October 2020 Vol. 3

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

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NEWSMAKERS: * Aliaxis * Bechtel * COUTA * Geberit * ExcelPlas * Iplex * QENOS * PEX * Plasson * PPN * Reece * Uponor * VINIDEX

INDUSTRY NEWS

Plastic Piping Company Georg Fischer Ranks 9th in Wall Street Journal Top 100 List
https://www.news-star.com/story/news/2020/10/14/georg-fischer-ranks-9-wall-street-journal-top-100-list/3658650001/

Plasson Exploring the Benefits of HDPE Pipe as the Industry Evolves (Special Feature)
Iris Jancik, Vice President of Business Development and Sales at Plasson USA Explains the Benefits of New HDPE Pipe
https://www.estormwater.com/pipe-hdpe/pipe-progression

Geberit says Material Selection is Critical When Designing a Building’s Supply Piping System (Special Feature)
Antony Corbett, Product Manager for Supply Piping Systems at Geberit, takes a look at the challenges facing building services engineers during the material selection process.  Antony examines why multi-layered piping is proving to be a popular choice for the supply of heating and potable water.
https://modbs.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/19409/Multiple_choices_in_a_material_world.html

PPN Offering Poly Pipes Market Intelligence Reports Using Augmented Analytics (NEW)
Report rich with competitor and customer data on your specific products and/or services 💼
https://www.excelplas.com/contact-us/

Uponor to Publishes January-September 2020 Interim Report on 28 October 2020
https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2020/10/19/2110155/0/en/Uponor-publishes-January-September-2020-interim-report-on-28-October-2020.html

Uponor Study finds Healthy Buildings not Achievable Without Industry-Wide Change
James Griffiths, Project Development Director at Uponor, said: “Uponor has a lot of experience supplying water systems for high-rise residential facilities
https://www.showhouse.co.uk/news/study-healthy-buildings-not-achievable-without-industry-wide-change/

Bechtel Names HDPE Pipe Specialist John Minichiello as New Technical Fellow
John Minichiello is a technical leader for the Plant Design & Piping Engineering group at Bechtel’s Nuclear, Security and Environmental business unit
John has been leading development of complete rules for using high-density polyethylene material for buried piping
https://www.thecentralvirginian.com/news/state/bechtel-names-new-technical-fellows/article_3eb3e5ff-f358-5de9-95fa-1ef44fa180af.html

Reece Plumbing Pre-Commits to Large Warehouse in and Owned by Melbourne Airport
http://cloud.excelplas.com/s/lOmzpo45WQYsksH#pdfviewer​
https://www.realestatesource.com.au/reece-pre-commits-to-warehouse-in-and-owned-by-melbourne-airport/

Reece (ASX:REH) Shares are Streaming Higher – is the Plumbing Powerhouse a Buy?
https://www.raskmedia.com.au/2020/09/23/reece-asxreh-shares-are-streaming-higher-is-the-plumbing-powerhouse-a-buy/

NEW PATENTS

Qenos Patents PE100 Nanocomposites for Pressure Pipe Applications
https://www.freepatentsonline.com/10800907.pdf

PRESENTATIONS

SafeGuard System for Hydrostatic Testing of PEX Pressure Pipes
Presenter: Gavin Shaw from The Couta Group
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUjlxddvHV0&feature=youtu.be

FAILURE ANALYSIS

Polymer Materials Aspects Associated with the Addition of Hydrogen into an Existing Natural Gas Distribution Network
The test programme looked at the assessment of possible hydrogen absorption/desorption on polyethylene pipes and fittings and its effect on electrofusion jointing.
However the polyethylene pipework squeeze-off and electrofusion welding were not affected by hydrogen.
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0360319920334819

Failure Analysis and Design of Grouted Fibre-Composite Repair System for Corroded Steel Pipes
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S135063072031503X

Performance of Nano-Filler Reinforced Composite Overwrap System to Repair Damaged Pipelines Subjected to Quasi-static and Impact Loading
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11668-020-01013-6

JOBS

Iplex Pipelines is seeking a Sustainability Manager to support its business lead and execute on its sustainability strategic priority
https://www.pipeliner.com.au/jobs/sustainability-manager/

