ASTM F1588 - 96(2011)

    Standard Test Method for Constant Tensile Load Joint Test (CTLJT)

    Active Standard ASTM F1588 | Developed by Subcommittee: F17.40

    Book of Standards Volume: 08.04


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    Significance and Use

    This test method was designed to be used to validate the long-term resistance to pullout of joints designed for use in plastic natural gas piping systems.

    This test method is used in addition to the short-term tests required by OPS Part 192.283b, Title 49. Informal versions of this test method are used by manufacturers and utilities to demonstrate that a joint is resistant to the effects of long-term creep and meets the requirements for classification as a Category 1 or a Category 3 joint in accordance with Specification D 2513.

    This test method may also be applicable for the determination of the effects of a sustained axial load on joints or other components of plastic piping systems designed for other applications. Test parameters and the internal pressurizing fluid, if any, should be listed in the referencing document.

    Documents that reference this test method for products other than joints shall specify test conditions and performance requirements. In general, such products pass this test if they maintain their structural integrity, do not leak, and perform to specification during and after the test.

    1. Scope

    1.1 The constant tensile load joint test (CTLJT) is designed to demonstrate that a joint in a plastic piping system is resistant to the effects of long-term creep.

    1.1.1 The joint is subjected to an internal pressure at least equal to its operating pressure and a sustained axial tensile load for a specified time period, usually 1000 h. The joint shall not leak, nor may the pipe completely pull out for the test duration. The total axial stress is set by the referencing document.

    1.1.2 Some typical conditions for testing of joints on polyethylene pipe are described in Appendix X1.

    1.2 This test is usually performed at 73°F (22.8°C).

    1.3 The CTLJT was developed to demonstrate the long-term resistance to pullout of mechanical joints on polyethylene gas pipe. The CTLJT has also been successfully applied to the evaluation of other components of plastic piping systems. These applications are discussed in Appendix X1.

    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.

    ASTM Standards

    D638 Test Method for Tensile Properties of Plastics

    D1600 Terminology for Abbreviated Terms Relating to Plastics

    D2122 Test Method for Determining Dimensions of Thermoplastic Pipe and Fittings

    D2513 Specification for Polyethylene (PE) Gas Pressure Pipe, Tubing, and Fittings

    F412 Terminology Relating to Plastic Piping Systems

    ANSI Standard

    B31.8 Gas Transmission and Distribution Piping Systems Available from American National Standards Institute (ANSI), 25 W. 43rd St., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10036, http://www.ansi.org.

    Code of Federal Regulations

    OPSPart192, Title 49 Available from Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 23.040.20 (Plastic pipes)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/F1588-96R11

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