What is modified PVC?
Modified PVC is similar in composition to the traditional PVC pressure pipe that has been used in Australia for the past forty years. The difference is that an impact modifier has been added to alter the fracture mechanism, so the material behaves in a ductile manner.
This enhanced toughness enables PVC-M to be manufactured with a thinner wall with subsequent material savings and improved hydraulic properties. The important aspect of PVC-M is that the optimum combination of strength and ductility is produced by optimising the formulation and processing conditions so that the full benefit of the modifier is achieved.
PVC-M was introduced to the UK water industry about 15 years ago and to South Africa shortly after. PVC-M pipes were first produced in New Zealand in 1996 and have been used in Australia since 1997.
So what does BLUERHINO® and WHITERHINO® PVC-M pressure pipe offer?
BLUERHINO® and WHITERHINO® pressure pipes are high performance thermoplastic pipes, incorporating the advancements of modified PVC pipe technology.
BLUERHINO® and WHITERHINO® provides superior characteristics over conventional un-plasticized PVC (PVC-U) pressure pipes, including higher impact resistance and ductility, reduced weight and greater hydraulic capacity.
Iplex modified PVC-M pipes do not contain any compounds based on lead, cadmium or mercury.
Iplex ‘WHITERHINO®’ and ‘BLUERHINO®’ PVC-M pipes are recognised for their advantages and have been used extensively since 1997 in the following applications,
- Potable water supply trunk and reticulation mains
- Industrial process pipelines
- Effluent pipelines for pumped sewage, industrial and rural wastes
- Slurry pipelines carrying abrasive and corrosive mine or quarry materials
- Irrigation and turf watering systems