Aliaxis – Vinidex Seeking Senior Customer Service Officer
https://www.seek.com.au/job/50768015?type=standout

Seeking Plastic Fabricator / Polywelder for PE Pipes
https://www.seek.com.au/job/50724473?type=standard

PIPE TESTING

Assessing Remaining Service Life of Polyolefin Pipes (HDPE, PEX, PP-R, PB) (How Long Will My Pipes Last?)
ExcelPlas has developed Protocol for Determining the Remaining Service Life of In-Service HDPE Pipelines
The 5 step protocol is based on lab testing to measure the following:

  1. The oxidative induction time (OIT) profiling to assess whether or not oxidation protection is still afforded by the additives.
  2. Measure the carbonyl index (CI) to assess extent of any polymer oxidation that has occurred.
  3. Determine the critical CI at which oxidative stress cracking (OSC) is initiated.
  4. Measure oxidative stress cracking resistance (OSCR) to determine the time until OSC is initiated.
  5. Measure the depth of micro cracking on 180 degree bent coupons by Scanning Electron Microscopy

https://www.excelplas.com/

ExcelPlas Labs for Polymer Pipe Testing Times
https://www.excelplas.com/

PPN Now Reaching Over 10,000 Readers in the Plastic Pipe Industry Worldwide (Free Subscriptions)
https://www.polypipenews.com.au/


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/

Australian 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 3 mm to 80 mm. ExcelPlas Laboratories provide a comprehensive service to Industrial & commercial companies, environmental consultants, Government bodies and local Authority customers throughout Australia & NZ. All testing is carried and out in accordance with ISO & ASTM methods and is fully accredited to ISO 17025 by NATA.
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 20mm 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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This Newsletter is brought to you by Excelplas Labs, Australia’s Largest group of Poly Pipe Testing Labs.

Pipe Poly News (PPN) is now Australia’s most current and comprehensive source of news on Polyethylene pipes and Poly Pipe Welding;

Poly Pipe News is now sent to over 4500 Poly Pipe Industry Members every week.

Any news requests should be sent to john@excelplas.com
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2020 Copyright ExcelPlas Labs

October 2020 Vol. 2

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

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NEWSMAKERS: * Aliaxis * British Plastic Federation * Chevron Phillips * ExcelPlas * Exxon Mobil * LyondellBasell * McElroy * OCSiAl * PEX * PPN * Plasson * TUBI * VINIDEX

INDUSTRY NEWS

Exxon Mobil Cuts 1600 Jobs Across Europe (Breaking News)
https://industryeurope.com/sectors/energy-utilities/exxonmobil-to-axe-1600-jobs-in-europe/

China Initiates Anti-dumping Investigation into US-made PVC – US, Taiwan, Japan Import Sources
https://www.plasteurope.com/news/PVC_t246007/

100% Recycled Content Polyethylene Pressure Pipes Could Soon to be Reality
Upon certification, Chevron Phillips Chemical intends to market its new circular polyethylene range under the trade name Marlex® Anew™ Circular Polyethylene.
https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/news/2020/10/chevron-phillips-chemicals-new-success-in-advanced-recycling-technology

LyondellBasell and Sasol form Integrated Polyethylene Joint Venture
https://www.lyondellbasell.com/en/news-events/corporate–financial-news/lyondellbasell-and-sasol-form-integrated-polyethylene-joint-venture/

McElroy New Datalogger Brings Efficiency and Added Value to HDPE Pipe Fusion
https://press.mcelroy.com/mcelroy-datalogger-7-brings-added-value-efficiency-to-fti-fusion-operation/

TUBI Publishes Annual Report
https://hotcopper.com.au/documentembed?id=uOMxKKzFkiWRTLKhOROKAxjvSDYL4Qu/zBnwv4V7+rFiGug=

TUBI Presentation ON ON-SITE HDPE PIPE MANUFACTURE
https://www.listcorp.com/asx/2be/tubi-limited/news/tubi-update-september-2020-2373437.html

PPN Offering Poly Pipes Market Intelligence Reports Using Augmented Analytics (NEW)
Report rich with competitor and customer data on your specific products and/or services 💼
https://www.excelplas.com/contact-us/

