Pipes in Extreme Conditions
Plastic Pipes Conference Association # 1979 Brigthon
As a result of his company's experience in the Middle East, the author hopes to give details of the advantages of uPVC and other plastic pipe systems for hot climates, tempered with the constraints necessary to produce a trouble free installation. Thereby indicating the inherent suitability of these nine systems for hot climates.
Plastic pipes have been accepted for some years in the United Kingdom as a viable alternative to the more traditional materials used for the conveyance of potable and waste water. The advantages of these pipe systems has led to their increased usage and acceptance in the United Kingdom.
These same advantages of light weight, smooth bores and corrosion resistance also apply when considering the pines for use in hot climates.
Middle East conditions differ significantly from those in the United Kingdom, the prime factors being elevated temperatures, aggressive environments and increased solar energy. These conditions warrant special attention end have led to certain problems with more traditional materials (particularly on sewerage schemes). In the succeeding paragraphs these conditions will be discussed end it is hoped that the suitability of plastic pipe systems, particularly uPVC pipes can be demonstrated. The conditions described (i.e. temperature, solar energy, sub-soil), relate to the Persian Gulf area, and more particularly those pertaining in the United Arab Emirates, However, they give good indication of what can be expected in 5 Hot Climate.