The impact of material components in irrigation pipe application
Posters # 2012 Barcelona
The use of irrigation piping systems has grown significantly in recent years driven by water
shortage and the need to optimize the growth of the global food supply. In the production of
piping products, depending on the application standard being utilized, producer's options for
UV stabilizations include black compounds or a blend of a natural compound with a black
master batch. For irrigation piping systems in North America, the piping products are
generally manufactured using the latter process. In order to improve the product quality, a
study involving a natural compound supplier, a black master batch supplier, and an irrigation
pipe manufacturer was conducted to evaluate the impact of material components on irrigation
This paper details the results of the study which determined and compared the effect of
various material components on performance relevant to irrigation piping used in industry. In
addition, the defects of real field specimens are included in the discussion. The study results
impact aspects necessary in speciQing and utilizing material components for irrigation
ultra-violet (UV) stabilization, irrigation tubing, irrigation pipe, microirrigation, polyethylene
*Written for Presentation at the 2012 ASABE Annual International Meeting and Plastics Pipe
XVI Poster Session
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