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D4397 Standard Specification for Polyethylene Sheeting for Construction, Industrial, and Agricultural Applications has been revised to D4397-16


This specification covers polyethylene sheeting with a determined thickness intended for construction, industrial and agricultural applications. The sheeting shall be made from polyethylene or modified polyethylene, such as an ethylene copolymer consisting of a major portion of ethylene in combination with a minor portion of some other monomer, or a mixture of polyethylene with a lesser amount of other polymers. General requirements for the material are also observed according to their appearance, dimensions in size and tolerance and minimum net weight. The sheeting may be natural, color-tinted, translucent or opaque. The tests given are intended primarily for use as production tests in conjunction with manufacturing processes and inspection methods to insure conformity of sheeting with the requirements of this specification. These tests shall be done in order to determine the following properties: thickness, length and width, weight, impact resistance, tensile properties, reflectance, luminous transmittance, water vapor transmission, and heat sealability.

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 sheeting, 250 μm (0.010 in. or 10 mils) or less in thickness, intended for construction, industrial, and agricultural applications.

1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard.

1.3 The following precautionary statement pertains only to the test methods portion, Section 8 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.

Note 1: There is no known ISO equivalent to this standard.

2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

ASTM Standards

D618 Practice for Conditioning Plastics for Testing

D882 Test Method for Tensile Properties of Thin Plastic Sheeting

D883 Terminology Relating to Plastics

D1505 Test Method for Density of Plastics by the Density-Gradient Technique

D1709 Test Methods for Impact Resistance of Plastic Film by the Free-Falling Dart Method

D2103 Specification for Polyethylene Film and Sheeting

D3892 Practice for Packaging/Packing of Plastics

D4976 Specification for Polyethylene Plastics Molding and Extrusion Materials

D6988 Guide for Determination of Thickness of Plastic Film Test Specimens

E96/E96M Test Methods for Water Vapor Transmission of Materials

E1347 Test Method for Color and Color-Difference Measurement by Tristimulus Colorimetry

F88Test Method for Seal Strength of Flexible Barrier Materials

Military Standard

MIL-STD-1916 DoD Preferred Methods for Acceptance of Product Available online at

» Code: ASTM D4397 - 16

» Committee: Subcommittee: D20.19

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