FAILURE ANALYSIS

Classifying Formulations and Tracking Accelerated Aging of Crosslinked Polyethylene (PEX) Pipes by Using Infrared Spectra
http://cloud.excelplas.com/s/CEuLo8mslJIFzbt#pdfviewer​

Experimental and Simulation Investigation on Failure Mechanism of a Polyethylene Elbow Liner Used in an Oilfield Environment
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11668-020-01030-5

Permeation Damage of Polymer Liner in Oil and Gas Pipelines: A Review
https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/12/10/2307/pdf

Forensic Analysis of Oxidation Embrittlement in Failed HDPE Potable Water Pipes
Of particular emphasis is the study of premature polyethylene pipe failure in the presence of common water disinfectants such as chlorine (hypochlorite), chlorine dioxide and chloramines.
Evaluation of PE100 RC (Resistant to Crack), PE100 DCR (Dioxide Chlorine Resistant), PE100 FLEX (High Flexibility) pipes in chlorinated oxidizing environments.
Expert Witness support for plastic pipe materials and poly pipe failures. We also support technical due diligence, design reviews, manufacturing faults and failure.
Underestimation of the importance of QC and QA processes is one of the major factors leading to internal and external poly pipe failure.
https://www.excelplas.com/products-tested/polymer-testing/

GRAPHENE

Smarter Pipes of the Future: OCSiAl Opens its First Graphene Nanotube R&D Centre in Europe
https://ocsial.com/news/smarter-materials-and-cars-of-the-future-ocsial-opens-its-first-graphene-nanotube-r-and-d-center-in-europe/
http://www.jeccomposites.com/knowledge/international-composites-news/ocsial-opens-its-first-graphene-nanotube-rd-center-europe

NEW RESEARCH

Mechanical, Thermal and Physico-Chemical Behaviour of Virgin and Hydrothermally Aged Polymeric Pipes
https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0892705720962167

Effects of Cyclic Mechanical Loads and Thermal Ageing on District Heating Pipes
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0141391020303153

Effects of Ethylene‐Octene Copolymer (POE) on the Brittle to Ductile Transition of HDPE/POE Blends
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/pen.25532

Scientists Warn Toxic Chromium Could Form in Drinking Water Pipes
https://scitechdaily.com/scientist-warn-toxic-chromium-could-form-in-drinking-water-pipes/

Maximizing The Benefits Of Plastic Pipe Prefabrication And Engineering
http://cloud.excelplas.com/s/UBbp2ocepbXFLjN#pdfviewer

CIRCULAR ECONOMY

Chevron Phillips Chemicals Announces Success in Advanced Recycling Technology of Polyethylene
https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/news/2020/10/chevron-phillips-chemicals-new-success-in-advanced-recycling-technology

Chevron Phillips Chemical Marks ‘Huge Step’ in Plastic Recycling
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/energy/article/Chevron-Phillips-Chemical-marks-huge-step-15631090.php

CONFERENCES

Carbon Black World 2020 Has Been Postponed Until 2021 Due to COVID-19 Concerns
https://www.carbonblackworld.com/carbon-black-world

TRAINING

Electrofusion HDPE Pipe Joining Welding Method and Underground Pipe Installation Procedure
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3n3oBrXWKyk

JOBS

Aliaxis Seeking New Business Development Manager
https://be.linkedin.com/jobs/view/new-business-development-manager-at-aliaxis-2197625472?refId=90789ac4-d112-432d-ae92-89e3eec99ffb&position-12&pageNum-0&trk=public-jobs-job-result-card-result-card-full-click

Iplex Pipelines Seeking Sustainability Manager
https://www.seek.com.au/job/50688749?type=standout

QENOS Seeking Technical Development Specialist in Polyethylene
https://grabjobs.co/australia/job/full-time/manufacturing/technical-development-specialist-418395?utm_source=linkedInXML

Operator Wanted for HDPE Pipe Extrusion in Perth
Our client is now a global leader for customized on-site manufacture of superior performance High-Density Polyethylene (HD PE100) pipe systems. 
https://www.seek.com.au/job/50700363?type=standard

