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Significance and Use
4.1 This classification is provided to serve the needs of designers, specifiers, installers, and users of seamless copper and copper alloy plumbing tube and piping systems. It familiarizes them with the products available for such systems, giving size ranges and available materials for products listed herein. Also refer to Section .
1.1 This classification covers various types of seamless copper and copper alloy pipe and tube used for water service, distribution, and drainage. It is not a specification for the various types and alloys.
1.2 This classification uses the standard copper designations developed and used by the copper industry.
1.3 This classification makes no attempt to differentiate between all compositions that could be termed coppers or copper alloys, but, in conformance with general practice in the trade, includes those coppers and copper alloys commonly used in the manufacture of water service, distribution, and drainage pipe and tube.
1.4 This classification makes no attempt to differentiate between all applications of seamless copper and copper alloy piping and tube intended for use in water service distribution and drainage.
1.5 The values stated in either SI units or inch-pound units are to be regarded separately as standard. The values stated in each system are not necessarily exact equivalents; therefore, to ensure conformance with the standard, each system shall be used independently of the other, and values from the two systems shall not be combined.
1.6 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
B42 Specification for Seamless Copper Pipe, Standard Sizes
B43 Specification for Seamless Red Brass Pipe, Standard Sizes
B88 Specification for Seamless Copper Water Tube
B88M Specification for Seamless Copper Water Tube (Metric)
B302 Specification for Threadless Copper Pipe, Standard Sizes
B306 Specification for Copper Drainage Tube (DWV)
B846 Terminology for Copper and Copper Alloys
E527 Practice for Numbering Metals and Alloys in the Unified Numbering System (UNS)
ICS Number Code 23.040.15 (Non-ferrous metal pipes)
UNSPSC Code 40182000(Seamless copper tubes); 40171511(Commercial copper pipe)
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ASTM B698 / B698M-10(2021), Standard Classification for Seamless Copper and Copper Alloy Plumbing Pipe and Tube, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2021, www.astm.orgBack to Top