ASTM D4801 - 08

    Standard Specification for Polyethylene Sheeting in Thickness of 0.25 mm [0.010 in.] and Greater

    Active Standard ASTM D4801 | Developed by Subcommittee: D20.19

    Book of Standards Volume: 08.02


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    Abstract

    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.

    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 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 and D 7209). This specification allows for the use of those polyethylene plastic materials, provided that any specific requirements as governed by the producer and end user are met.

    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.

    ASTM Standards

    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 Standard

    MIL-STD-105 Sampling Procedures and Tables for Inspection by Attributes

    Federal Standard

    Fed.Std.No.406A Plastics: Methods of Testing (Method 6051, Warpage)


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 83.140.10 (Films and sheets)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 30265802(Plastic sheet); 13111016(Polyethylene)


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/D4801-08

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    Citation Format

    ASTM D4801-08, Standard Specification for Polyethylene Sheeting in Thickness of 0.25 mm [0.010 in.] and Greater, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2008, www.astm.org

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