Comprehensive News Portal on the Global Poly Pipe Industry 
https://www.polypipenews.com.au/


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/

Australian 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 3 mm to 80 mm. ExcelPlas Laboratories provide a comprehensive service to Industrial & commercial companies, environmental consultants, Government bodies and local Authority customers throughout Australia & NZ. All testing is carried and out in accordance with ISO & ASTM methods and is fully accredited to ISO 17025 by NATA.
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 20mm 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

Get Your HDPE Pipe Products or Services Noticed – Advertise in Poly Pipe News (PPN) Australia
https://www.polypipenews.com.au/advertise/

This Newsletter is brought to you by Excelplas Labs, Australia’s Largest group of Poly Pipe Testing Labs.

Pipe Poly News (PPN) is now Australia’s most current and comprehensive source of news on Polyethylene pipes and Poly Pipe Welding;

Poly Pipe News is now sent to over 4500 Poly Pipe Industry Members every week.

Any news requests should be sent to john@excelplas.com
To subscribe, visit https://www.polypipenews.com.au/subscribe/

2020 Copyright ExcelPlas Labs

October 2020 Vol. 1

Download PDF

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

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NEWSMAKERS: * Aliaxis * British Plastic Federation * Chevron Phillips * CIPP * ExcelPlas * ISCO * PPI * PPN * PVC-O * SA Water * VINIDEX

INDUSTRY NEWS

Aliaxis Publishes 2020 Half-Year Results with Net profit of €163.3 million, up 44.1%
https://aliaxis.com/2020-hyr/

Using Rapid Crack Propagation Data to Design Polyethylene Gas Distribution Systems in the USA [PDF]
by ISCO Industries & Chevron Phillips Chemical Co.,
http://www.plasticpipesconference.com/content/235/272/5c86661046966.pdf

British Plastic Federation Issues Guide on ‘Butt Fusion Jointing of Polyethylene Pressure Pipes’ [PDF] (Just Released)
https://www.bpfpipesgroup.com/media/36119/Butt-fusion-jointing-of-polyethylene-pressure-pipes.pdf

PPI Issues ‘Electrofusion User Guide for Field Joining of Polyethylene Gas Piping’ [PDF] (Just Released)
https://plasticpipe.org/pdf/tr-49-2020.pdf

Chinese Patent Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic Electrofusion Fitting (EF) and a Self-monitoring Method of Strain
https://patents.google.com/patent/US20200276771A1/en

SA WATER APPROVES FOLLOWING PE100 PIPES: Australian Custom Pipes ,  Cromford Pipe , David Moss Group, DM Plastic Enviropipe, Iplex, Poly Pipe, Vinidex, Zezt, Advanced Piping Systems
https://www.sawater.com.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/68075/TS-0503-Authorised-Products-Water-Systems.pdf

SA WATER APPROVES FOLLOWING EF FITTINGS Fusion Group (Fusamatic), Georg Fischer, Nupigeco SpA (EloFIT), Plasson (Smartfuse), Rollmaplast, Vinidex (Frialen), Advanced Piping Systems (Plastitalia)
https://www.sawater.com.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/68075/TS-0503-Authorised-Products-Water-Systems.pdf

Large HDPE Pipes Installed as Part of Frimley Water Infrastructure Project
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/water/news/article.cfm?c_id=362&objectid=12369636

PLASTIC PIPES IN INFRASTRUCTURE (27-28 OCTOBER 2020)
https://www.ami.international/events/event?Code=C1052

PPI Puts Bounty on Exhumed HDPE Conduit
As part of an ongoing research project to demonstrate its longevity
https://www.eppm.com/materials/ppi-puts-bounty-on-exhumed-hdpe-conduit/

Rottnest Directional Drilling Project Continues to Install New DN180 mm HDPE PN16 Brine Pipeline
https://www.trenchless-australasia.com/2020/09/30/rottnest-directional-drilling-project-continues/

Plastics Pipe Institute Introduces New Guides for Gas Piping
https://www.eppm.com/industry-news/plastics-pipe-institute-introduces-new-guides-for-gas-piping/

