Oil and gas companies and mining companies seeking cost cutting measures may be considering high density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe like a money-saving alternative to HDPE pipe fittings. Reinforced thermoplastic pipe (RTP) offers the main advantages of corrosion resistance and light weight and it is already getting used in moderate temperature and pressure applications.
The Plastic Pipe Institute website explains several of the reasons why plastic pipe meets the prerequisites of your mining industry:
Polyethylene (PE) pipe is rustproof, break-resistant and corrosion-free.
PE pipe can withstand harsh chemical environments.
PE pipe is abrasion resistant which is well best for the solids environment in mining applications.
PE pipe is semi-rigid to stand up to high external loads. Its flexible nature expands with pressure surges that increases the lifetime of the pipeline.
PE pipe installations have long term cost advantages for its physical properties, leak-free joints and reduced maintenance costs.
The service life for HDPE pipe fittings is definitely an estimated 50-a century.
The “allowable water leakage” is zero instead of typical the leakage rates of 10% to 20% for PVC and Ductile Iron.
Lightweight PE is easily installed without heavy lifting equipment. Alternate installation methods (Horizontal Directional Drilling, Pipe Bursting, Sliplining, Plow and Plant, Submerged or Floating Pipe, etc.) can help to save considerable time and expense in many applications.
PE pipe is created in straight lengths approximately 50 feet long and coiled in diameters up through 6-inches. Coiled lengths over 1,000 feet are available according to size.
PE and HDPE pipe has been used in the oil and gas exploration industry for several years. As outlined by an article on Pipeline & Gas Journal, HDPE pipe is utilized in fracking for that collection and transportation of hydrocarbons, and also the transportation and collection of water employed in this method. Composite pipe consisting of layers of HDPE and metallic and non-metallic (glass and carbon fiber) substrates will be used for pressures from 300 psi up to 3,000 psi and also in some of the 18dexkpky difficult terrains across the country. Plastic pipe is likewise valued because of its flexibility; gas distribution systems tend to be more apt to survive severe ground shifts, especially from earthquakes, while they are made out of fused PE pipe.
To find out more about the use of PEX-AL-PEX pipe within the mining and oil and gas industries, look at the Analyzing Metals post, Is Plastic Pipe The Answer to Combating Corrosive Steel in Hydrocarbon Processing? and also the Advancing Mining post, The Role of Plastic Pipe in the Mining Industry Could Be Planning to Increase.