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Iplex Rhino® PVC-M Thermoplastic Pressure Pipes deliver a high performance thermoplastic piping solution, incorporating the advancements of modified PVC pipe technology. Providing superior characteristics over conventional un-plasticised PVC (PVC-U) pressure pipes, including higher impact resistance and ductility, reduced weight and greater hydraulic capacity.

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Iplex Rhino® PVC-M Thermoplastic Pressure Pipes are suitable for installation in the following applications:

  • Potable water supply trunk and reticulation mains
  • Industrial process pipelines
  • Effluent pipes for pumped sewage, industrial and rural wastes
  • Pressure sewer systems
  • Slurry pipelines carrying abrasive and corrosive mine or quarry materials
  • Irrigation and turf watering systems
Rhino® Modified PVC (PVC-M) Pressure Pipes Blue and White – Engineering Design and Installation Guide


The tough, ductile nature of Iplex Rhino® PVC-M Thermoplastic Pressure Pipe allows the use of a higher design stress, enabling pipes to be manufactured with reduced wall thicknesses and larger internal diameters enabling a more efficient use of resources.

The Iplex Rhino® PVC- M Thermoplastic Pressure Pipes are also designed to handle greater flow capacity and lower pumping costs compared to PVC-U pipes with the same nominal diameters. This translates to cost savings in the long run, as well as increased efficiency. Moreover, they are compatible with existing AS/NZS 1477-Series 1 and 2 pipe systems, and can even be interchanged with PVC-U pipes, providing smooth installation and wide compatibility features.

The high-quality rubber ring material used in Iplex Rhino® PVC- M Thermoplastic Pressure Pipes also facilitates easy and secure joint assembly, particularly in curved installations, making them a versatile option for a range of applications.

Features Benefits
Toughness and ductility Resistance to poor handling and installation damage
Excellent corrosion resistance both internally and externally Long service life, in excess of 100 years
PVC-M pipe dimensions are compatible with existing Series 1 and Series 2 pipe systems Interchangeable with PVC-U pipes and Series 2 pipes produced from
PVC-O, ductile iron, GRP and AC
Flexibility Rhino® PVC-M pipes can be curved to alignment on site
High quality rubber ring joint with a permanently installed Reiber rubber ring Provides a secure joint, which is easy to assemble and join
Light Weight Approximately 30% lighter than PVC-U improving on environmental performance, site handling and laying efficiencies


Material Options

Material Options

Mechanical Properties
Property Value & Unit
Density (Specific Gravity) 1.47
Ultimate Tensile Strength 38MPa
Yield Strain 5.5%
Compressive Strength 48MPa
Tensile Modulus 3000 MPa
Hardness Shore D 85
Poisson’s Ratio 0.38
Design Stress 17.5 MPa
Ring Bending Modulus (3 mins) 3000MPa
Ring Bending Modulus (50 years) 1200MPa
Thermal Properties
Property Value & Unit
Coefficient of Thermal Expansion 7 x 10-5/°C
Thermal Conductivity 0.138W/m.K 
Specific Heat 1045 J/kg/°C
Vicat Softening Temperature >79°C
Allowable Operation Temperature 50°C

Typical Fire Resistance Properties

Property Value & Unit
Flammability Will not support combustion
Ignitability 7
Smoke Development 9
Spread of Flame 0
Heat Evolved 2

Note: Properties to AS 1530 – AWTA test report number 7-558803-CV

Typical Electrical Properties

PVC-M pipe is non-conductive and cannot be used for earthing electrical equipment.

Property Value & Unit
Volume Resistivity 1016 (60% RH)
Surface Resistivity 1013 - 1014 ohm
Power Factor (at 20°C) 0.015 – 0.020
Dielectric Constant (at 25°C) 3.4 – 3.6 (60Hz)


Temperature Effect On Pressure Rating

PVC-M pipes are suitable for service temperatures between 0°C and 50°C.

Thermal Re-rating Factors*

Maximum Service Temperature (°C) Multiplication Factor for Pressure Re-Rating
20 1.00
25 0.94
30 0.87
35 0.78
40 0.70
45 0.64
50 0.58

*Based on ISO 4422-2 Pipes and fittings made of un-plasticized polyvinyl chloride (PVC-U) for water supply Part 2: Pipes (with or without integral sockets)

Chemical Resistance

PVC has high resistance to a wide range of chemical reagents. Such resistance, however, is a function of temperature, concentration and pressure.

In general, PVC has exceptional resistance to attack from high concentrations of alkalis and acids, except for strong oxidising agents at maximum or near maximum concentrations. Information provided is intended as a guide only. Due to the complexity of some chemical reactions, it is suggested that in critical applications, additional long-term testing be performed.

PVC-M should not be used with aromatic and chlorinated hydrocarbons, ketones, esters and ethers.

View the Iplex Chemical Resistant Tool

Product Details

Product Details

Standards and Approvals

Iplex Rhino® PVC-M pipe is manufactured to the Australian Product Standard under third party accredited Quality Management System (QMS) conforming to ISO 9001.

Rhino® PVC-M pipe has ISO Type 5 third-party StandardsMark™ Certification, License numbers SMK02748, SMK02468, SMK02749 and SMK02730 in accordance with AS/NZS 4765 “Modified PVC (PVC-M) pipes for pressure applications”.

Rhino® PVC-M pipe was appraised by Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) – and rated “A” with a life expectancy in excess of 100 years.