Pushing the Limits with PVC-O Pipes
http://cloud.excelplas.com/s/u8oPkdpK0uqiPbl#pdfviewer​

EIGHTY YEAR HISTORY OF PVC PIPES
http://cloud.excelplas.com/s/V8oyPs1XQ1AtZ9z#pdfviewer​

NEW RESEARCH

Electro Scan Finds Defective Cured-In-Place Pipe (CIPP) Under Landfill That May Leak Harmful Leachate Into Groundwater
https://www.wfmj.com/story/42668765/electro-scan-finds-defective-cured-in-place-pipe-cipp-under-landfill-that-may-leak-harmful-leachate-into-groundwater

Experimental Study on the Fatigue Crack Growth and Overload Effect in Medium Density Polyethylene
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11665-020-05128-7

Unchartered Waters: the Unintended Impacts of Residual Chlorine on Water Quality and Biofilms
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41522-020-00144-w

Biofilm Growth on PVC and HDPE Pipes Impacts Chlorine Stability in the Recycled Water
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2213343720308253

Analysing Causes of Poly Pipe Failure
If you want to assess the current condition and predict future conditions of these pipes, one key element is to know the important factors contributing to their failures – and how do those factors play out in the real world.  Identifying risk factors for pipe failure such as temperature, cyclic pressure, copper ions, chlorine, free-radicals and other impact factors.
ExcelPlas polymer researchers investigate the most common factors in polymer pipe failure and cracking.
https://www.excelplas.com/

UPCOMING WEBINARS

Installation of PVC Water and Sewer Piping Systems (October 21, 2020)
https://www.uni-bell.org/Events/Educational-Webinars

More Poly Pipe News
https://www.polypipenews.com.au/


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/

Australian 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 3 mm to 80 mm. ExcelPlas Laboratories provide a comprehensive service to Industrial & commercial companies, environmental consultants, Government bodies and local Authority customers throughout Australia & NZ. All testing is carried and out in accordance with ISO & ASTM methods and is fully accredited to ISO 17025 by NATA.
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 20mm 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

Get Your HDPE Pipe Products or Services Noticed – Advertise in Poly Pipe News (PPN) Australia
https://www.polypipenews.com.au/advertise/

This Newsletter is brought to you by Excelplas Labs, Australia’s Largest group of Poly Pipe Testing Labs.

Pipe Poly News (PPN) is now Australia’s most current and comprehensive source of news on Polyethylene pipes and Poly Pipe Welding;

Poly Pipe News is now sent to over 4500 Poly Pipe Industry Members every week.

Any news requests should be sent to john@excelplas.com
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September 2020 Vol. 5

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NEWSMAKERS: * ADS Pipe  * Aliaxis * ChemChina * ExcelPlas * Exxon  * PipeRank * PE100+* PPN * QENOS * SABIC  * Uponor * VINIDEX * Wavin

INDUSTRY NEWS

Vinidex Parent Aliaxis to Divest South-East Asian Businesses (Breaking News)
https://aliaxis.com/divestment-sea/

Summary Risk Assessment on Qenos Parent ChemChina (Breaking News)
https://www.rwradvisory.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/RWR-Risk-Profiles-Report-9-2020.pdf

SABIC-Exxon Joint Venture Hires Ahead of 2022 Start Up of $10 Billion Plant (Breaking News)
https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2020/09/23/sabic-exxon-joint-venture-hires-ahead-of-startup.html

Wavin Trigon™ Barrier HDPE Pipe for Transport of Potable Water in Ground Where There are Known Hydrocarbon Contaminants
https://www.wavin.com/en-gb/Catalogue/Potable-Water/Mains-Supply/PE-Barrier-System-Trigon

Incorporation of Recycled HDPE to Polyethylene Pipe Grade Resins to Increase Close-loop Recycling and Underpin the Circular Economy
http://cloud.excelplas.com/s/LGnuKebOLrg052A#pdfviewer

PipeRank Virtual Condition Assessment Service for Water Pipelines
https://au.sports.yahoo.com/mueller-introduces-piperank-virtual-condition-193800033.html

