Standard Active Last Updated: Aug 08, 2019
ASTM F2231-02(2019)

Standard Test Method for Charpy Impact Test on Thin Specimens of Polyethylene Used in Pressurized Pipes

Significance and Use

5.1 Brown and Lu4,5 show the Charpy impact energy is related to the ultimate critical temperature of the rapid crack propagation [RCP] behavior as measured by the ISO 13477, S-4 test.6

5.2 The test method may be used to determine the impact energy of polyethylene used in the manufacture of pipe . This test method involves the preparation of a small compression molded specimen of PE resin that is then notched in a specified manner. The specimen is then broken in a pendulum impact machine. The impact energy is recorded in joules. The value obtained is referred to as the Charpy impact energy.


1.1 This test method describes the specimen preparation and the method of measuring the impact energy of polyethylene used in pressurized pipes.

1.2 The test specimens are taken from compression molded plaques of the resin from pellets or pipe.

1.3 Units—The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this 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.

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Book of Standards Volume: 08.04
Developed by Subcommittee: F17.40
Pages: 3
DOI: 10.1520/F2231-02R19
ICS Code: 23.040.20