ASTM F2855 - 12

    Standard Specification for Chlorinated Poly(Vinyl Chloride)/Aluminum/Chlorinated Poly(Vinyl Chloride) (CPVC-AL-CPVC) Composite Pressure Tubing

    Active Standard ASTM F2855 | Developed by Subcommittee: F17.61

    Book of Standards Volume: 08.04


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    Significance and Use

    1. Scope

    1.1 This specification covers a Chlorinated Poly(Vinyl Chloride)/Aluminum/Chlorinated Poly(Vinyl Chloride), (CPVC AL CPVC), composite pressure tubing with a welded aluminum tube reinforcement between the inner and outer layers. The inner and outer CPVC layers are bonded to the aluminum tube by a melt adhesive. Included is a system of nomenclature for the composite tubing, the requirements and test methods for materials, the dimensions of the component layers and finished tubing, adhesion tests, hydrostatic burst and sustained pressure and thermocycling performance. Also given are the requirements and methods of marking. The components covered by this specification are intended for use in residential and commercial, hot and cold, potable water distribution systems.

    Note 1—The text of this standard 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 the standard.

    1.2 This specification covers only composite tubing incorporating a continuously welded aluminum tube. Tubing consisting of metallic layers not continuously welded together are outside the scope of this specification.

    1.3 Specifications for internal bushings for use with composite tubing meeting the requirements of this specification are given in Annex A1.

    Note 2—In order to assure the expected life expectancy of CPVC-AL-CPVC composite tubing by preventing corrosion of the Aluminum, a bushing meeting the requirements of Annex A1 is required to be solvent cemented into the cut ends of the CPVC-AL-CPVC tubing prior to making solvent cement joints in the piping. This bushing seals off the cut ends of the tubing preventing any contact of the AL layer with any liquids being transported by the tubing.

    1.4 Tubing meeting the requirements of this standard are designed to be used with fittings and solvent cements meeting the requirements of Specification D2846/D2846M when assembled in accordance with Appendix X3.

    1.5 The products covered by this specification are intended for use with the distribution of pressurized liquids only, which are chemically compatible with the tubing materials. Due to inherent hazards associated with testing components and systems with compressed air or other compressed gases some manufacturers do not allow pneumatic testing of their products. Consult with specific product manufacturers for their specific testing procedures prior to pneumatic testing.

    Note 3—Pressurized (compressed) air or other compressed gases contain large amounts of stored energy which present serious safety hazards should a system fail for any reason.

    1.6 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.

    Note 4—Suggested hydrostatic design pressures and pressure ratings for tubing are listed in Appendix X1.

    1.7 The following safety hazards caveat pertains only to the test method portion, Section 9. 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

    D696 Test Method for Coefficient of Linear Thermal Expansion of Plastics Between -30C and 30C with a Vitreous Silica Dilatometer

    D1600 Terminology for Abbreviated Terms Relating to Plastics

    D1784 Specification for Rigid Poly(Vinyl Chloride) (PVC) Compounds and Chlorinated Poly(Vinyl Chloride) (CPVC) Compounds

    D1898 Practice for Sampling of Plastics

    D2122 Test Method for Determining Dimensions of Thermoplastic Pipe and Fittings

    D2837 Test Method for Obtaining Hydrostatic Design Basis for Thermoplastic Pipe Materials or Pressure Design Basis for Thermoplastic Pipe Products

    D2846/D2846M Specification for Chlorinated Poly(Vinyl Chloride) (CPVC) Plastic Hot- and Cold-Water Distribution Systems

    D3167 Test Method for Floating Roller Peel Resistance of Adhesives

    E8/E8M Test Methods for Tension Testing of Metallic Materials

    F412 Terminology Relating to Plastic Piping Systems

    F1281 Specification for Crosslinked Polyethylene/Aluminum/Crosslinked Polyethylene (PEX-AL-PEX) Pressure Pipe

    Military Standards

    MIL-STD-129 Marking for Shipment and Storage

    Federal Standards

    Fed.Std.No.123 Marking for Shipments (Civil Agencies)


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 23.040.20 (Plastic pipes)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 40171518(Commercial CPVC pipe)


    DOI: 10.1520/F2855-12

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