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This specification describes requirements and test methods for the qualification of plastic bodied mechanical fittings for use with outside diameter controlled polyethylene (PE) gas distribution pipe, nominal 2 pipe size (IPS) and smaller. In addition, it specifies general requirements of the material from which these fittings are made. Unless otherwise specified, each nominal size of fitting shall be tested. Testing of the thickest wall pipe that the fitting is designed to be used with qualifies the use of that fitting with pipe of lesser wall thickness. In order to determine the overall performance of the mechanical fittings, the following tests shall be performed: elevated temperature sustained pressure test, tensile strength test, temperature cycling test, constant tensile load joint test (in-line joints only), and rotation test (mechanical saddle fittings only).
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1.1 This specification describes requirements and test methods for the qualification of plastic bodied mechanical fittings for use with outside diameter controlled polyethylene (PE) gas distribution pipe, nominal 2 pipe size (IPS) and smaller complying with Specification D2513. In addition, it specifies general requirements of the material from which these fittings are made.
1.2 The test methods described in this specification are not intended to be used as routine quality control tests.
1.3 This specification covers the types of mechanical fittings described in 3.2.
1.4 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.
1.5 The following safety hazards caveat pertains only to the test method portion, Section 7, 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.
1.6 The text of this specification references notes and footnotes, which provide explanatory material. These notes and footnotes (excluding those in tables and figures) shall not be considered as requirements of this specification.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
D638 Test Method for Tensile Properties of Plastics
D1598 Test Method for Time-to-Failure of Plastic Pipe Under Constant Internal Pressure
D1600 Terminology for Abbreviated Terms Relating to Plastics
D2513 Specification for Polyethylene (PE) Gas Pressure Pipe, Tubing, and Fittings
D2837 Test Method for Obtaining Hydrostatic Design Basis for Thermoplastic Pipe Materials or Pressure Design Basis for Thermoplastic Pipe Products
F412 Terminology Relating to Plastic Piping Systems
F1588 Test Method for Constant Tensile Load Joint Test (CTLJT)
F2897 Specification for Tracking and Traceability Encoding System of Natural Gas Distribution Components (Pipe, Tubing, Fittings, Valves, and Appurtenances)
ASME StandardASMEB31.8 Gas Transmission and Distribution Piping Systems Available from American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), ASME International Headquarters, Three Park Ave., New York, NY 10016-5990, http://www.asme.org.
Federal StandardCFR,Title49,Part192 Pipeline Safety Regulations Available from Standardization Documents Order Desk, DODSSP, Bldg. 4, Section D, 700 Robbins Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19111-5098, http://dodssp.daps.dla.mil.
Plastics Pipe Institute StandardPPITR-4 Recommended Hydrostatic Strengths and Design Stresses for Thermoplastic Pipe and Fittings Compounds Available from Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI), 105 Decker Court, Suite 825, Irving, TX 75062, http://www.plasticpipe.org.
ICS Number Code 23.040.45 (Plastic fittings)
UNSPSC Code 40183000(Rubber and plastic tubing)