Long-Term Hydrostatic Strength and Design of Thermoplastic Piping Compounds

    Volume 8, Issue 9 (October 2011)

    ISSN: 1546-962X

    CODEN: JAIOAD

    Published Online: 9 August 2011

    Page Count: 11


    Boros, Stephen
    Technical Director, Plastics Pipe Institute,

    (Received 11 November 2009; accepted 30 June 2011)

    Abstract

    There has been tremendous growth in the use of thermoplastic piping systems since their introduction more than 50 years ago. They bring a host of benefits in the form of long-term performance and reliability, ease of installation, and not being prone to corrosion and tuberculation. It was clear early on that thermoplastics could not be evaluated in the same way metallic components would be in similar applications. However, over time the understanding of these materials has matured, and as this understanding continues to develop we must not lose sight of the evaluation methodologies used for establishing the long-term hydrostatic strength of these compounds, and how that strength has been successfully used in designing these systems. This paper will give an overview of the basic methodology used to establish the long-term hydrostatic strength of thermoplastic compounds, and how that strength is used for engineering design in a safe and reliable manner.


    Paper ID: JAI102850

    DOI: 10.1520/JAI102850

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    Title Long-Term Hydrostatic Strength and Design of Thermoplastic Piping Compounds
    Symposium Plastic Pipe and Fittings: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, 2009-11-09
    Committee F17