Work Item
ASTM WK61117

New Practice for Electrofusion Joining Polyethylene (PE) Pipe and Fittings for Pressure Pipe Service

1. Scope

1. Scope

1.1. This practice describes procedures for making joints with polyethylene (PE) pipe and fittings by means of electrofusion joining techniques in, but not limited to, a field environment. Other suitable electrofusion joining procedures are available from various sources including fitting manufacturers. This standard does not purport to address all possible electrofusion joining procedures, or to preclude the use of qualified procedures developed by other parties that have been proven to produce reliable electrofusion joints. (Note 1)
NOTE 1 -Reference to the manufacturer in this practice is defined as the electrofusion fitting manufacturer.
1.2. The parameters and procedure are applicable only to joining polyethylene pipe and fittings of related polymer chemistry (NOTE 2) which are intended for PE fuel gas pipe per Specification D2513 and PE potable water, sewer and industrial pipe manufactured per Specification F714, Specification D3035, and AWWA C901 and C906.
NOTE 2 - Commercially available materials classified with a thermoplastic pipe material designation code beginning with PE 14, PE 23, PE 24, PE 27, PE 33, PE 34, PE 36, and PE 46, and PE 47 in accordance with ASTM D3350 and F412 are generally acceptable for electrofusion joining using this practice. Consult with the pipe or fitting manufacturer for specific compatibility information.

1.3. Parts that are within the dimensional tolerances given in present ASTM specifications are required to produce sound joints between polyethylene pipe and fittings when using the joining techniques described in this practice.
1.4. 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.
1.5. The text of this practice references notes, footnotes, and appendices which provide explanatory material. These notes and footnotes (excluding those in tables and figures) shall not be considered as requirements of the practice.
1.6. 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 and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
1.7. 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.


electrofusion; polyethylene


Additional questions have been asked in regard to ASTM F1290 and the relationship of this new standard. D2657 Standard Practice for Heat Fusion Joining of Polyolefin Pipe and Fittings and F2620 Standard Practice for Heat Fusion Joining of Polyethylene Pipe and Fittings maintain a very similar relationship as F1290 and this new standard will.

The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.


Developed by Subcommittee: F17.20

Committee: F17

Staff Manager: Kevin Shanahan

Work Item Status

Date Initiated: 11-15-2017

Technical Contact: Ed Cooper

Item: 001

Ballot: F17.20 (19-02)

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Item: 001

Ballot: F17.20 (20-11)

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Item: 001

Ballot: F17.20 (21-05)

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Ballot: F17 (22-01)

Status: Negative Votes Need Resolution