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    ASTM F3314 - 20

    Standard Terminology Relating to Technology and Underground Infrastructure

    Active Standard ASTM F3314 | Developed by Subcommittee: F36.91

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.12


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This terminology is a compilation of definitions of technical terms used in the underground infrastructure and plastic piping industry. Terms that are generally understood or adequately defined in other readily available sources are not included.

    1.2 When a term is used in an ASTM document for which Committee F36 is responsible, it is included only when judged, after review, by Subcommittee F36.91 to be a generally usable term.

    1.3 Definitions that are identical to those published by other ASTM committees or other standards organizations are identified with the committee number (for example, F17) or with the abbreviation of the name of the organization (for example, IUPAC, International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry).

    1.4 A definition is a single sentence with additional information included in discussions.

    1.5 Definitions are followed by the committee responsible for the standard(s) (for example, [F36.10]) and standard numbers(s) in which they are used (for example, F2233).

    1.6 Abbreviated Terminology: 

    1.6.1 Abbreviated terminology is intended to provide uniform contractions of terms relating to infrastructure that have evolved through widespread common usage. The compilation in this standard has been prepared to avoid the occurrence of more than one abbreviated term for a given term and to avoid multiple meanings for abbreviated terms.

    1.6.2 The abbreviated terminology and descriptions in this standard are intended to be consistent with usage in the infrastructure industry and the standards under F36 jurisdiction. Other ASTM committees may assign a different word-phrase description to the same abbreviated terminology. In such cases, the abbreviated terms in this standard shall apply to usage in F36 standards, or if widespread misunderstanding could result from conflicting abbreviated terminology descriptions, the abbreviated terminology for the word-phrase shall not be used in F36 standards.

    1.6.3 Acronyms and Initialisms—A word formed from the letters or parts of words of a longer word-phrase, usually from the initial letters or parts of the words. An acronym is pronounced as a word, for example, radar for radio detection and ranging. An initialism is pronounced as a series of letters, for example, DOT for Department of Transportation.

    1.6.4 The acronym or initialism description is the origin word-phrase for the acronym or initialism, not a definition.

    1.7 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.

    1.8 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.

    ASTM Standards

    D883 Terminology Relating to Plastics

    F412 Terminology Relating to Plastic Piping Systems


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    DOI: 10.1520/F3314-20

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    ASTM F3314-20, Standard Terminology Relating to Technology and Underground Infrastructure, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2020, www.astm.org

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