Standard ASTM F1588-96R11
1.1 The constant tensile load joint test (CTLJT) is designed to demonstrate that a joint in a plastic piping system is resistant to the effects of long-term creep.
1.1.1 The joint is subjected to an internal pressure at least equal to its operating pressure and a sustained axial tensile load for a specified time period, usually 1000 h. The joint shall not leak, nor may the pipe completely pull out for the test duration. The total axial stress is set by the referencing document.
1.1.2 Some typical conditions for testing of joints on polyethylene pipe are described in Appendix X1.
1.2 This test is usually performed at 73°F (22.8°C).
1.3 The CTLJT was developed to demonstrate the long-term resistance to pullout of mechanical joints on polyethylene gas pipe. The CTLJT has also been successfully applied to the evaluation of other components of plastic piping systems. These applications are discussed in Appendix X1.
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 and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.