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Iplex Rhino® PVC-M pressure pipes are high performance thermoplastic pipes, 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.

Material Properties

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.

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