ASTM D3485 - 15

    Standard Specification for Coilable High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Cable in Conduit (CIC)

    Active Standard ASTM D3485 | Developed by Subcommittee: F17.26

    Book of Standards Volume: 08.04


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This specification covers cable in conduit (CIC), which is a smooth-walled, coilable, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) conduit (duct) that contains preassembled wires and cables. The outside diameter of the conduit is controlled and the wire or cable encased within may be comprised of single or multiple configurations consisting of electrical/power wires or cables, fiber optic, traditional copper communication, coaxial cable, or any combination thereof. CIC configurations are preassembled into the conduit during the extrusion process and in industry-specific designs for use in commercial, industrial, transportation, government, and utility applications

    1.2 This specification does not attempt to identify every possible preassembled conduit/cable configuration but is intended to identify material and minimum assembled product properties for optimizing reliability and service life.

    1.3 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.

    Note 1: Whenever two sets of values are presented, in different units, the imperial units are the standard, while those in the parentheses (metric unites) are provided for informational purposes.

    Note 2: End users may elect to field install single or multiple wire or cable configurations into field-installed conduit. In the case where polyethylene conduit is to have the wire or cable configurations field installed, then the more appropriate specifications to select for establishing the conduit’s material, dimensional, workmanship, and property tests would be Specification F2160 or NEMA TC-7.

    1.4 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.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    Other References

    IEEE Standard 1210 Standard Tests for Determining Compatibility of Cable-Pulling Lubricants with Wire and Cable Available from Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE), 445 Hoes Ln., Piscataway, NJ 08854, http://www.ieee.org.

    NEMA TC 7-2013 Smooth-Wall Coilable Electrical Polyethylene Conduit Available from National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), 1300 N. 17th St., Suite 1752, Rosslyn, VA 22209, http://www.nema.org.

    NFPA 70 National Electrical Code Available from the National Fire Protection Assn., 470 Atlantic Ave., Boston, MA 02210.

    Underwriter Laboratories, Inc – UL 1990 , Nonmetallic Underground Conduit with Conductors. Available from Underwriters Laboratories (UL), 2600 N.W. Lake Rd., Camas, WA 98607-8542, http://www.ul.com.

    ASTM Standards

    D618 Practice for Conditioning Plastics for Testing

    D638 Test Method for Tensile Properties of Plastics

    D790 Test Methods for Flexural Properties of Unreinforced and Reinforced Plastics and Electrical Insulating Materials

    D792 Test Methods for Density and Specific Gravity (Relative Density) of Plastics by Displacement

    D1238 Test Method for Melt Flow Rates of Thermoplastics by Extrusion Plastometer

    D1505 Test Method for Density of Plastics by the Density-Gradient Technique

    D1600 Terminology for Abbreviated Terms Relating to Plastics

    D1693 Test Method for Environmental Stress-Cracking of Ethylene Plastics

    D2122 Test Method for Determining Dimensions of Thermoplastic Pipe and Fittings

    D2412 Test Method for Determination of External Loading Characteristics of Plastic Pipe by Parallel-Plate Loading

    D2444 Test Method for Determination of the Impact Resistance of Thermoplastic Pipe and Fittings by Means of a Tup (Falling Weight)

    D3350 Specification for Polyethylene Plastics Pipe and Fittings Materials

    D4883 Test Method for Density of Polyethylene by the Ultrasound Technique

    F412 Terminology Relating to Plastic Piping Systems

    F2160 Specification for Solid Wall High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Conduit Based on Controlled Outside Diameter (OD)

    Plastic Pipe Institute Standards

    Handbook of Polyethylene Pipe

    TR-46 (2009) Technical Reference, Guidelines for Use of Mini-Horizontal Directional Drilling for Placement of High Density Polyethylene Pipe (2009)

    TR-47/2011 Pipe Stiffness and Flattening Tests in Coilable HDPE conduit; and Its Relationship to burial Depth in Conduit Applications


    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 40171520(Commercial HDPE pipe)


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    DOI: 10.1520/D3485-15

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    ASTM D3485-15, Standard Specification for Coilable High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Cable in Conduit (CIC), ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2015, www.astm.org

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