PE100+ Contributes to an Improvement of Pipe Test Standards by Organising Round Robin Tests
https://www.pe100plus.com/PE-Pipes/news/PE100-contributes-to-an-improvement-of-pipe-test-standards-by-organising-Round-Robin-Tests-i2227.html

NEW REPORT – Phasing out Plastics in the Construction Sector
https://www.odi.org/sites/odi.org.uk/files/resource-documents/odi-et-cp-construction-report-sep20-proof04_final2.pdf

Uponor Introduce New Pre-Insulated PEX Pipes
https://www.facilitiesnet.com/site/pressreleases.aspx?id=46795

The Truth About the Performance of Recycled Plastic Pipes (ADS Pipe)
https://www.ads-pipe.com/sites/default/files/Truth-20About-20Plastic-20Recycled-20Performance-20-2811083-29-2C-2009-20-20.pdf

Analyzing Causes of Poly Pipe Failure
If we want to design polymer pipes for the future, or if we want to assess the current condition and predict future conditions of these pipes, one key element is to know the important factors contributing to their failures – and how do those factors play out in the real world.  Identifying risk factors for pipe failure such as temperature, cyclic pressure, copper ions, chlorine, free-radicals and other impact factors.
ExcelPlas polymer researchers investigate the most common factors in polymer pipe failure and cracking.
https://www.excelplas.com/

High Strength Polyethylene Nanocomposites for PE100 Pipe Applications (Graphene USA 2019)
https://www.idtechex.com/en/event-presentation/high-strength-polyethylene-nanocomposite/13799


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/

Australian 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 3 mm to 80 mm. ExcelPlas Laboratories provide a comprehensive service to Industrial & commercial companies, environmental consultants, Government bodies and local Authority customers throughout Australia & NZ. All testing is carried and out in accordance with ISO & ASTM methods and is fully accredited to ISO 17025 by NATA.
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 20mm 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

Get Your HDPE Pipe Products or Services Noticed – Advertise in Poly Pipe News (PPN) Australia
https://www.polypipenews.com.au/advertise/

This Newsletter is brought to you by Excelplas Labs, Australia’s Largest group of Poly Pipe Testing Labs.

Pipe Poly News (PPN) is now Australia’s most current and comprehensive source of news on Polyethylene pipes and Poly Pipe Welding;

Poly Pipe News is now sent to over 4500 Poly Pipe Industry Members every week.

Any news requests should be sent to john@excelplas.com
To subscribe, visit https://www.polypipenews.com.au/subscribe/

2020 Copyright ExcelPlas Labs

September 2020 Vol. 4

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

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NEWSMAKERS: * Borealis * ChemChina * CPVC * ExcelPlas * Fletcher Building * Iplex * ISCO * LyondellBasell * MPC Kinetic * PPFA * PE100-RC * PPN * QENOS * TUBI * Uponor

INDUSTRY NEWS

TUBI Reports $4.7 Million Loss for the Year 30 June 2020 (compared with 30 June 2019: Profit of $1.5 million)
During the first half of the year the Group completed the building, commissioning, and delivery of a Mobile Plant to Iplex Pipelines NZ Limited.  The decline in investment activity in the upstream oil and gas industry, caused by the decline in oil prices, led to exclusivity restrictions and a reduction in orders, selling prices and margins. The Group also incurred significant operating costs in 1H FY20 due to a series of operator failings, resulting in approximately six weeks of lost production.
https://www.asx.com.au/asxpdf/20200831/pdf/44m4wjs8tqpf6w.pdf

Qenos Parent ChemChina labeled by the U.S. Defense Department as a “Communist Chinese Military Company” Selling Billions of Dollars in Bonds with the Help of Western Banks (Wall Street Journal)
https://www.wsj.com/articles/chinese-companies-in-pentagon-spotlight-hire-global-banks-to-sell-dollar-bonds-11600165226

Tubi’s (ASX:2BE) Share Price has had Significant Negative Movement Since the March Stock Market Crash in March Caused by Coronavirus
http://cloud.excelplas.com/s/cERXboEHEG7DwCz

More HDPE Pipes Fusions, more Natural Gas – Poly Welders Mark Cassidy and Kris Tattam of MPC Kinetic
https://www.mining-technology.com/contractors/cables/mcelroy/pressreleases/more-fusions-more-natural-gas/

