ASTM D4967 - 99(2013)

    Standard Guide for Selecting Materials to Be Used for Insulation, Jacketing and Strength Components in Fiber-Optic Cables

    Active Standard ASTM D4967 | Developed by Subcommittee: D09.07

    Book of Standards Volume: 10.02

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    Significance and Use

    4.1 The lists of components and materials are useful in enhancing the user's understanding of the technology and construction of fiber-optics cables and the development of performance standards for cables.

    4.2 This guide is intended for use by all parties involved with fiber optics: materials suppliers, cable manufacturers, and end-users.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide is intended to provide a list of materials commonly used in components that provide insulation, jacketing and strength in fiber-optic cables. Where these materials are covered by ASTM standards, an appropriate reference is made. Due to changing technology, not all materials being used are necessarily listed here.

    1.2 This guide does not include materials used in components for optical purposes (optical fiber and its coating) or external metallic armoring (such as for a barrier to rodents).

    1.3 This guide offers two general lists of materials:

    1.3.1 A subdivision of fiber-optic cable construction into components that are used for insulation, jacketing, or strength, with a generic material classification for specific applications in each component (see Section 5); and

    1.3.2 An alphabetical list of the generic material classifications, showing ASTM standards where they exist (see Table 1).

    TABLE 1 Materials in Current Use


    ASTM Specification























    Glass fibers


    Glass-fiber reinforced plastics


    Grease and similar materials

    D4730, D4731, D4732




    D4730, D4731, D4732



    Polyester tape




    Polyimide tape






    Poly(vinyl chloride)



    D4730, D4731, D4732

    Silicone rubber




    Thermoplastic elastomer


    Thermoplastic polyester


    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

    D1248 Specification for Polyethylene Plastics Extrusion Materials for Wire and Cable

    D1457 Specification for Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) Molding and Extrusion Materials

    D1711 Terminology Relating to Electrical Insulation

    D2116 Specification for FEP-Fluorocarbon Molding and Extrusion Materials

    D2287 Specification for Nonrigid Vinyl Chloride Polymer and Copolymer Molding and Extrusion Compounds

    D2526 Specification for Ozone-Resisting Silicone Rubber Insulation for Wire and Cable

    D3159 Specification for Modified ETFE Fluoropolymer Molding and Extrusion Materials

    D3222 Specification for Unmodified Poly(Vinylidene Fluoride) (PVDF) Molding Extrusion and Coating Materials

    D3275 Classification System for E-CTFE-Fluoroplastic Molding, Extrusion, and Coating Materials

    D3307 Specification for Perfluoroalkoxy (PFA) Resin Molding and Extrusion Materials

    D3317 Specification for High Modulus, Organix Yarn and Roving

    D3664 Specification for Biaxially Oriented Polymeric Resin Film for Capacitors in Electrical Equipment

    D3935 Classification System and Basis for Specification for Polycarbonate (PC) Unfilled and Reinforced Material

    D4066 Classification System for Nylon Injection and Extrusion Materials (PA)

    D4101 Specification for Polypropylene Injection and Extrusion Materials

    D4246 Specification for Ozone-Resistant Thermoplastic Elastomer Insulation For Wire and Cable, 90C Operation

    D4507 Specification for Thermoplastic Polyester (TPES) Materials

    D4730 Specification for Flooding Compounds for Telecommunications Wire and Cable

    D4731 Specification for Hot-Application Filling Compounds for Telecommunications Wire and Cable

    D4732 Specification for Cool-Application Filling Compounds for Telecommunications Wire and Cable

    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 33.180.01 (Fibre optic systems in general); 33.180.10 (Fibres and cables)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 26121607(Fiber optic cable)

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    DOI: 10.1520/D4967-99R13

    Citation Format

    ASTM D4967-99(2013), Standard Guide for Selecting Materials to Be Used for Insulation, Jacketing and Strength Components in Fiber-Optic Cables, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2013,

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