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1.1 This specification covers a crosslinked polyethylene insulation for electrical wires and cables in conductor sizes 14 AWG [2.08 mm2] and larger. The base polymer of this insulation consists substantially of polyethylene or a polyethylene copolymer.
1.2 This type of insulation is suitable for continuous use on power cables in wet and dry locations, for voltage ratings not exceeding 2000 V and at conductor temperatures not exceeding 90 C for normal operation. For copper conductors, the insulation may be applied over the uncoated metal.
1.3 Materials covered by this specification are not sunlight and weather resistant unless they are carbon black pigmented or contain an additive system designed for this protection.
1.4 In many instances the insulation cannot be tested unless it has been formed around a conductor. Therefore, tests are done on insulated wire in this standard solely to determine the relevant property of the insulation and not to test the conductor or completed cable.
1.5 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.
D470 Test Methods for Crosslinked Insulations and Jackets for Wire and Cable
D1248 Specification for Polyethylene Plastics Extrusion Materials for Wire and Cable
D1711 Terminology Relating to Electrical Insulation
D2765 Test Methods for Determination of Gel Content and Swell Ratio of Crosslinked Ethylene Plastics
ICEA StandardICEA T-28-562
ICS Number Code 29.035.20 (Plastic and rubber insulating materials)
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ASTM D2655-00(2006), Standard Specification for Crosslinked Polyethylene Insulation for Wire and Cable Rated 0 to 2000 V, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2006, www.astm.orgBack to Top