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This specification covers a variety of compounds used for flooding the shields and armors of telecommunications wires and cables (both electrical and fiber optic) for the purpose of preventing water and other undesirable fluids from entering or migrating along or through the cable sheath. The material may be of any chemical composition suitable for the intended purpose and should meet the requirements specified. The flooding compound shall display adhesive properties to provide adhesion between metallic sheath elements and the outer jacket materials of wire and cable. All flooding compounds manufactured in conformance to this specification shall meet the following requirements: homogeneity and foreign material.
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1.1 This specification covers a variety of compounds used for flooding the shields and armors of telecommunications wires and cables (both electrical and fiber optic) for the purpose of preventing water and other undesirable fluids from entering or migrating along or through the cable sheath. (For related standards see Specifications and .)
1.2 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.
D6 Test Method for Loss on Heating of Oil and Asphaltic Compounds
D92 Test Method for Flash and Fire Points by Cleveland Open Cup Tester
D482 Test Method for Ash from Petroleum Products
D1321 Test Method for Needle Penetration of Petroleum Waxes
D3236 Test Method for Apparent Viscosity of Hot Melt Adhesives and Coating Materials
D4565 Test Methods for Physical and Environmental Performance Properties of Insulations and Jackets for Telecommunications Wire and Cable
D4568 Test Methods for Evaluating Compatibility Between Cable Filling and Flooding Compounds and Polyolefin Wire and Cable Materials
D4731 Specification for Hot-Application Filling Compounds for Telecommunications Wire and Cable
D4732 Specification for Cool-Application Filling Compounds for Telecommunications Wire and Cable
E28 Test Methods for Softening Point of Resins Derived from Pine Chemicals and Hydrocarbons, by Ring-and-Ball Apparatus
ICS Number Code 33.120.10 (Coaxial cables. Waveguides)
UNSPSC Code 26121616(Telecommunications cable)
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ASTM D4730-13(2020), Standard Specification for Flooding Compounds for Telecommunications Wire and Cable, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2020, www.astm.orgBack to Top