January 2022 Vol. 2

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PPN- The Leading Source of Industry News on Polymer Pipes and Plastic Pipe Testing

Global News on Plastic Piping and Fittings


NEWSMAKERS:  * Borouge * DNV * ExcelPlas * Failure Analysis * Formosa * GF Piping * ISO * PE100 * PPI * PPN * REHAU * Reliance * RWC * Uponor * Wavin

INDUSTRY NEWS

Uponor Announces Departure of Bill Gray as President, North America
https://www.hpacmag.com/heating-plumbing-air-conditioning-general/uponor-announces-departure-of-bill-gray-as-president-north-america-building-solutions/1004133753/
https://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/news/2022/01/11/uponors-president-of-north-america-to-step-away.html

Borouge Lands Big Egypt Wastewater Plant Supply Contract for 2.7 km of 1,600-mm and 2,500 mm HDPE Pipe
http://www.tradearabia.com/news/OGN_391812.html

Borouge to Supply HDPE Pipes to Bahr Al Baqar Wastewater Plant in Eqypt – One of the Largest in the World
https://www.mepmiddleeast.com/news/borouge-krah-misr-bahr-al-baqr

REHAU’s Steve Richmond Appointed President of British Plastics Federation’s Pipes Group
https://www.buildingtalk.com/rehaus-steve-richmond-appointed-president-of-british-plastics-federations-pipes-group/

REHAU to Open Plastic Pipe Manufacturing Plant in Lithuania to Reduce Cost Base
https://www.baltictimes.com/luminor_supports_hili_properties_for_the_acquisition_of_factory_in_lithuania/
https://www.plasteurope.com/news/REHAU_t249331/

GF Piping Experts Are Using Innovative Technology to Solve Water Loss from Fractured Pipes
https://utilitymagazine.com.au/how-experts-are-using-innovative-technology-to-solve-water-loss/

Plastic Pipe Makers May Underperform in Near Term on Omicron Stress
https://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/plastic-pipe-makers-may-underperform-in-near-term-on-omicron-stress-122011300697_1.html

Operator Sue Central Queensland Mine for $1.2 Million for Lifting Heavy Pipes
https://cloud.excelplas.com/s/xslDo3ewjE7UbT6#pdfviewer

Pipe Extrusion and the Effect on Water Management
https://www.plasticstoday.com/extrusion-pipe-profile/extrusion-and-shape-water-management

Simberi Deep-Sea Tailings Pipe Fixed
https://cloud.excelplas.com/s/J5aNPMJwGFctLGl#pdfviewer

Wavin Acquires PE Pipe and Conduit Manufacturing Plant in Hyderabad
https://www.realtynmore.com/wavin-acquires-manufacturing-plant-in-hyderabad/

PVC Pipes Q3 Earnings Preview – Dismal Quarter on The Cards: Reliance Securities
https://www.bloombergquint.com/research-reports/pvc-pipes-q3-earnings-preview-dismal-quarter-on-the-cards-reliance-securities

Companies Race to Stem Flood of Microplastic Fibres into the Oceans | Plastics | The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/dec/30/companies-race-to-stem-flood-of-microplastic-fibres-into-the-oceans

Formosa Faces $2.2M in New Fines for Texas Plastic Pollution
https://www.plasticsnews.com/news/formosa-faces-22m-new-fines-texas-plastic-pollution

DNV Approves Offshore Composite Pipe Capability | Offshore
https://www.offshore-mag.com/pipelines/article/14223442/dnv-approves-offshore-thermoplastic-composite-pipe-capability

LATEST RESEARCH

Mechanical and Processing Enhancement of a Recycled HDPE/PPR-Based Double-Wall Corrugated Pipe via a POE-g-MAH/CaCO3/HDPE Polymer Composite
https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acsomega.1c02354

Raman Imaging of Microplastics and Nanoplastics Generated by Cutting PVC Pipe
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0269749122000719

