AS 1049.2:2022


Telecommunication cables – Insulation, sheath and jacket, Part 2: Test methods

Published by Standards Australia, 05/06/2022


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AS 1049.2, 2nd, 2022 – Telecommunication cables – Insulation, sheath and jacket, Part 2: Test methods

AS 1049.2 was prepared by the Australian members of the Joint Standards Australia/Standards New Zealand Committee CT-001, Communications Cabling, to supersede AS 1049.2—2008.
The objective of this document is to specify test methods to evaluate the properties of materials used to manufacture telecommunication cables. This document is intended for use by polymer manufacturers, communication cable manufacturers and end-users.

AS 1049 is divided in two parts, as follows:

AS 1049.1, Telecommunication cables — Insulation, sheath and jacket, Part 1: Materials

AS 1049.2, Telecommunication cables — Insulation, sheath and jacket Part 2: Test methods (this document)
Part 1 specifies the material requirements for the insulation, sheath and jacket of the finished products and some of the compounds used to manufacture telecommunication cables.
Part 2 provides a set of reference test methods for evaluating these material requirements.

The major changes in this edition are as follows:

(a) Removal of Appendix C Test method 3: Softness number.

(b) Correction of the ASTM G155 weatherometer apparatus types in Appendix E.

(c) Addition of thermogravimetric analysis as per IEC 60811-605 as an alternative test method for the determination of the carbon black concentration in Appendix R.

(d) Apparatus changed from as specified in AS/NZS 2122.2 to as specified in ISO 4589-2 for the combustion test in Appendix DD.

(e) Update of reference designation from AS/NZS 1660.5.4 to AS/NZS IEC 60754.2 for the acidity of gases evolved during combustion test in Appendix EE.

(f) General update to meet the requirements of Standards Australia drafting rules, including dividing test methods into consistent subclauses (where appropriate) and the addition of the test report subclause where previously missing.

The terms “normative” and “informative” are used in Standards to define the application of the appendices or annexes to which they apply. A “normative” appendix or annex is an integral part of a Standard, whereas an “informative” appendix or annex is only for information and guidance.

General Product Information:

Committee CT-001
Purchase Note All current amendments available at time of purchase are included with the purchase of this document
Document Type PDF
ISBN 978 1 76113 723 5
Pages 105
Document Language English
Publisher Standards Australia
Status Current


