Polyolefin pipe grades with improved resistance to water disinfectants [PE]
# 2010 Vancouver
Water is essential for human life. More than one billion people worldwide do not have access
to safe water supply. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 4,000
people die each day from diarrheal diseases resulting from unsafe water and lack of
sanitation. Ninety percent are children under the age of five who live in developing countries.
Disinfection of the drinking water helps to destroy disease-causing microorganisms. Widely
used water disinfectants such as chlorine gas; sodium- or calcium-hypochlorite; chlorine
dioxide or ozone are strong oxidizers. According to many publications, chlorinated water may
have a strong influence on the physical properties and the lifetime of plastic pipes. In most of
these papers, aqueous hypochlorite solutions are used, but less information is available on
In a comparative lab study, the influence of chlorinated water using aqueous hypochlorite and
chlorine dioxide solutions for chlorination in different polyolefin pipe grades was
investigated. Obtaining a better understanding of the ageing mechanism enabled the
development of polyolefin pipe materials with improved chlorine resistance.
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Author(s) : Tiem Meijering, Jeannette Mulder, Günter Dreiling, Heinz Vogt
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