Engineers, contractors, and customers are quickly adopting HDPE pipe and fittings for a wide range of industry applications, including municipal, industrial, energy, geothermal, marine, mining, landfill, HVAC, gas, oil, mining, and agricultural applications.
High-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe is strong, long-lasting, flexible, and light. Due to the seamless nature of the pipe system, HDPE offers a zero-leak rate when fused together. Because it is non-toxic, corrosion and chemical resistant, has a long lifespan, and is suitable for trenchless installation methods, HDPE pipe has a lower environmental impact.
When compared to other pipe materials, HDPE pipe is much easier to handle and install, allowing for significant cost savings and ROI. Because high-density polyethylene is about one-eighth the density of steel, installation does not necessitate the use of heavy lifting equipment. The flexibility of HDPE allows for bending without the need for additional fittings, and it can be easily installed in continuous lengths over uneven terrain.
Because of its seamless capabilities and flexible characteristics, HDPE is particularly well suited for trenchless applications, allowing for a bending radius of 20 to 25 times the pipe's outside diameter. Directional boring, ploughing, river crossings, pipe bursting, and slip lining are all common applications for HDPE. High-density polyethylene pipe systems require fewer fittings and can be welded into seamless, leak-free pipe runs, saving time and money.
HDPE pipe can be heat fused together to form a joint that is as strong as or stronger than the pipe while remaining virtually leak free. Butt fusion and electrofusion are the most common and dependable welding techniques used to join high-density polyethylene pipes, and they provide significant installation advantages over traditional pipe materials.
Unlike traditional pipe materials, HDPE pipe will not rust, corrode, tuberculate, or support biological scale or growth. It also has superior chemical resistance. HDPE outlasts many more expensive piping materials in mining, dredging, and similar applications, and has excellent corrosion resistance to corrosive acids, bases, and salts. HDPE is also resistant to many organic substances because it is unaffected by bacteria and fungi.
As HDPE pipes are smoother than steel, cast iron, ductile iron, or concrete, a smaller diameter HDPE pipe can produce an equivalent volumetric flow rate at the same pressure. At high flow rates, it has less drag and a lower tendency for turbulence. The superior chemical resistance and non-stick surface characteristics of HDPE virtually eliminate scaling and pitting, preserving the pipe system's excellent hydraulic characteristics throughout its service life.