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1.1 This specification covers a thermoplastic insulation which consists substantially of polyethylene.
1.2 This type of insulation is considered suitable for use on wire or cable that will be used for continuous operation at conductor temperatures up to 75 °C with a maximum conductor size of 1000 kcmil (507 mm2). The maximum voltage rating shall not exceed 35 000 V for power application or 9 000 V for series lighting.
1.3 In many instances the insulation material cannot be tested unless it has been formed around a conductor. Therefore, tests done on insulated wire or cable in this specification are solely to determine the relevant property of the insulation material and not to test the insulated conductor or completed cable.
1.4 Whenever two sets of values are presented, in different units, the values in the first set are the standard, while those in parentheses are for information only.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
D1248 Specification for Polyethylene Plastics Extrusion Materials for Wire and Cable
D1711 Terminology Relating to Electrical Insulation
D2308 Specification for Thermoplastic Polyethylene Jacket for Electrical Wire and Cable
D2633 Test Methods for Thermoplastic Insulations and Jackets for Wire and Cable
D3349 Test Method for Absorption Coefficient of Ethylene Polymer Material Pigmented with Carbon Black
ICS Number Code 29.035.20 (Plastic and rubber insulating materials)
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ASTM D1351-08, Standard Specification for Thermoplastic Polyethylene Insulation for Electrical Wire and Cable, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2008, www.astm.orgBack to Top