January 2013

Trenchless Piping and Plastics
PE piping slip-lined in failed municipal sewage piping system.

According to the PVC Pipe Association, corrosion is the major cause of more than 850 water main breaks per day in North America. These breaks result in a loss of 2.6 trillion gallons of potable water (17 percent of pumped drinking water) each year. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a critical part of the solution to this issue, is getting due recognition with the endorsement by Engineering News Record of PVC piping for water and sewer, and its acknowledgment of PVC as one of the top 20 engineering advancements in more than a century. Further confirmation by the American Water Works Association Research Foundation found the life expectancy of PVC water main pipe to be in excess of 110 years. Learn more.


Inside this issue

Trenchless Piping and Plastics
Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions with Plastic Piping
Cool, Refreshing Plastics in Water and Waste Water Applications

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Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions with Plastic Piping

We have seen tremendous progress throughout the world in the application of above and below ground plastic piping systems. Again and again, plastic piping is the material of choice for municipal water mains, drain-waste-vent lines, irrigation, chemical waste drainage, swimming pools, hot and cold water distribution, natural gas distribution and several other markets. Why? There are four good reasons: plastics are durable, easy and safe to install, environmentally sound and cost-effective. By focusing on these four reasons, we'll see that plastic piping is without equal in reducing greenhouse gases in the environment.

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Technical Advisory: Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is one of the most versatile thermoplastics in use today. Its excellent strength-to-weight ratio and superior flame resistance, coupled with its low cost, make it the material of choice for the most demanding applications.

The maximum service temperature for PVC is 140°F (60°C). The physical properties of PVC can be readily altered by the addition of plasticizers, impact modifiers and other ingredients to develop and enhance specific properties.

• For more information, see Introduction to Plastics, the IAPD guide to plastic materials and applications.

Cool, Refreshing Plastics in Water and Waste Water Applications

Plastics have been delivering safe drinking water for more than seven decades. Plus, plastics are being put to work anywhere there’s a need for durable, long-lasting, maintenance-free water transport systems. Relax and cool off, with clean water brought to you by plastics.

Did you know that on average, the water footprint of an American is 32,911 glasses a day, or 751,777 gallons per year. Of that amount, 96 percent is used to grow food, make clothing and generate energy.

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More Plastics Resources

Introduction to Plastics is more than an introduction
It's everything you need to know about more than 50 plastic materials commonly used today in industry, signage and visual merchandising, building and construction, and pipe, valves and fittings. This book provides such details about plastics as:

  • Their comparative properties
  • How they're made
  • Appropriate applications
  • Processing and fabrication techniques

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Get to know your distributor

IAPD distributors are your best source for finding materials for your application.

Go to www.iapd.org to find a distributor in your area. You can search by company name, location or product category.

The IAPD Magazine is online

IAPD is pleased to announce the digital edition of the December 2012/January 2013 issue of The IAPD Magazine, featuring a special focus on plastics in heavy construction applications.

The digital issue is easy to read on computers, laptops and tablet devices and can even be viewed on smartphones.

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Designing with Plastics is published by the International Association of Plastics Distribution. While every effort has been made for accuracy, IAPD encourages you to verify information with a plastics distributor to ensure you select the correct plastic products to meet your needs.