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AS 12721974

Australian Standard
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The following scientific, industrial and governmental organizations and departments were officially represented on the committee entrusted with the preparation of this standard: Australian Pump Manufacturers Association Electronics Association Australia National Association of Australian State Road Authorities Petroleum Refinery Engineers Advisory Committee Plastics Institute of Australia Inc. Postmaster-Generals Department

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approved on behalf of the Council of the Standards Association of Australia on 18 February 1974.

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This standard was issued in draft form for public review as DR 72087.

AS 12721974

Australian Standard
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1974

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PUBLISHED BY STANDARDS AUSTRALIA (STANDARDS ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA) 1 THE CRESCENT, HOMEBUSH, NSW 2140
ISBN 0 7262 0329 7

AS 12721974

PREFACE

This standard was prepared under the authority of the Plastics Standards Board and is one of a series relating to PTFE products. It is based on BS 4375:1968, Unsintered PTFE Tape for Thread Sealing Applications, and applies to tape used for thread sealing for use at temperatures up to 250C but the tape may also be used for general engineering applications. Attention is drawn to Clause 7 in which it is pointed out that the tape may not be suitable for use in certain critical applications, e.g. where contact with high concentrates of gaseous or liquid oxygen is involved.

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BS 1752 BS 3245 Laboratory Sintered or Fritted Filters Jointing Compound for use in Liquefied Petroleum Gas Applications and Installations.

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AS 12721974

STANDARDS ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA Australian Standard Specification for UNSINTERED PTFE TAPE FOR THREAD SEALING APPLICATIONS

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(see Clause 7). 2.2 Lubricant. The lubricant used in the manufacture of the tape shall be such that any residue left in the tape will be entirely removed under the conditions of test for the determination of residual lubricant content (see Appendix C).

SCOPE. This specification applies to unsintered PTFE tape of preferred width

3 CONDITIONING OF SAMPLES. Samples for test shall be conditioned for 24 hours at 23 2 C.


NOTES: 1. PTFE undergoes a transit ion duri ng which there is a signifi cant volume change in the material. The majori ty of this change occurs between 19 and 20C. Accessed by UNITED GROUP LIMITED on 03 Sep 2010 2. PTFE does not absorb moisture so no requir ement for control of humidit y is requir ed.

APPEARANCE AND FINISH. The unsintered tape, when viewed by reflected light, shall appear

4.1 Appearance. white.

4.2 Defects. The tape shall be free from obvious inclusions and shall not show any surface or edge defects which may affect its suitability for use.

5 THREAD WRAPPING PROPERTIES. When wrapped in accordance with the method described in Appendix A, the tape shall not break and the finishing end of tape shall remain in position with no tendency to unwind.

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6 THREAD SEALING PROPERTIES. When tested in accordance with the method described in Appendix B, the tape shall form a leak-free seal.

7 RESIDUAL LUBRICANT CONTENT. When tested in accordance with the method described in Appendix C, the residual lubricant content shall not exceed 1.0 percent.
NOTE: For applications involving high concentr ations of gaseous oxygen or li quid oxygen, the lubricant type and content in PTFE thread seali ng tape is cri ti cal. In these cases it is essenti al that the purchaser should refer to the oxygen suppli er to determine if any fi re or explosive risk exists.

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(i) Suppliers name or identification. (ii) The nominal width, thickness and length of the tape.

8 WIDTH AND THICKNESS. The width and thickness of the material measured at 23 2C when determined in accordance with the method described in Appendix D shall comply with the following tolerances on the stated dimensions:

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AS 12721974

APPENDIX A

THREAD WRAPPING TEST

A1 APPARATUS. An approximately 250 mm length of brass pipe of wall thickness not thinner than 2 mm, cut at one end to give an R 1 /4 BSP external taper thread complying with AS B53.

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A2 PROCEDURE. The sample of tape shall be wound round the thread with a 50 percent overlap in the manner indicated in Fig. A1, using sufficient tension for the tape to take up the form of the thread.

