Standard Test Method for Outdoor Weathering Exposure of Crosslinked Polyethylene (PEX) Tubing
|Publication Date:||15 December 2007|
|ICS Code (Plastics pipes):||23.040.20|
This test method describes the procedure for exposing crosslinked polyethylene (PEX) tubing produced in accordance with Specification F 876 to natural (sunlight) ultraviolet (UV) radiation and evaluating the effects of the exposure. This test method outlines the requirements for specimen size and preparation, exposure orientation, minimum UV exposure energy, post exposure testing and reporting.
NOTE 1-While other laboratory UV exposure systems are available, this test method relies on natural sunlight as the UV radiation source. Laboratory methods may be added in the future if testing confirms a correlation between natural sunlight and laboratory exposure.
PEX tubing is not designed for outdoor use. Data from short-term exposure testing per this test method can be used to judge the relative performance of PEX tubing stored outdoors for short periods of time prior to installation completely shielded from sunlight.
The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to inch-pound units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.
The following precautionary caveat pertains only to the test method and post exposure testing portions, Sections 8 and 9 of this test method.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.