ASTM F2487 - 13

    Standard Practice for Infiltration and Exfiltration Acceptance Testing of Installed Corrugated High Density Polyethylene and Polypropylene Pipelines

    Active Standard ASTM F2487 | Developed by Subcommittee: F17.20

    Book of Standards Volume: 08.04


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 This is not a routine test. The values recorded are applicable only to the pipe being tested and at the time of testing.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice covers procedures for testing installed non-perforated, gasketed corrugated high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and corrugated polypropylene (PP) pipelines using either water infiltration or exfiltration acceptance limits to demonstrate the integrity via the level of leakage of the installed materials, construction procedures and installation qualityvia the level of leakage. Pipe to be tested under this practice shall include corrugated HDPE and PP drainage pipe meeting the requirements of AASHTO M 252, AASHTO M 294 and Specifications F2306/F2306M, F2736, F2762, F2763, F2764, and F2947.

    Note 1The performance criteria specified in this standard may be used for other plastic pipe products. The engineer, however, must assess if the testing procedures are adequate for the particular material and installation being considered.
    Note 2The user of this practice is advised that test criteria presented in this practice are similar to those in general use. Pipe, 600-mm (24-in.) diameter or larger, may be accepted by visual inspection when testing for infiltration.

    1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values in parentheses are mathematical conversions to inch-pounds, which are provided for informational purposes only and are not considered standard.

    1.3 This test method shall be performed on lines after all connections and service laterals have been plugged and braced adequately to withstand the test pressures. The time between completion of the backfill operations and testing shall be specified by the approving authority.

    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. The testing required under this standard necessitates operating in confined spaces. The user must insure that all OSHA and local safety codes are duly observed.


    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

    D3212 Specification for Joints for Drain and Sewer Plastic Pipes Using Flexible Elastomeric Seals

    F412 Terminology Relating to Plastic Piping Systems

    F2306/F2306M Specification for 12 to 60 in. [300 to 1500 mm] Annular Corrugated Profile-Wall Polyethylene (PE) Pipe and Fittings for Gravity-Flow Storm Sewer and Subsurface Drainage Applications

    F2736 Specification for 6 to 30 in. (152 To 762 mm) Polypropylene (PP) Corrugated Single Wall Pipe And Double Wall Pipe

    F2762 Specification for 12 to 30 in. (300 to 750 mm) Annular Corrugated Profile-Wall Polyethylene (PE) Pipe and Fittings for Sanitary Sewer Applications

    F2763 Specification for 30 to 60 in. [750 to 1500 mm] Triple Profile-Wall Polyethylene (PE) Pipe and Fittings for Sanitary Sewer Applications

    F2764 Specification for 30 to 60 in. [750 to 1500 mm] Polypropylene (PP) Triple Wall Pipe and Fittings for Non-Pressure Sanitary Sewer Applications

    F2947 Specification for 150 to 1500 mm [6 to 60 in.] Annular Corrugated Profile-Wall Polyethylene (PE) Pipe and Fittings for Sanitary Sewer Applications

    AASHTO Standards

    M252 Standard Specification for Corrugated Polyethylene Drainage Pipe 75 to 250-mm (3 to 10-inch) Diameter

    M294 Standard Specification for Corrugated Polyethylene Drainage Pipe 300 to 1500-mm (12 to 60-inch) Diameter


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 23.040.20 (Plastic pipes)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 40171520(Commercial HDPE pipe)


    DOI: 10.1520/F2487

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