Fatigue Impacts on HDPE Pipe Material Properties
https://rc.library.uta.edu/uta-ir/bitstream/handle/10106/27221/Dissertation-Marjan-20Shahrokh-20Esfahani.pdf;jsessionid=092AA643E8155DB971D9FB170DEFD1A5?sequence=7

Liquid Temperature Effect on the Hydraulic Shock Wave Velocity in Polyethylene Pipes
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/357733438-Liquid-temperature-effect-on-the-hydraulic-shock-wave-velocity-in-polyethylene-pipes

Transient Flow Behaviour in Pressurized Plastic Pipe-Based Water Supply Systems
https://www.proquest.com/openview/d43c2e36a20b2af3a77359e97cef8148/1?pq-origsite=gscholar&cbl=2044526

Worldwide ISO Round Robin Study On Phased Array Ultrasonic Non-Destructive Test for EF Socket Joints
https://www.pe100plus.com/PPCA/WORLDWIDE-ISO-ROUND-ROBIN-STUDY-ON-PHASED-ARRAY-ULTRASONIC-NON-DESTRUCTIVE-TEST-FOR-ELECTROFUSION-SOCKET-JOINTS-p1746.html

A Methodology to Determine Charpy Impact Strength of Notched Specimens Cut from Plastic Pipes
https://www.pe100plus.com/PPCA/A-METHODOLOGY-TO-DETERMINE-CHARPY-IMPACT-STRENGTH-OF-NOTHCED-SPECIMEN-CUT-FROM-PLASTICS-PIPES-p1786.html

Weatherability of Thermoplastic Piping Systems [PDF]
https://plasticpipe.org/TR-18

JOBS

Iplex Pipelines Seeking Quality Assurance Technician
https://www.seek.com.au/job/55398658?type=standout

PLASTIC PIPE FAILURE ANALYSIS

Failure Analysis of Plastic Pipes
If you are looking for an expert witness for your case involving plastic pipe failure analysis, then you can’t beat the team at ExcelPlas Consulting.  Our team is setting a new standard for excellence in failure analysis of plastic articles but especially plastic pipe.  For plastic pipe, this includes HDPE, PVC & CPVC pipe as well as other plastic piping systems like Hobas GRP pipe, PP-R Pipe, and spoolable composite pipe.  When a plastic pipeline fails to perform as intended, our team can determine the root cause (chemical failure, oxidative failure, creep failure, overstress failure, fatigue failure, design failure, etc).   We are experts in HDPE water pipe failures, CPVC sprinkler pipe failure, PVC pipe failure analysis and PP-R Oxidation/Degradation investigations.
https://www.excelplas.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Excelplas-A4-Brochure-4pp-Plastic-Pipe-Testing-NTs.pdf

ExcelPlas Investigating Poly Pipe Failures
Through failure analysis & forensic chemistry, we help clients improve product performance, increase profits, & resolve product liability claims with plastic pipes and fittings.
We are dedicated to unmatched excellence in failure analysis, investigative chemistry, material testing, and expert witnessing for plastics, polymers and composites.
With over 25 years of investigative experience, the staff at ExcelPlas are uniquely positioned to help clients resolve the most challenging performance and processing issues related to materials and plastic pipes and fittings.
https://www.excelplas.com/contact-us/

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ExcelPlas Labs Pipe Failure Investigations
ExcelPlas Labs have created a new benchmark in failure analysis of HDPE, PP-R, PB and PEX pipes in addition to PVC &  CPVC pipes as well as composite GRP and GRE pipes.  When a plastic pipeline fails to perform as intended, our team can determine the root cause of failure (e.g.  oxidative failure, chemical failure, creep failure, over-stress failure, fatigue failure, design failure, etc).  ExcelPlas are experienced with all plastic piping failure modes and mechanisms including Slow Crack Growth (SCG) Rapid Crack Propagation (RCP), Environmental Stress Crack Resistance (ESCR), Oxidative Stress Cracking (OSC), cyclic fatigue, manufacturing defects, and polymer material problems.
http://www.excelplas.com/

