Active Standard ASTM D4801 | Developed by Subcommittee: D20.19
Book of Standards Volume: 08.02
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This specification covers the requirements for extruded (cast or blown) and compression-molded sheeting made from low-, medium-, and high-density polyethylenes and copolymers in specified thicknesses. Depending on the functional requirements, sheeting conforming to this specification is used in applications such as chemical tank linings, spacers in electrical equipment, thermoforming into such items as trays, pallets, and shipping containers, and as machine-shop stock. This specification allows for reprocessable and recyclable polyethylene plastic materials, provided that any specific requirements as governed by the producer and end user are met. The three types of polyethylene sheeting covered here are: Type I, natural or colored for general purpose; Type II, natural or colored for dielectrics; and Type III, black for weather-resistant applications. Sampled specimens shall be tested for their conformance with physical requirements as follows: dimension (length, width, diameter, and cores); form; tensile strength at yield and nominal strain at break; shrinkage; warpage and twist; and color, appearance, and workmanship.
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1.1 This specification covers requirements for extruded (cast or blown) and compression-molded sheeting made from low-, medium- and high-density polyethylenes and copolymers in thickness of 0.25 mm (0.010 in.) and greater. Depending on the functional requirements, sheeting conforming to this specification is used in applications such as chemical tank linings, spacers in electrical equipment, thermoforming into such items as trays, pallets, and shipping containers, and as machine-shop stock.
1.2 Polyethylene materials, being thermoplastics, are reprocessable and recyclable (see Guides D 5033
1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.
1.4 The following precautionary caveat pertains only to the test methods portion, Section 11, of this specification: 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.
Note 1—There is no known ISO equivalent to this standard.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
D618 Practice for Conditioning Plastics for Testing
D638 Test Method for Tensile Properties of Plastics
D792 Test Methods for Density and Specific Gravity (Relative Density) of Plastics by Displacement
D883 Terminology Relating to Plastics
D1204 Test Method for Linear Dimensional Changes of Nonrigid Thermoplastic Sheeting or Film at Elevated Temperature
D1505 Test Method for Density of Plastics by the Density-Gradient Technique
D2103 Specification for Polyethylene Film and Sheeting
D3892 Practice for Packaging/Packing of Plastics
D4976 Specification for Polyethylene Plastics Molding and Extrusion Materials
D5033 Guide for Development of ASTM Standards Relating to Recycling and Use of Recycled Plastics
D5947 Test Methods for Physical Dimensions of Solid Plastics Specimens
D7209 Guide for Waste Reduction, Resource Recovery, and Use of Recycled Polymeric Materials and Products
Military StandardMIL-STD-105 Sampling Procedures and Tables for Inspection by Attributes
Federal StandardFed.Std.No.406A Plastics: Methods of Testing (Method 6051, Warpage)
ICS Number Code 83.140.10 (Films and sheets)
UNSPSC Code 30265802(Plastic sheet); 13111016(Polyethylene)