Standard Active Last Updated: Feb 07, 2019
ASTM F2098-18

Standard Specification for Stainless Steel Clamps for Securing SDR9 Cross-linked Polyethylene (PEX) Tubing and SDR9 Polyethylene of Raised Temperature (PE-RT) to Metal Insert and Plastic Insert Fittings


This specification covers stainless steel clamps for securing SDR9 cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) tubing to metal insert and plastic insert fittings. All performance tests shall be performed on assemblies of fittings, clamps and PEX tubing. Clamps shall meet the material and dimensional requirements prescribed. The surfaces of the clamps shall be smooth and free of foreign material. Clamps shall be free of cracks, holes, corrosion, voids, foreign inclusions, or other defects that are visible to the unaided eye that have potential to affect the clamp integrity. Insert fittings shall be joined to PEX tubing by deforming and locking a stainless steel clamp around the outer circumference of the tubing, forcing the tubing material into annular spaces formed by the ribs on the fitting. The clamping procedure shall be as follows: slide the clamp onto the tubing, insert the ribbed end of the fitting into the end of the tubing until the tubing contacts the shoulder of the fitting or tube stop.


1.1 This specification covers stainless steel clamps for use with five sizes of insert fittings that comply with F1807 or F2159, and cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) plastic tubing that complies with F876 and for use with polyethylene of raised temperature (PE-RT) tubing that complies with Specification F2769. These clamps are intended as an alternative to the copper-alloy crimp-rings of Specifications F1807 for use in 100 psi (689.5 kPa) cold- and hot-water distribution systems operating at temperatures up to and including 180°F (82°C). Included are requirements for materials, workmanship, dimensions and marking of the stainless steel clamps; requirements for deforming the clamps; which apply to assemblies of PEX tubing and Specifications F1807 and F2159, insert fittings secured with deformed clamps per this specification.

1.2 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.

1.3 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.

1.4 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.

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Book of Standards Volume: 08.04
Developed by Subcommittee: F17.10
Pages: 5
DOI: 10.1520/F2098-18
ICS Code: 23.040.40