ASTM D2737-03

    Standard Specification for Polyethylene (PE) Plastic Tubing


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This specification covers polyethylene (PE) tubing pressure rated for water (see appendix). Included are criteria for classifying PE plastic tubing materials and PE plastic tubing, and requirements and test methods for materials, workmanship, dimensions, sustained pressure, burst pressure, and environmental stress cracking. This specification differs from the pipe specifications in their outside diameters. Methods of marking are also given.

    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 the standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.

    Note 1—PE plastic tubing is often used with fittings that require flaring the tubing. The technique used to make the flare is highly important to produce leak-free joints. For further information, refer to Practice D 3140.

    1.4 The following safety hazards caveat pertains only to the test methods 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.

    ASTM Standards

    D618 Practice for Conditioning Plastics for Testing

    D638 Test Method for Tensile Properties of Plastics

    D1238 Test Method for Melt Flow Rates of Thermoplastics by Extrusion Plastometer

    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

    D1603 Test Method for Carbon Black Content in Olefin Plastics

    D2122 Test Method for Determining Dimensions of Thermoplastic Pipe and Fittings

    D2565 Practice for Xenon-Arc Exposure of Plastics Intended for Outdoor Applications

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

    D3140 Practice For Flaring Polyolefin Pipe And Tubing Withdrawn. The last approved version of this historical standard is referenced on www.astm.org.

    D3350 Specification for Polyethylene Plastics Pipe and Fittings Materials

    D4218 Test Method for Determination of Carbon Black Content in Polyethylene Compounds By the Muffle-Furnace Technique

    F412 Terminology Relating to Plastic Piping Systems

    G154 Practice for Operating Fluorescent Light Apparatus for UV Exposure of Nonmetallic Materials

    G155 Practice for Operating Xenon Arc Light Apparatus for Exposure of Non-Metallic Materials

    APWA Standard

    APWA Uniform Color Code

    NSF Standards

    PPI Standards

    PPI TR-4 HDB/SDB/PDB/MRS Listed Materials, PPI Listing of Hydrostatic Design Basis (HDB), Strength Design Basis (SDB), Pressure Design Basis (PDB), and Minimum Required Strength (MRS) Ratings for Thermoplastic Piping Materials or Pipe


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 23.040.20 (Plastic pipes)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 40171520(Commercial HDPE pipe)


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    DOI: 10.1520/D2737-03

    Citation Format

    ASTM D2737-03, Standard Specification for Polyethylene (PE) Plastic Tubing, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2003, www.astm.org

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