There are many industry standards being used and referenced, some have been replaced. The more widely used standards are issued and maintained by ASTM International and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Other standards writing organizations for composites include American Water Works Association (AWWA) and American Petroleum Institute (API).
One of the earliest standards was the National Bureau of Standards PS 15-69. This voluntary standard had an effective date of November 15, 1969 and is no longer published but is frequently referenced. This standard covered tanks, piping, and ductwork and other standards have been developed since that cover construction of these components.
All standards address the basic issues of scope of applicability, design, materials, construction, quality control, testing and record keeping. The following lists the current standards and their applicability.
- ASTM 3299 – Above Ground Vertical tanks of Filament Wound Construction
- ASTM 4097 – Above Ground Vertical tanks of Contact Molded Construction
- ASTM 2996 – Filament Wound pipe
- ASTM 3982 – Contact Molded Duct and Hoods
- ASTM 4024 – Reinforced Thermosetting Plastic (RTP) Flanges
- ASTM D2583 – Barcol hardness for composites
- ASTM D790 – Test Method Flexural Strength and Modulus
- ASTM D638 – Test Method for Tensile Properties
- ASTM C582 – Specification for Contact-Molded Reinforced Thermosetting Plastic
- ASME X – Code Stamped FRP pressure vessels (Boiler and pressure vessel jurisdiction)
- ASME RTP-1 – ASME Stamped vessels for up to 15 psig and full vacuum
- API 652 – Lining of Aboveground Petroleum Storage Tanks
- AWWA M45 – Fiberglass Pipe Design