STP1528

    A Brief History of the Development and Growth of the Corrugated Polyethylene Pipe Industry in North America

    Published: Jan 2011


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    Abstract

    From 1966 to 2009, the corrugated polyethylene pipe industry has grown from its first introduction to greater than a $2.5 × 109 industry in North America and from 4 in. (100 mm) only to a product diameter range of 2 in. (50 mm) through 60 in. (1500 mm). Markets have changed and grown as well, from predominantly agricultural drainage applications to housing, commercial development, transportation, mining, industry, forestry, storm sewer, sanitary sewer, turf drainage, and stormwater treatment. Increases in diameters and expansion of markets have led to corresponding changes in manufacturing processes and development of appropriate standards and specifications.

    Keywords:

    pipe, polyethylene, corrugated pipe, corrugated polyethylene pipe, culvert, storm sewer, land drainage, pipe history, pipe testing, pipe specifications


    Author Information:

    Goddard, James B.
    LLC, Powell, OH


    Paper ID: STP49501S

    Committee/Subcommittee: F17.67

    DOI: 10.1520/STP49501S


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