ASTM F2928 - 13

    Standard Practice for Specimens and Testing Conditions for Testing Polyethylene (PE) Pipe Butt Fusions Using Tensile and Hydrostatic Test Methods

    Active Standard ASTM F2928 | Developed by Subcommittee: F17.40

    Book of Standards Volume: 08.04


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 This practice provides requirements for standardized preparation of sample butt fusions, preparation of specimens from sample butt fusions, and conditioning for testing in accordance with Test Method D638, Test Method D1598, or Test Method D1599. This practice is intended to improve the ability to reliably compare test results from multiple parties.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice provides standardized sample butt fusion preparation, conditioning, and testing conditions for tension testing of specimens prepared from sample butt fusion joints or hydrostatic tests of sample butt fusion joints in accordance with:

    1.1.1 Test Method D638, tension testing;

    1.1.1.1 The preparation or use of tensile specimens other than Test Method D638 Type I through Type V is beyond the scope of this practice.

    1.2 Test Method D1598, constant (sustained) hydraulic pressure testing;

    1.3 Test Method D1599, short-term hydraulic pressure testing.

    1.4 It is not within the scope of this practice to include plastic materials other than polyethylene or other tests for butt fusions. The exclusion of other plastic materials and other tests does not imply that other plastic materials are suitable or unsuitable for butt fusion, or that the tests cited herein are adequate or inadequate for qualitative characterization and for research and development of butt fusion joints, or that other tests do not have lesser, equal, or greater utility for such purpose.

    1.5 The evaluation of test results and the determination of test result evaluation criteria are not within the scope of this practice. This practice is limited to standardized butt fusion test specimens and testing conditions for the comparison of test data from multiple parties.

    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.

    1.7 In this standard, text in parentheses, notes in the body of the standard and appendices are informational and non-mandatory. For tables in the body of the standard, table notes are mandatory.

    1.8 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

    D618 Practice for Conditioning Plastics for Testing

    D638 Test Method for Tensile Properties of Plastics

    D1598 Test Method for Time-to-Failure of Plastic Pipe Under Constant Internal Pressure

    D1599 Test Method for Resistance to Short-Time Hydraulic Pressure of Plastic Pipe, Tubing, and Fittings

    D1600 Terminology for Abbreviated Terms Relating to Plastics

    F412 Terminology Relating to Plastic Piping Systems

    F2620 Practice for Heat Fusion Joining of Polyethylene Pipe and Fittings

    PPI Standards

    PPI2TR-3 Policies and Procedures for Developing Hydrostatic Design Basis (HDB), Pressure Design Basis (PDB), Strength Design Basis (SDB), and Minimum Required Strength (MRS) Ratings for Thermoplastic Piping Materials or Pipe

    PPITR-33 Generic Butt Fusion Joining Procedure for Field Joining of Polyethylene Pipe


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 23.040.20 (Plastic pipes); 23.040.45 (Plastic fittings)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 40170000(Pipe piping and pipe fittings); 13111016(Polyethylene)


    DOI: 10.1520/F2928

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