Plastic pipes are a widely used, sustainable solution for the transport of waste water to treatment plants. As a result of climate change impacts plastic pipes are ideal for a fast and controlled evacuation of storm water with up to up to Ø to 3.5 meter pipes. Civil applications covers these non-pressure pipe systems such as drainage and sewer networks, manholes and inspection chambers, storm water pipes and infiltration boxes.
Superior flow-rate properties and low leakage make plastic pipe systems excellent for sewer applications.
Plastic pipe systems have a life expectancy which exceeds 100 years. Today, they are a proven solution for sewer applications for more than 50 years. Their flexibility allows them to adjust to inevitable ground movements such as void collapses or even earthquakes. Their smooth inner walls secure high gravity flow rates and minimise blockage. Their advantages with respect to speed and ease of installation are unmatched.
Plastic pipe systems are used widely for the transportation of wastewater from buildings to the wastewater treatment plant.
This can be done by gravity sewer, pressure or vacuum sewer or by using domestic wastewater treatment tanks. Pipeline rehabilitation is also a common application.
Plastic pipes have become the preferred option over the past decades for rain and stormwater harvesting and controlled dispersal from roofs, streets and major concrete surfaces such as airports, car parks, industrial sites and football pitches.
They are used for the collection, filtration, infiltration, retention, transportation, and reuse of rainwater.
More intense rainfalls have prompted engineers to prefer a plastic solution to avoid street flooding and provide run off for the urban landscape with its enlarged pavements.
An infiltration crate is a strong and water permeable box in which water can be stored underground.
The accumulated water can then slowly drain or “infiltrate” into the ground. This reduces the load on the sewers, improves the water management of the ground and causes less drought and less land subsidence.
Manholes and Inspection Chambers are an integral part of the Underground Drainage system, providing access for testing, inspecting and clearing blockages.
Plastic manholes and chambers withstand all the chemicals which usually occur in sewers, have excellent hydraulic properties and can be easily and quickly be transported, handled and installed without any special equipment due to their low weight.
A septic tank is an underground through which domestic wastewater (sewage) flows for basic treatment.
Plastic septic tanks are the best in their class due to their high chemical resistance and lightweight properties.
View the study into the design of buried thermoplastics pipes. The study is a result of co-operative research, sponsored by the European Thermoplastics pipes and fitting association TEPPFA, and the Association of Plastics Manufacturers in Europe APME. The project has been proceeded by experts from both the industries, as well as from external organisations. Six external leading experts in the field of pipeline design, not necessarily plastics pipes design, have been involved as consultants to the project.Read more
The story of plastic pipes and fittings is a story of success. And the basis of that success is a human desire for a better life. The incredible versatility of plastics allows for designing plastic pipes with the right technical characteristics to do the job. Plastics shapes our future.Read more