounds.
1.4 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.
1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.