ASTM D3554 - 07(2013)

    Standard Specification for Track-Resistant Black Thermoplastic High-Density Polyethylene Insulation for Wire and Cable, 75 °C Operation

    Active Standard ASTM D3554 | Developed by Subcommittee: D09.18

    Book of Standards Volume: 10.02

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    This specification covers track-resistant black thermoplastic high-density polyethylene insulation for conducting wires and cables operating continuously at a specified conductor temperature. The insulation is suitable for use for power transmission in overhead spaced-line service that is exposed to sunlight and other atmospheric environments. The prescribed tests cannot be performed unless the insulation is formed around a conductor, but these are done solely to determine the insulation properties and not to test the conductor or completed cable. Each test sample should be subjected to an ac or dc voltage withstand test at voltages that are based on the nominal thickness of the insulation and should comply with the required values for aging, heat distortion, cold blend, U-bend discharge, track resistance, tensile strength, elongation at rupture, environmental cracking, and surface resistivity.

    This abstract is a brief summary of the referenced standard. It is informational only and not an official part of the standard; the full text of the standard itself must be referred to for its use and application. ASTM does not give any warranty express or implied or make any representation that the contents of this abstract are accurate, complete or up to date.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This specification covers track-resistant black thermoplastic high-density polyethylene insulation. Before application to the conductor, the insulation shall comply with the requirements of Specification D1248, Type III, Class C, Category 5, Grade E10, J4, or J5. The requirements of Specification D1248 shall not apply to the insulation removed from the conductor.

    1.2 This type of insulation is considered suitable for use on wire or cable that will be used for continuous operation at conductor temperatures up to 75 °C.

    1.3 This insulation is suitable for use on wire or in cable used for power transmission in overhead spaced-line service, installed at temperatures above −25 °C and exposed to sunlight and other atmospheric environments between −55 and +75 °C.

    1.4 In many instances, the insulation cannot be tested unless it has been formed around a conductor. Therefore, tests done on insulated wire in this standard are solely to determine the relevant property of the insulation and not to test the conductor or completed cable.

    1.5 Whenever two sets of values are presented, in different units, the values in the first set are the standard, while those in parentheses are for information only.

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

    ASTM Standards

    D1248 Specification for Polyethylene Plastics Extrusion Materials for Wire and Cable

    D1693 Test Method for Environmental Stress-Cracking of Ethylene Plastics

    D1711 Terminology Relating to Electrical Insulation

    D1928 Practice for Preparation of Compression-Molded Polyethylene Test Sheets and Test Specimens

    D2132 Test Method for Dust-and-Fog Tracking and Erosion Resistance of Electrical Insulating Materials

    D2633 Test Methods for Thermoplastic Insulations and Jackets for Wire and Cable

    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 29.035.20 (Plastic and rubber insulating materials)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 26121500(Electrical wire); 26121600(Electrical cable and accessories)

    DOI: 10.1520/D3554-07R13

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