Table of cotents

1 Scope and general
1.1 Scope
1.2 Application
1.3 Normative references
1.4 Terms and definitions
1.5 Abbreviations
2 Summary of material tests
Appendix A
A.1 Principle
A.2 Reagents
A.2.1 Method A — Immersion method
A.2.2 Method B — Liquid pycnometer method
A.2.3 Method C — Titration method
A.3 Apparatus
A.3.1 Method A — Immersion method
A.3.2 Method B — Liquid pycnometer method
A.3.3 Method C — Titration method
A.4 Test specimen
A.4.1 Selection
A.4.1.1 Method A — Immersion method
A.4.1.2 Method B — Liquid pycnometer method
A.4.1.3 Method C — Titration method
A.4.2 Preparation
A.4.2.1 Method A — Immersion method
A.4.2.2 Method B — Liquid pycnometer method
A.4.2.3 Method C — Titration method
A.5 Procedure
A.6 Expression of results
A.6.1 Density calculation
A.6.1.1 Method A — Immersion method
A.6.1.2 Method B — Liquid pycnometer method
A.6.1.3 Method C — Titration method
A.6.2 Correction for PE containing carbon black
A.7 Test report
Appendix B
B.1 Principle
B.2 Apparatus
B.3 Test specimen
B.4 Procedure
B.5 Expression of results
B.6 Test report
Appendix C
Appendix D
D.1 Principle
D.2 Apparatus
D.3 Test specimen
D.3.1 Selection
D.3.2 Preparation
D.3.2.1 Insulation
D.3.2.2 Sheath or jacket
D.4 Procedure
D.5 Expression of results
D.6 Test report
Appendix E
E.1 Principle
E.2 Apparatus
E.3 Test specimens
E.3.1 Selection
E.3.2 Preparation
E.3.2.1 Sheath or jacket
E.3.2.2 Insulation
E.3.3 Air oven ageing
E.3.4 Weatherometer ageing
E.3.5 Conditioning
E.4 Procedure
E.5 Expression of results
E.6 Test report
Appendix F
F.1 Principle
F.2 Apparatus
F.3 Test specimen
F.3.1 Selection
F.3.2 Preparation
F.4 Procedure
F.4.1 Insulation
F.4.2 Sheath
F.5 Expression of results
F.6 Test report
Appendix G
G.1 Principle
G.2 Apparatus
G.3 Test specimen
G.3.1 Selection
G.3.2 Preparation
G.4 Procedure
G.5 Expression of results
G.6 Test report
Appendix H
H.1 Principle
H.2 Apparatus
H.3 Test specimen
H.3.1 Insulation
H.3.2 Sheath or jacket
H.4 Procedure
H.5 Expression of results
H.6 Test report
Appendix I
I.1 Principle
I.2 Apparatus
I.3 Test specimen
I.3.1 Selection
I.3.2 Preparation
I.3.3 Conditioning
I.4 Procedure
I.5 Expression of results
I.6 Test report
Appendix J
J.1 Principle
J.2 Apparatus
J.3 Test specimen
J.3.1 Insulation
J.3.2 Sheath or jacket
J.4 Procedure
J.4.1 Insulation
J.4.2 Sheath
J.4.2.1 Cables up to 12.5 mm in diameter
J.4.2.2 Cables over 12.5 mm in diameter
J.5 Expression of results
J.6 Test report
Appendix K
K.1 Principle
K.2 Apparatus
K.3 Test specimen
K.3.1 Selection
K.3.1.1 Insulation
K.3.1.2 Sheath or jacket
K.3.2 Preparation
K.3.2.1 Insulation
K.3.2.2 Sheath or jacket
K.3.3 Conditioning
K.4 Procedure
K.4.1 Insulation
K.4.2 Sheath or jacket
K.5 Expression of results
K.6 Test report
Appendix L
L.1 Principle
L.2 Reagent
L.3 Apparatus
L.4 Test specimen
L.4.1 Selection
L.4.2 Preparation
L.4.3 Conditioning
L.5 Procedure
L.6 Expression of results
L.7 Test report
Appendix M
M.1 Principle
M.2 Reagents
M.3 Apparatus
M.4 Test specimen
M.4.1 Selection
M.4.2 Conditioning
M.4.3 Ageing
M.4.4 Preparation
M.5 Procedure
M.6 Expression of results
M.7 Test report
Appendix N
N.1 Principle
N.2 Apparatus
N.3 Test specimen
N.3.1 Selection
N.3.2 Conditioning
N.4 Procedure
N.5 Expression of results
N.6 Test report
Appendix O
O.1 Principle
O.2 Apparatus
O.3 Test specimen
O.3.1 Selection
O.3.2 Conditioning
O.3.3 Preparation
O.4 Procedure
O.5 Expression of results
O.6 Test report
Appendix P
P.1 Principle
P.2 Apparatus
P.3 Test specimen
P.3.1 Selection
P.3.2 Conditioning
P.4 Procedure
P.5 Expression of results
P.6 Test report
Appendix Q
Q.1 Principle
Q.2 Apparatus
Q.3 Test specimen
Q.3.1 Selection
Q.3.1.1 Insulation
Q.3.1.2 Sheath or jacket
