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This specification covers the identification of polyethylene plastic pipe and fitting materials. Cell classification of materials shall be according to tests of primary properties like density, melt index, flexural modulus, tensile strength at yield, slow crack growth resistance, and hydrostatic strength classification. Materials shall be manufactured by molding and extrusion of polyethylene plastic in the form of powder, granules, or pellets. Color and ultraviolet stabilizer, thermal stability, brittleness temperature, density, tensile strength at yield, and elongation at break shall conform to this specification.
This abstract is a brief summary of the referenced standard. It is informational only and not an official part of the standard; the full text of the standard itself must be referred to for its use and application. ASTM does not give any warranty express or implied or make any representation that the contents of this abstract are accurate, complete or up to date.
1.1 This specification covers the identification of polyethylene plastic pipe and fittings materials in accordance with a cell classification system. It is not the function of this specification to provide specific engineering data for design purposes, to specify manufacturing tolerances, or to determine suitability for use for a specific application.
1.1.1 Some plastic pipe and fitting PE compounds classified by this standard are sold as a base material and then combined with other material(s) (for example, color or additive concentrate) by the pipe or fitting manufacturer into a final classified compound either prior to or during production of the final article. This standard, excluding the requirements of , properties 5 and 6, and , can be used for property verification of the incoming base material(s) in accordance with .
1.1.2 In the case of PE compounds sold as the compound classified by the standard, see regarding property verification of the incoming classified compound.
1.1.3 Compounds with a cell classification value other than ‘0’ for the Hydrostatic Strength Classification (property 6) rely on a defined formulation. The composition of the defined formulation can be obtained from the owner of the formulation.
Note 1: Deviations from the defined formulation may affect the Hydrostatic Strength Classification.
1.2 Polyethylene plastic materials, being thermoplastic, are reprocessable and recyclable ( ). This specification allows for the use of those polyethylene materials, provided that all specific requirements of this specification are met.
Note 2: The notes in this specification are for information only and shall not be considered part of this specification.
Note 3: See Guide for information and definitions related to recycled plastics.
1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard.
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, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
Note 4: There is no known ISO equivalent to this standard.
1.5 For information regarding molding and extrusion materials see Specification . For information regarding wire and cable materials see Specification .
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.
D618 Practice for Conditioning Plastics for Testing
D638 Test Method for Tensile Properties of Plastics
D746 Test Method for Brittleness Temperature of Plastics and Elastomers by Impact
D790 Test Methods for Flexural Properties of Unreinforced and Reinforced Plastics and Electrical Insulating Materials
D792 Test Methods for Density and Specific Gravity (Relative Density) of Plastics by Displacement
D883 Terminology Relating to Plastics
D1238 Test Method for Melt Flow Rates of Thermoplastics by Extrusion Plastometer
D1248 Specification for Polyethylene Plastics Extrusion Materials for Wire and Cable
D1505 Test Method for Density of Plastics by the Density-Gradient Technique
D1603 Test Method for Carbon Black Content in Olefin Plastics
D1693 Test Method for Environmental Stress-Cracking of Ethylene Plastics
D1898 Practice for Sampling of Plastics
D2837 Test Method for Obtaining Hydrostatic Design Basis for Thermoplastic Pipe Materials or Pressure Design Basis for Thermoplastic Pipe Products
D2839 Practice for Use of a Melt Index Strand for Determining Density of Polyethylene
D3035 Specification for Polyethylene (PE) Plastic Pipe (DR-PR) Based on Controlled Outside Diameter
D3892 Practice for Packaging/Packing of Plastics
D4218 Test Method for Determination of Carbon Black Content in Polyethylene Compounds by the Muffle-Furnace Technique
D4703 Practice for Compression Molding Thermoplastic Materials into Test Specimens, Plaques, or Sheets
D4883 Test Method for Density of Polyethylene by the Ultrasound Technique
D4976 Specification for Polyethylene Plastics Molding and Extrusion Materials
D5033 Guide for Development of ASTM Standards Relating to Recycling and Use of Recycled Plastics
F1473 Test Method for Notch Tensile Test to Measure the Resistance to Slow Crack Growth of Polyethylene Pipes and Resins
F2263 Test Method for Evaluating the Oxidative Resistance of Polyethylene (PE) Pipe to Chlorinated Water
ICS Number Code 23.040.20 (Plastic pipes); 23.040.45 (Plastic fittings)
UNSPSC Code 40170000(Pipe piping and pipe fittings)
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