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Fig. A1. THR EA D WRA PP ING TES T

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APPENDIX B

THREAD SEALING TEST

B1 TEST ASSEMBLY. An R 1 /4 BSP external taper thread complying with AS B53 shall be cut at one end of a 250 mm length of brass pipe of wall thickness not thinner than 2 mm. A corresponding internal parallel thread to AS B53 shall be cut in a hexagonal brass nut, 25 mm across the flats and 25 mm in length. The threads shall be cleaned. B2has TEST METHOD. To access the current document, please go to This document expired. your on-line service. (a) A joint shall be made using tape wrapped as shown in Fig. A1 on the BSP taper thread. The hexagonal nut shall be tightened on to the wrapped Please note that external material accessed via our on-line subscription services is taper thread using a torque of 17 N.m. not intended for off-line storage, and such storage is contrary to the (b) The joint shall then be tested under water at 15 C with air or nitrogen at 4 MPa. licence under which the service is supplied. (c) The joint shall then be heated to 250 C, maintained at this temperature for 5 min, and then cooled to room temperature by immersion in water. Twelve such temperature cycles shall be carried out.

(d) The hexagonal brass securing nut shall then be fitted, with the pipe held horizontally, to an appliance capable of rotating the assembly (shown in Fig. B1) at 700 20 r/min, about the horizontal axis. (e) A ballrace shall be attached to the end of the pipe so that the distance from the centre of the hexagonal nut to the centre of the ballrace is 250 mm (as shown in Fig. B1). A 1 kg weight shall then be hung freely from the ballrace by means of a spring 50 mm long of approximately 0.6 N/mm rating and the joint subjected to 20 000 revolutions at 700 20 r/min.
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(f) The joint shall then be tested under water at 15 C with air or nitrogen at a test pressure of 3.0 MPa for 5 min.

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Fig. B1. APP AR ATUS FOR THR EA D SEA LING TES T

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APPENDIX C

METHOD FOR THE DETERMINATION OF RESIDUAL LUBRICANT CONTENT

C1 OUTLINE OF METHOD. The residual lubricant is determined by the loss in mass of a sample after extraction with petroleum spirit and subsequent heating at 300C. C2 REAGENT. Petroleum spirit (boiling range 40 - 60 C).

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(34 mm 100 mm) fitted with a fritted glass plate with maximum pore diameter within the range 90 - 150 m as specified in BS 1752. Maintained at a temperature of 300 5 C. (b) Hot air oven. C4 C4.1

PROCEDURE Extraction.

(a) The fritted glass plate extraction thimble shall be cleaned, dried and weighed. (b) The external layer or wrapping is excluded from the test. Approximately 5 g of tape shall then be cut from the remainder of the sample, inserted into the extraction thimble and weighed to the nearest mg.
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(c) 300 - 400 ml of petroleum spirit shall be poured into the extraction flask and the sample subjected to at least 60 extractions during a continuous period of not less than 4 h. (d) After the extraction is completed, the timble shall be removed from the apparatus and dried in an air circulating oven maintained at 110 5C. C4.2 Heating. The sample shall be transferred to a tared crucible, and placed in the oven at 300 5C for 6 h. After this period the crucible shall be removed from the oven, cooled in a desiccator and reweighed. C5 EXPRESSION OF RESULTS. The total loss in mass due to both the solvent extraction and the ignition shall be taken as the residual lubricant content.

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APPENDIX D

METHOD FOR THE DETERMINATION OF WIDTH AND THICKNESS

D1 WIDTH. The width of the tape shall be measured by any convenient method to an accuracy of 0.03 mm.

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D2 THICKNESS. Readings shall be taken with a micrometer gauge reading to 0.0025 mm. The foot of the micrometer shall be not less than 6.3 mm in diameter and loaded to give a pressure of 10 to 20 kPa on the tape. At least three readings of thickness shall be made, one each at points not less than 300 mm apart along the length of the tape. The arithmetic mean of these results shall be recorded as the thickness.

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