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Significance and Use
1.1 This specification covers performance requirements, test methods, and marking requirements for metric-sized system components (electrofusion and mechanical fittings) when joined with metric-sized PEX pipe (Specification F2788) as a system, intended for use up to and including a maximum working temperature of 200°F (93°C ). The following performance requirements are described for the fittings – 68°F (20°C) hydrostatic strength, 176°F (80°C) hydrostatic strength, short-term internal pressure resistance, resistance to tensile loads, cohesive resistance for electrofusion fittings at both the minimum and maximum recommended temperatures, impact resistance for saddle fittings, and leak tightness and pull out tests for mechanical fittings. The metric-sized components covered by this specification are intended for the above-ground and buried pressure piping applications, such as industrial & general-purpose pipelines, potable water pipelines, and fire – extinguishing pipelines.
1.2 The text of this specification references notes, footnotes, and appendixes, which provide explanatory material. These notes and footnotes (excluding those in tables and figures) shall not be considered as requirements of the specification.
1.3 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.
1.3.1 Exception—Except for dimensions, the values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses for nominal sizes are mathematical conversions to inch-pound units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.
Note 1—Metric sized (SI units) pipe (Specification F2788) should only be joined with corresponding metric sized fittings (such as Specification F2788, ISO 4427-3 or ISO 15875-3). Inch sized fittings should not be used for metric-sized pipe.
Note 2—Suggested hydrostatic design stresses and hydrostatic pressure ratings for pipe and fittings are listed in Appendix X1. Design, assembly, and installation considerations are discussed in Appendix X2. An optional performance qualification and an in-plant quality control program are recommended in Appendix X3.
1.4 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.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
D618 Practice for Conditioning Plastics for Testing
D1600 Terminology for Abbreviated Terms Relating to Plastics
D1898 Practice for Sampling of Plastics
D2749 Symbols for Dimensions of Plastic Pipe 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
F1055 Specification for Electrofusion Type Polyethylene Fittings for Outside Diameter Controlled Polyethylene and Crosslinked Polyethylene (PEX) Pipe and Tubing
F2788 Specification for Metric-sized Crosslinked Polyethylene (PEX) Pipe
Federal StandardFedStd.No.123 Marking for Shipment (Civil Agencies)
Military StandardMIL-STD-129 Marking for Shipment and Storage
NSF StandardNSF/ANSI61 Drinking Water System Components -- Health Effects
ICS Number Code 23.040.20 (Plastic pipes)