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This test method describes the general requirements for evaluating the long-term, chlorinated water, oxidative resistance of multilayer tubing which includes an inner layer of a polyolefin material such as PE or PEX (for example, see Specification F1986 or F1281). This test method outlines the requirements of a pressurized flow-through test system, test pressure, test-fluid characteristics, failure type, and data analysis.
Formerly under the jurisdiction of Committee F17 on Plastic Piping Systems, this test method was withdrawn in February 2010, because it contain no precision and bias and the method was not in use.
1.1 This test method describes the general requirements for evaluating the long-term, chlorinated water, oxidative resistance of multilayer tubing which includes an inner layer of a polyolefin material such as PE or PEX (for example, see Specification F 1986 or F 1281). This test method outlines the requirements of a pressurized flow-through test system, test pressure, test-fluid characteristics, failure type, and data analysis.Note 1—Other known disinfecting systems (chlorine dioxide, ozone, and chloramine) are currently used for protection of potable water; however, free-chlorine is the most common system in use today. Disinfecting systems other than chlorine have not been evaluated by this method.
1.2 This test method is valid for polyolefin materials that are stabilized with hindered phenolic type anti-oxidants that shall be analyzed using the Oxidative Induction Time (OIT) method (for example, D 3895).
1.3 Guidelines and requirements for test temperatures, test hoop stresses, and other test criteria shall be stablished by prior testing of multilayer tubing and solid-wall PEX and PE tubing. Other related system components that typically appear in a multilayer tubing hot-and-cold water distribution system shall be evaluated with the multilayer tubing. When testing multilayer tubing and fittings as a system, it is recommended that the anticipated end-use fitting type(s) and material(s) be included in the test circuit since it is known that some fitting types and materials can affect failure times. Specimens used shall be representative of the piping product(s) and material(s) under investigation.
Note 2—The procedures described in this test method (with some modifications of test temperatures or stresses, or both) have been used to evaluate pipes manufactured from polybutylene (PB), polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), cross-linked polyethylene (PEX), and multilayer (polymer-metal composite) pipes.
1.4 This test method is applicable to multilayer tubing and systems used for transport of potable water containing free-chlorine for disinfecting purposes. The oxidizing potential of the test-fluid specified in this test method exceeds that typically found in potable water systems across the United States.
1.5 The values stated in cm-gram units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are for information purposes.
1.6 The following precautionary caveat pertains only to the test method portion, Section 12, 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.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
D1600 Terminology for Abbreviated Terms Relating to Plastics
D2122 Test Method for Determining Dimensions of Thermoplastic Pipe and Fittings
E177 Practice for Use of the Terms Precision and Bias in ASTM Test Methods
F412 Terminology Relating to Plastic Piping Systems