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Using plastic pipes for heating and cooling brings energy efficiency gains

Surface heating and cooling using plastic pipes is being highlighted at the moment as it is helping facilitate a greater uptake of renewable heat sources and i...

Posted on 30th September 2019

Plastic pipes combine flexibility and strength

What does an Olympic gymnast have in common with a plastic sewer pipe? At first glance, not much – but we’re talking about performance, not appearances. Both prove t...

Posted on 18th July 2019

Smooth insides for stormy outsides – fast flow pipes have it!

Plastic pipes are well known for their smooth inner surfaces. Like human arteries, they are designed for fast delivery with only the slightest friction to oppose their flow. Sci...

Posted on 11th June 2019

Piped hydrogen – tested and trusted

Plastic Pipes Deliver Energy Security Without CO2 Emissions Hydrogen technology is widely predicted to lessen our world dependency on fossil fuel. The ap...

Posted on 28th March 2019

Why flexibility is essential in pipes

The pipe landscape all over the world is changing. Pipe materials have evolved from grey cast iron and lead into today’s ductile iron, steel and plastics (PE and PVC)....

Posted on 7th May 2019

Systems for 21st century demands

Upgrading sewer and drainage systems in St Malo, France When engineers came to upgrade sewer systems in St Malo, France, they faced antiquated systems, d...

Posted on 18th July 2017

Rigid vs flexible pipes

Stronger connections. Fewer defects. Greater flexibility. Lower environmental risk. These are just a handful of the outcomes of a study which pitted traditional rigid pipes agai...

Posted on 10th January 2018

Know your standards

Plastic pipes and inspection chambers for the construction of gravity drains and sewers have been widely used for many years in the UK. British Standards, such as BS 4660...

Posted on 2nd August 2017

Protecting the environment – no compromise allowed

Leaking sewers – causing the exfiltration of wastewater into the surrounding soil – are an obvious environmental hazard. To the sewerage undertaker, infiltration of ...

Posted on 18th July 2017

Flexible working

We generally see flexibility as a good thing, whether we’re talking about working patterns or joint mobility. When it comes to sewers however, there’s often a preference fo...

Posted on 22nd June 2017

Good practice prevents defects

A recent independent study quantified the incidence of defects in 1800 km of sewer pipes. Here, we investigate key types of defects and how each might impact on performa...

Posted on 18th July 2017

Taking the strain – the engineering approach

True or false – pipes must be stiff to support the weight of soil and traffic above them? Rigid materials such as concrete and clay settle into the ground under the loa...

Posted on 18th July 2017

Flexible pipes: the perfect match for traffic loading

Sewer and stormwater systems mirror the layout of our highways beneath the surface of the road. Due to the interaction between these two essential systems – underground pipeli...

Posted on 18th July 2017

In it for the long term

Titanium, diamonds, even spider silk – all materials which have been lauded as the strongest to be found in nature. Then there are the manmade structures – steel, gr...

Posted on 18th July 2017

Putting plastic pipes to the test

Leaking sewers are a growing problem, particularly for cities where expanding populations mean increased pressure on the underground pipes network. Despite flexible plastic pipe...

Posted on 18th July 2017