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This practice covers procedures for testing concrete pipe sewer lines, when using the low-pressure air test method to demonstrate the integrity of the installed material and the construction procedures. This practice is used for testing 100 to 600-mm circular concrete pipe sewer lines utilizing gasketed joints.
Formerly under the jurisdiction of Committee C13 on Concrete Pipe, this practice was withdrawn in December 2013 because of safety concerns when conducting this test. There are alternative ASTM in-plant and installed pipeline testing specifications using both negative air pressure (vacuum testing) and water infiltration and exfiltration.
1.1 This practice covers procedures for testing concrete pipe sewer lines, when using the low-pressure air test method to demonstrate the integrity of the installed material and the construction procedures. This practice is used for testing 100 to 600-mm circular concrete pipe sewer lines utilizing gasketed joints.
1.2 This practice is also be used as a preliminary test to enable the installer to demonstrate the condition of the line prior to backfill.
1.3 This practice is the SI companion to Practice C 924.
Note 1—The user of this practice is advised that air test criteria presented in this practice are similar to those in general use. The test and criteria have been used widely and successfully in testing smaller diameter pipe, but additional data are required to confirm the safety and applicability or develop criteria for pipe larger than 600 mm in diameter. Larger pipe will be accepted more conveniently by visual inspection and individual joint testing.
Note 2—The user of this practice is advised that no correlation has been found between air loss and water leakage.
1.4 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 (see Section 6, Safety Precautions).
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
C822 Terminology Relating to Concrete Pipe and Related Products
C969 Practice for Infiltration and Exfiltration Acceptance Testing of Installed Precast Concrete Pipe Sewer Lines
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ASTM C924M-02(2009), Standard Practice for Testing Concrete Pipe Sewer Lines by Low-Pressure Air Test Method (Metric) (Withdrawn 2013), ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2009, www.astm.orgBack to Top