Q.3.2 Preparation
Q.3.2.1 Insulation
Q.3.2.2 Sheath or jacket
Q.4 Procedure
Q.5 Expression of results
Q.6 Test report
Appendix R
R.1 Principle
R.2 Reagents
R.2.1 Direct combustion method
R.2.2 Thermogravimetric analysis method
R.3 Apparatus
R.3.1 Direct combustion method
R.3.2 Thermogravimetric analysis method
R.4 Test specimen
R.4.1 Direct combustion method
R.4.2 Thermogravimetric analysis method
R.5 Procedure
R.5.1 Direct combustion method
R.5.2 Thermogravimetric analysis method
R.6 Expression of results
R.6.1 Direct combustion method
R.6.2 Thermogravimetric analysis method
R.7 Test report
Appendix S
S.1 Principle
S.2 Apparatus
S.3 Test specimen
S.3.1 Selection
S.3.2 Preparation
S.4 Procedure
S.5 Expression of results
S.6 Test report
Appendix T
T.1 Principle
T.2 Apparatus
T.3 Test specimen
T.3.1 Selection
T.3.2 Preparation
T.4 Procedure
T.5 Expression of results
T.6 Test report
Appendix U
U.1 Principle
U.2 Apparatus
U.3 Test specimen
U.3.1 Insulation
U.3.2 Sheath or jacket
U.4 Procedure
U.5 Expression of results
U.6 Test report
Appendix V
V.1 Principle
V.2 Apparatus
V.3 Test specimen
V.4 Procedure
V.5 Expression of results
V.6 Test report
Appendix W
W.1 Principle
W.2 Apparatus
W.3 Test specimen
W.3.1 Selection
W.3.2 Preparation
W.4 Procedure
W.5 Expression of results
W.6 Test report
Appendix X
X.1 Principle
X.2 Apparatus
X.3 Test specimen
X.3.1 Selection
X.3.1.1 Insulation
X.3.1.2 Sheath or jacket
X.3.2 Preparation
X.3.2.1 Insulation
X.3.2.2 Sheath or jacket
X.4 Procedure
X.5 Expression of results
X.6 Test report
Appendix Y
Y.1 Principle
Y.2 Apparatus
Y.3 Test specimen
Y.3.1 Selection
Y.3.2 Preparation
Y.4 Procedure
Y.5 Expression of results
Y.6 Test report
Appendix Z
Z.1 Principle
Z.2 Apparatus
Z.3 Test specimen
Z.3.1 Selection
Z.3.2 Preparation
Z.4 Procedure
Z.5 Expression of results
Z.6 Test report
Appendix AA
AA.1 Principle
AA.2 Apparatus
AA.3 Test specimen
AA.3.1 Selection
AA.3.2 Preparation
AA.4 Procedure
AA.5 Expression of results
AA.6 Test report
Appendix BB
BB.1 Principle
BB.2 Apparatus
BB.3 Test specimen
BB.4 Procedure
BB.5 Expression of results
BB.6 Test report
Appendix CC
CC.1 Principle
CC.2 Reagent
CC.3 Apparatus
CC.4 Test specimen
CC.4.1 Selection
CC.4.2 Preparation
CC.4.3 Conditioning
CC.5 Procedure
CC.6 Expression of results
CC.7 Test report
Appendix DD
DD.1 Principle
DD.2 Apparatus
DD.3 Test specimen
DD.3.1 Selection and preparation
DD.3.1.1 Insulation
DD.3.1.2 Sheath or jacket
DD.3.2 Conditioning
DD.4 Procedure
DD.5 Expression of results
DD.6 Test report
Appendix EE
EE.1 Principle
EE.2 Apparatus
EE.3 Test specimen
EE.3.1 Selection
EE.3.2 Preparation and conditioning
EE.4 Procedure
EE.5 Expression of results
EE.6 Test report
Appendix FF
FF.1 Principle
FF.2 Reagents
FF.2.1 Oxidation Induction Time (OIT) test method
FF.2.2 Environmental ageing test method
FF.3 Apparatus
FF.3.1 Oxidation Induction Time (OIT) test method
FF.3.2 Environmental ageing test method
FF.4 Test specimen
FF.4.1 Selection
FF.4.2 Preparation and conditioning
FF.4.2.1 Oxidation Induction Time (OIT) test method
FF.4.2.2 Environmental ageing test method
FF.5 Procedure
FF.5.1 Oxidation Induction Time (OIT) test method
FF.5.2 Environmental ageing test method
FF.6 Expression of results
FF.6.1 Oxidation Induction Time (OIT) test method
FF.6.1.1 Environmental ageing test method
FF.7 Test report
FF.8 Acknowledgements
Appendix GG
GG.1 Principle
GG.2 Apparatus
GG.3 Specimen
GG.3.1 PE compound
GG.3.2 Cable
GG.4 Procedure
GG.4.1 Preparation of crepe
GG.4.2 Preparation of plaque
GG.4.3 Checking the plaque
Appendix HH
HH.1 Principle
HH.2 Apparatus
HH.3 Specimen
HH.4 Procedure
HH.4.1 Apparatus preparation
HH.4.2 PVC plaque preparation