Borealis PEX-a Pipe Resin Achieves Highest Available Chlorine Resistance Rating
Borealis HE1878E-C2 for crosslinked pipes in plumbing applications has now achieved Class 5 listing corresponding to the highest chlorine resistance rating in accordance with ASTM F876.  Its state-of-the-art stabilisation package also opens it up for use in certain industrial applications.
https://www.borealisgroup.com/news/borealis-he1878e-c2

Tackling Non-Revenue Water with HDPE Pipes
https://cceonlinenews.com/2020/09/17/tackling-non-revenue-water-with-hdpe-pipes/

PE100-RC, for Pipes with Even Higher Performance
https://elydan.eu/en/pe100-rc-for-pipes-with-even-higher-performance/

Iplex Parent Fletcher Building Limited advises that its 2020 Annual Shareholders’ Meeting will be held on Wednesday 25 November 2020
https://www.marketscreener.com/quote/stock/FLETCHER-BUILDING-LIMITED-6492649/news/Fletcher-Building-2020-Annual-Shareholders-Meeting-and-Director-Nominations-31302561/

PIPE FAILURE

Investigation of Premature Failure of CPVC Drainpipes
http://cloud.excelplas.com/s/reOlFI9WkayEzRF#pdfviewer​

PEX PIPES

Answering Questions and Myths about PEX Pipes
What wholesale-distributors should know about PEX for hydronic piping applications.
https://www.supplyht.com/articles/103280-answering-customer-questions-and-myths-about-pex

How a Combination of Planning, Prefabrication and PEX Can Produce a Successful Piping Project
https://www.plumbermag.com/how-to-articles/plumbing-commercial-pex-uponor/how-a-combination-of-planning-prefabrication-and-pex-can-produce-a-successful-project

NEW RESEARCH

Borealis Patents Method for Producing Multimodal Polyethylene Blends Containing Ultra-High Molecular Weight Components for Pipe Applications
https://www.freepatentsonline.com/10774202.pdf

Investigation of Polyethylene Pipeline Behaviour after 30 Years of Use in Gas Distribution NetworkPLEASE http://cloud.excelplas.com/s/BeUFZoixyGVOR4Y#pdfviewer​

Long-term Mechanical Performance of Polyethylene Pipe Materials in Presence of Carbon Black Masterbatch with Different Carriers
http://cloud.excelplas.com/s/VZ5n1XIV08RWqZY#pdfviewer​

Basalt Fibre-reinforced HDPE Composite Development Using the Twin Screw Extrusion Process
The use of basalt fibres as reinforcement of high-density polyethylene increases the mechanical performance of up to 400%
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0142941819323797

Basalt Fibre-Reinforced HDPE Composite Development Using Twin Screw Extrusion
https://www.x-mol.com/paper/1304864622384484352

Numerical Modelling of Unreinforced and Geosynthetic-Reinforced Sandy Soil Cover over Large-Diameter HDPE and PVC Pipes
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10706-020-01548-3

Study on the Influence of Recycled Material on the Tensile Strength of HDPE Products
https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1757-899X/916/1/012119/pdf

Numerical Simulation of Pipeline-Pavement Damage Caused by Explosion of Leakage Gas in Buried PE Pipelines
http://downloads.hindawi.com/journals/ace/2020/4913984.pdf

Welded Construction Design of Transition Fittings from Metal Pipes to Plastic Pipes
https://www.mdpi.com/2075-4701/10/9/1231/pdf

Numerical and Experimental Analyses of the Hoop Tensile Strength of Filament-Wound Composite Tubes
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11029-020-09894-2

LEGAL

Law Firm Commissioned to Check Cancer Risk from ABS, PVC and CPVC Pipes Containing Titanium Dioxide
The Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association (PPFA) recently commissioned the law firm of Keller and Heckman LLP (K&H) to develop and coordinate testing on acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and chlorinated PVC (CPVC) pipes for the purpose of supporting their members efforts to comply with California’s Proposition 65 warning requirements.
At PPFA’s direction, K&H coordinated screening-level air-sample testing to determine whether the ABS, PVC and CPVC pipes included in the test emitted or generated airborne and respirable particles of TiO₂ or carbon black when cut by various power tools under conditions similar to the typical installation process for such pipes. As expected, the test results did not reveal airborne, unbound particles of carbon black or TiO2 of respirable size.
https://www.ppfahome.org/news/483759/PPFA-Commissions-Prop-65-Testing.htm

