Papers # 2016 Berlin
Polyethylene pipes have been used for over half a century in Europe and North America and just over two decades in the Middle East. A recurring misgiving amongst first time users is the behavior of the pipes in the extreme climatic conditions such as the Arabian Gulf. High temperatures do exist but there are misconceptions about what level to design for and how to allow for temperature in the choice of pipe.
There is already a substantial body of local experience in PE pipes and it is suggested that design and installation guidelines specific to the region should be prepared. Without some form of reference of this nature the approach to design will remain arbitrary and often lead to overly conservative design which impacts badly on the competitiveness of PE pipes.
One of the major challenges which is often raised during the project feasibility stage is quoting of arbitrary numbers for Soil, Fluid, air, and other temperature requirements
In this paper the author address the technical challenges of design, production and Installation of PE pipes in these aggressive weather conditions, with the support of proven case stories