ExcelPlas Strain Hardening Test (SHT) for HDPE Pipes
The SHT in accordance with ISO 18488 is a relatively new, but excellent way to obtain a rapid indication of the Stress Crack Growth (SCG) resistance of your piping material. This tensile test performed at 80°C has become in just a few years the new standard for Batch Release Testing (BRT). And not without reason.  The test requires only a very small amount of material, the results are very reliable with a very low inter-laboratory scatter and the results are available within a few days, regardless of the PE grade. The SHT is usually performed on resin material but it can also be performed on samples taken directly from pipes or sheets. As accredited lab, EXCELPLAS is happy to discuss the possibilities with you, whether it is for BRT, benchmarking, quality control of your (high performing) PE grade or for polymer compliance/ validation.
http://www.excelplas.com/

Australia’s Plastic Pipe Testing Laboratory
ExcelPlas Laboratories provides a comprehensive plastic pipe joint testing service and is equipped with a state-of-the-art laboratory to test a range of polymer materials including polyethylene and polypropylene. ExcelPlas can carry out testing on plastic tube and pipe ranging in wall thickness from 3mm to 1200mm. ExcelPlas Laboratories provide a comprehensive service to Industrial & commercial companies, environmental consultants, Government bodies, and local Authority customers throughout Australia and Asia. All testing is carried and out in accordance with ASTM, ISO & WIS methods and is fully accredited to ISO 17025 by NATA.

  • Butt Fusion Weld Testing
  • Weld Testing
  • Testing of Electro-fusion Welds
  • Tear on saddle joints
  • Crush De-cohesion of Electro-fusion welds
  • Polymer & Plastics Identification
  • Chemical & Thermal Testing
  • Site Audits

http://www.excelplas.com/

ExcelPlas – the Australian Pipes & Fittings Testing Laboratory

  • Accredited to ISO 17025 by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) Australia, and is Australia’s largest laboratory dedicated for the testing of plastic pipes and fittings to various Standards which include Australian, European and International Standards.
  • The staff employed at the laboratory have a combined experience of more than 85 years within the plastics industry specifically with manufacturing, quality control and the research and development of plastic piping systems including HDPE, PEX, PP-R, PVC, U-PVC, M-PVC, O-PVC, ABS, GRP, GRE and PB.
  • Services provided include conformance testing, compliance testing, batch release testing, root cause analysis for field failures and non-destructive testing of samples.
  • http://www.excelplas.com/

ExcelPlas Lab Specialising in HDPE Pipe Condition Monitoring, Failure Analysis and Testing
In the event of a HDPE buttweld or electrofusion weld failing during initial testing, or in service, we can conduct investigations to assist in identifying the root cause of the failure.
This service also extends to the premature failure of the pipe or fitting itself.
http://www.excelplas.com/plastic-pipes

ExcelPlas Pipe Testing is a Leader in the Field of Polyethylene (PE) and High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Testing
ExcelPlas is accredited with the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) for butt weld tests, bend and tensile tests, peel decohesion tests on electro fusion sockets and failure mode determination
http://www.polypipetesting.com.au/butt-fusion-welds/

New UHMWPE Pipe for Tailing Offers Greater Than 4X the Abrasion Resistance of PE100 (Australia wide)
http://slurrypipes.com.au/

ExcelPlas Poly Pipe Weld Inspection Lists Top 7 Causes of Weld Failure:

  • Lack of scraping
  • Inaccurate scraping
  • Contamination from dirt, water, oil or clays
  • Lack of Paralell-ness of fusion faces
  • Misalignment of surfaces
  • Time, temperature and pressure deviations
  • Not adhering to cool times

We have extensive experience in inspection of poly pipe welds for assuring welded joint quality.  Direct Poly Pipe Inspection ensures that operators are following the proven welding procedure; this reduces the occurrences of operational errors which lead to defects such as inclusions, lack of fusion (LoF), porosity and misalignment.
More information, contact john@excelplas.com

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