Beech, Ducan, Millar
# 2001 Munich
Polyethylene has been used for pipeline applications for nearly 50 years now. It has become the prime material choice for gas and water distribution systems and many other applications worldwide. This paper reviews the growth in the market for polyethylene pipe products for both pressure and non pressure applications over the last 15 years in Western Europe, and the reasons why the system has been so successful. The predicted growth to 2005 and the role of the different classes of PE materials is presented. The principle pipeline applications for which PE is used are detailed, and the choice and requirements for the materials are discussed. The future of the industry and how this might be influenced by further development of materials is predicted.