ASTM G218 - 19

    Standard Guide for External Corrosion Protection of Ductile Iron Pipe Utilizing Polyethylene Encasement Supplemented by Cathodic Protection

    Active Standard ASTM G218 | Developed by Subcommittee: G01.10

    Book of Standards Volume: 03.02


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 This guide provides basic information on the application of cathodic protection to polyethylene encased ductile iron pipe for engineers, owners, water companies, corrosion consultants, ductile iron (DI) pipe manufacturers and others who have an interest in providing underground corrosion protection to ductile iron pipe.

    4.2 There are many publications, standards, recommended practices, and specifications for the application of coatings and cathodic protection to steel pipe. However, the metallurgy, chemistry, physical properties, surface composition and texture, coating requirements and electrical continuity of standard production ductile iron pipe are significantly different than those of steel pipe, and coating and cathodic protection specifications written specifically for steel pipe may not be directly applicable to ductile iron pipe. The latest revision of a commonly accepted cathodic protection specification (NACE SP0169) states the following in the forward: “This standard does not include corrosion control methods based on injection of chemicals into the environment, on the use of electrically conductive coatings, or on the use of non-adhered polyethylene encasement (refer to NACE Publication 10A292).” It is the purpose of this guide to summarize publications, case histories, and studies which are available regarding cathodic protection installations of polyethylene encased ductile iron pipe to give the reader guidance on this unique method of protection.

    4.3 This guide may be utilized with galvanic or impressed current cathodic protection.

    4.4 This guide is written specifically for ductile iron pipe and does not apply to any other type of piping material. It may also be used for ductile iron fittings, valves, and appurtenances specific to ductile iron piping systems.

    4.5 This guide references requirements for vendor provided information which should be requested and reviewed by the user.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide will discuss standard practices which have been successfully utilized in the field for over 35 years to provide external corrosion protection of polyethylene encased ductile iron pipe supplemented with cathodic protection (CP). This guide may also be used for ductile iron fittings, valves, and other appurtenances specific to ductile iron pipe systems. Case histories and publications reporting on the use of cathodic protection to supplement polyethylene encasement are included as an Appendix in this guide.

    1.2 Other external corrosion control methods which have been used for ductile iron pipe include, but are not limited to: cathodic protection, metallic zinc coatings, bonded dielectric coatings, dielectric coatings with cathodic protection, and trench improvement. Detailed information on these methods of protection are available from other sources and are beyond the scope of this guide.

    1.3 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered 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.

    1.5 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

    A674 Practice for Polyethylene Encasement for Ductile Iron Pipe for Water or Other Liquids

    A746 Specification for Ductile Iron Gravity Sewer Pipe

    D149 Test Method for Dielectric Breakdown Voltage and Dielectric Strength of Solid Electrical Insulating Materials at Commercial Power Frequencies

    D882 Test Method for Tensile Properties of Thin Plastic Sheeting

    D1709 Test Methods for Impact Resistance of Plastic Film by the Free-Falling Dart Method

    D1922 Test Method for Propagation Tear Resistance of Plastic Film and Thin Sheeting by Pendulum Method

    D4976 Specification for Polyethylene Plastics Molding and Extrusion Materials

    G51 Test Method for Measuring pH of Soil for Use in Corrosion Testing

    G57 Test Method for Field Measurement of Soil Resistivity Using the Wenner Four-Electrode Method

    G97 Test Method for Laboratory Evaluation of Magnesium Sacrificial Anode Test Specimens for Underground Applications

    G187 Test Method for Measurement of Soil Resistivity Using the Two-Electrode Soil Box Method

    G200 Test Method for Measurement of Oxidation-Reduction Potential (ORP) of Soil

    G215 Guide for Electrode Potential Measurement


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    DOI: 10.1520/G0218-19

    Citation Format

    ASTM G218-19, Standard Guide for External Corrosion Protection of Ductile Iron Pipe Utilizing Polyethylene Encasement Supplemented by Cathodic Protection, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2019, www.astm.org

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