William J. Gauthier, LuAnn Kelly, William (Rusty) Wheat, Toby Stevens
5 minute posters # 2014 Chicago
Polyethylene pipe has been successfully used in potable water systems throughout the world since the 1960’s. In many countries, polyethylene is the material of choice. Water utilities and municipalities are increasingly demanding higher performance and lower cost options to build and maintain their water infrastructures. This provides a growing opportunity for polyethylene pipe in North America, where disinfectants are heavily used to keep our water safe.
Advances in technologies to produce bimodal resins and optimize resin architecture have led to new PE4710 / PE100 materials with superior properties which translate into piping systems with exceptional longevity. As a pioneer and leader in advanced polyethylene solutions, TOTAL is engaged with the industry to develop standards and provide durable polyethylene piping solutions for some of the most challenging potable water systems. TOTAL highlights in this paper the recent development of new polyethylene compounds aimed at establishing HDPE as the preferred material for future potable water applications in the most difficult environments and in the process, reaching the highest performance level defined by the industry.