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ASTM D2737 - 12 Standard Specification for Polyethylene (PE) Plastic Tubing


Source: ASTM International

This specification covers polyethylene (PE) tubing pressure-rated for water. Included here are criteria for classifying PE plastic tubing materials and PE plastic tubing, and requirements and test methods for materials, workmanship, dimensions, bond strength, carbon black, density,.sustained pressure, hydrostatic burst pressure, and environmental stress cracking. Quality-assurance-passed products shall be marked accordingly as specified.

This abstract is a brief summary of the referenced standard. It is informational only and not an official part of the standard; the full text of the standard itself must be referred to for its use and application. ASTM does not give any warranty express or implied or make any representation that the contents of this abstract are accurate, complete or up to date.

1. Scope

1.1 This specification covers polyethylene (PE) plastic tubing in outside diameters and SDR’s that are pressure rated for water. Included are requirements for PE compounds, and requirements and test methods for PE plastic tubing workmanship, dimensions, elevated temperature sustained pressure, burst pressure and marking.

1.2 The text of this specification references notes, footnotes, and appendixes which provide explanatory material. These notes and footnotes shall not be considered as requirements of the specification. Notes and footnotes in tables and figures, and Supplementary Requirements are requirements of the specification.

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.

Note 1—Joining PE plastic tubing with fittings that require flaring the tubing is not recommended because Practice , the technique used to make the flare has been withdrawn (discontinued).

Note 2—References and PE compound descriptions for PE2305, PE2406, PE3306, PE3406, and PE3408 have been removed due to changes in Specification D3350 and PPI TR-3. For removed designations, refer to previous editions of Specification D2737, Specification D3350, PPI TR-3 and PPI TR-4. The removal of these PE compounds does not affect pipelines that are in service. PE compounds and material designations resulting from changes in Specification D3350 and PPI TR-3 are addressed in Section 5.

1.4 The following safety hazards caveat pertains only to the test methods portion, Section 7, of this specification: 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.

2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately)

ASTM Standards
D618 Practice for Conditioning Plastics for Testing
D792 Test Method for Density and Specific Gravity (Relative Density) of Plastics by Displacement
D1238 Test Method for Melt Flow Rates of Thermoplastics by Extrusion Plastometer
D1248 Specification for Polyethylene Plastics Extrusion Materials for Wire and Cable
D1505 Test Method for Density of Plastics by the Density-Gradient Technique
D1598 Test Method for Time-to-Failure of Plastic Pipe Under Constant Internal Pressure
D1599 Test Method for Short-Time Hydraulic Failure Pressure of Plastic Pipe, Tubing, and Fittings
D1600 Terminology for Abbreviated Terms Relating to Plastics
D1603 Test Method for Carbon Black in Olefin Plastics
D2122 Test Method for Determining Dimensions of Thermoplastic Pipe and Fittings
D2837 Test Method for Obtaining Hydrostatic Design Basis for Thermoplastic Pipe Materials
D3140 Practice for Flaring Polyolefin Pipe and Tubing
D3350 Specification for Polyethylene Plastics Pipe and Fittings Materials
F412 Terminology Relating to Plastic Piping Systems

NSF Standard
StandardNo.14 for Plastic Piping Components and Related Materials

Index Terms

CTS; CTS tubing; DR; OD controlled; PE pipe; PE tubing; plastic pipe; plastic tubing; potable water pipe; polyethylene pipe; polyethylene tubing; potable water tubing; service pipe; service tubing; SDR; water pipe; water tubing; water service pipe; water service tubing; Burst requirements; Corrugated polyethylene (PE) tube--specifications; Failure end point--plastics; Polyethylene (PE) tube--specifications; Water supply/distribution systems--specifications

ICS Code

ICS Number Code 23.040.20 (Plastic pipes)

DOI: 10.1520/D2737-12

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