UPCOMING WEBINARS

Installation of PVC Water and Sewer Piping Systems (October 21, 2020)
https://www.uni-bell.org/Events/Educational-Webinars

JOBS

Seeking Poly Pipe Welders with Experience Utilising McElroy & Dixon Machines
https://www.seek.com.au/job/50570933?type=standout

Iplex Pipelines hiring Distribution Load Planner in Albury
https://au.linkedin.com/jobs/view/distribution-load-planner-at-iplex-pipelines-2004865632

TESTING

Testing and Compliance of Thermoplastic and GFRP Pipes
ExcelPlas has a wide experience in the field of plastic pipes and helps to detect failure causes in the behaviour of pipes in service and to prepare technical sheets both of a finished product and a raw material.
The ExcelPlas Laboratory has developed a series of procedures to identify failure and breakage causes that can appear during the use of structures designed with plastic pipes, corrugated pipes and/or GFRP, combining both analysis and tests on the material and the pipe as well as the knowledge acquired from the point of view of pipe installation.  We check that the requirements are met following the standards EN 1796, EN 16422 and EN 13476-6, among many others. Some of the tests in which we are specialised are:
* Identification of polymer materials by DSC and FTIR
* Determination of the degree of curing by DSC
* Stress-strain tests: tensile, flexural and rigidity, with testing equipment up to 250kN.
* Circumferential rigidity and geometric control
* Calculation of densities and k values.
* Resistance to hydrostatic pressure
* Failure cause analysis
https://www.excelplas.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Excelplas-A4-Brochure-2pp-Composite-NTs.pdf

Oxidative Resistance Testing of Plastic Pipes
ExcelPlas’ Advanced Pipe Test Facility (APTF) has introduced new oxidative resistance testing capacity, providing the unique ability to quickly and effectively measure and evaluate material performance over time.  Our capabilities include accelerated testing of the potential impact of disinfectants (chlorine, chlorine dioxide, chloramines) on the long-term performance of materials in potable water applications (most commonly PE, PEX, PE-RT and PP-R) as well as proprietary testing methodologies and leading edge proprietary analysis methodologies.
We currently test to:
• ASTM F2023 – Standard Test Method for Evaluating the Oxidative Resistance of Crosslinked Polyethylene (PEX) Tubing and Systems to Hot Chlorinated Water
• ASTM F2263 – Standard Test Method for Evaluating the Oxidative Resistance of Polyethylene (PE) Pipe to Chlorinated Water
https://www.excelplas.com/

Experts in Forensic Failure Analysis of Polymer Pipes and Fittings
https://www.excelplas.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Excelplas-A4-Brochure-2pp-Mechanical-Testing-NTs.pdf

Australia’s State-of-the-Art 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 3 mm to 80 mm. ExcelPlas Laboratories provide a comprehensive service to Industrial & commercial companies, environmental consultants, Government bodies and local Authority customers throughout Australia & NZ. All testing is carried and out in accordance with ISO & ASTM methods and is fully accredited to ISO 17025 by NATA.
https://www.excelplas.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Excelplas-A4-Brochure-4pp-Plastic-Pipe-Testing-NTs.pdf

ExcelPlas Labs –  for Testing Times
https://www.excelplas.com/

PPN Now Reaching Over 10,000 Readers in the Plastic Pipe Industry Worldwide (Free Subscriptions)
https://www.polypipenews.com.au/


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/

Australian 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 3 mm to 80 mm. ExcelPlas Laboratories provide a comprehensive service to Industrial & commercial companies, environmental consultants, Government bodies and local Authority customers throughout Australia & NZ. All testing is carried and out in accordance with ISO & ASTM methods and is fully accredited to ISO 17025 by NATA.
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 20mm 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.
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