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Rubber Ring Seals

Iplex Reiber rubber rings conform to the requirements of AS 1646 “Elastomeric seals for waterworks purposes”. They are manufactured from SBR or EPDM elastomers.

Colour and Markings

Iplex Rhino® PVC-M pipes are colour coded as per AS/NZS 4765 and WSAA product specification WSA PS 209, to easily distinguish between the different types of pipe applications.

Rhino® pipe colour identification

Product Application
Rhino® PVC-M White (Series 1) Drinking water
Rhino® PVC-M Blue (Series 2) Drinking water
Rhino® PVC-M Purple (Series 1 & 2) Recycled water
Rhino® PVC-M Cream (Series 1 & 2) Pressure sewerage

Iplex Rhino® PVC-M pressure pipes are marked in accordance with AS/NZS 4765 “Modified PVC (PVC-M) pipes for pressure applications”. Markings include:

  • Manufacturers name and brand name
  • Nominal Pipe Size
  • PVCM
  • PN
  • Date of manufacture
  • Manufacturers code
  • AS/NZS 7465
Environmental Credentials

Iplex PVC-M pressure pipe is certified to confirm to the Best Environmental Practice PVC (BEP PVC) provisions of AS/NZS 1260.

The Green Building Council of Australia (GCBA) has defined the standards for best practice environmental performance for PVC manufacturing, against which Iplex’s processes have been audited by an independent certifying body. These permits users of Iplex PVC-M pressures pipes to claim positive PVC Credit Points under the GBCA’s Green Star Rating Scheme. Learn More

Iplex Pipelines has published verified Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) on our range of PVC-M Pressure Pipes. EPD’s are third party certified documents based on ISO 14025 and EN 15804 Standards that communicate transparent and comparable information about the life-cycle environmental impact of a product or service. Specifically, product declarations include information on the environmental impact of raw material acquisition, energy use and efficiency, composition of materials and chemical substances, emissions to air, soil and water and waste generation. View Iplex's PVC-M pressure pipe EPD

Rhino® PVC-M Pressure Pipe Range and Dimensions

Iplex Rhino® PVC-M pressure pipes are available in both Series 1 (White Rhino®) and Series 2 (Blue Rhino®). Purple Rhino® and Cream Rhino® can be supplied as Series 1 or Series 2 as required.

Rhino® PVC-M Pressure Pipe Range and Dimensions

Rhino® PVC-M Fittings Range

Conventional socketed fittings conforming to AS/NZS 2280 – “Ductile Iron Pressure Pipes and Fittings” and WSAA TN2 are generally suited for use with Iplex Rhino® PVC-M Series 1 and 2 pressure pipes. A complete range of bends, tees, reducers, flange-spigot pieces and valves are available with rubber ring sockets ranging from DN100 to DN750.


Handling & Storage

Handling & Storage

Rhino® PVC-M Handling and Storage

Rhino® PVC-M pipes should be left in their packed units wherever possible until they are required to be installed.

Iplex Rhino® PVC-M Handling and Storage

Installation & Testing

Installation & Testing

Rhino® PVC-M Installation
Rhino® PVC-M Testing

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Iplex Rhino® PVC-M Thermoplastic Pressure Pipes interchangeable with PVC-U pressure pipes?

Yes. Rhino® it is interchangeable, however the effects of cyclic loading (high amplitudes and frequency pressure operations) should be checked. Also PVC-M is not as stiff as the equivalent PVC-U pressure pipe and this may be significant where negative pressure of high soil loadings occur.

Can a mixture of solvent weld joint fittings and ductile iron fittings be used in the same pipeline/system?

Yes. Both types of fittings can be used, however thrust blocks must be used when using ductile iron fittings with rubber ring joints.

Can Rhino® PVC-M pipes be used above ground?

Yes. However, Rhino® PVC-M Thermoplastic Pressure Pipes must be supported at regular intervals and must painted with light coloured acrylic based paint to reduce the effects of UV radiation. It is also recommended full circle supports surround the pipes and “padded” with compressible material (such as 3mm thick insertion rubber) protecting the exterior surface of the pipe from abrasion.

Is Rhino® PVC-M Thermoplastic Pressure Pipes suitable for us in compressed air lines?

No. PVC-M pipes are not suitable for use as compressed air lines. Polyethylene pipes may be used for these applications.

Can tapping saddles be used on Rhino® PVC-M Thermoplastic Pressure Pipes?

Yes. Tapping saddles can be used on PVC-M pipes. It should be noted it is important not to use a tapping saddle within 600mm of the pipe joint and if using multiple saddles, there must be a distance of at least 600mm between saddles.

Can Rhino® PVC-M pipe be used as bore casing?

Yes. However as PVC-M thermoplastic pressure pipes have thinner walls than PVC-U pipes of the same PN rating, a higher pressure rated PVC-M pipe must be used. 

The reference document for water drilling contractors is the Minimum Construction Requirements for Water Bores in Australia (MCR) which specifies that all PVC bore casing pipe shall be PVC-U to AS/NZS1477 with the minimum bore casing diameter of 100mm. The MCR excludes PVC-M pipe and is subject to discussion with the Australian Drillers Association, however some states it is understood that compliance with the MCR is mandatory.

The Plastics Industry Pipe Association of Australia (PIPA) has released an industry guideline POP105 PVC Pipes in Bore Casings which states in order to comply with the existing MCR only PVC-U pipes should be used, however in areas where compliance with the MCR is not mandatory it may be suitable to substitute PN16 PVC-M for the PN9 PVC-U pipe.

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