1.1 This International Standard specifies a method for determining the flexural properties of rigid
(see 3.12) and semi-rigid plastics under defined conditions. A standard test specimen is defined, but
parameters are included for alternative specimen sizes for use where appropriate. A range of test
speeds is included.
1.2 The method is used to investigate the flexural behaviour of the test specimens and to determine
the flexural strength, flexural modulus and other aspects of the flexural stress/strain relationship under
the conditions defined. It applies to a freely supported beam, loaded at midspan (three-point loading
1.3 The method is suitable for use with the following range of materials:
thermoplastic moulding, extrusion and casting materials, including filled and reinforced
compounds in addition to unfilled types; rigid thermoplastics sheets;
thermosetting moulding materials, including filled and reinforced compounds; thermosetting
In agreement with ISO 10350-1  and ISO 10350-2 , this International Standard applies to fibrereinforced
compounds with fibre lengths ≤ 7,5 mm prior to processing. For long-fibre-reinforced
materials (laminates) with fibre lengths > 7,5 mm, see ISO 14125 .
The method is not normally suitable for use with rigid cellular materials or sandwich structures
containing cellular material. In such cases, ISO 1209-1  and/or ISO 1209-2  can be used.
NOTE – For certain types of textile-fibre-reinforced plastic, a four-point bending test is preferred. This is
described in ISO 14125.
1.4 The method is performed using specimens which may be either moulded to the specified
dimensions, machined from the central section of a standard multipurpose test specimen (see
ISO 20753) or machined from finished or semi-finished products, such as mouldings, laminates, or
extruded or cast sheet.
1.5 The method specifies the preferred dimensions for the test specimen. Tests which are carried out
on specimens of different dimensions, or on specimens which are prepared under different conditions,
can produce results which are not comparable. Other factors, such as the test speed and the
conditioning of the specimens, can also influence the results.
NOTE – Especially for injection moulded semi-crystalline polymers, the thickness of the oriented skin layer,
which is dependent on the moulding conditions, also affects the flexural properties.
1.6 The method is not suitable for the determination of design parameters but can be used in
materials testing and as a quality control test.