Since the last two decades, the application of PPR pipes is finding it’s commonplace, because of its cost-effectiveness, durability, and reliable service life. As a contractor, you may have been curious as to why some of the notable companies are selecting to produce PPR over PE and PVC pipes. In the following blog, we will be covering the basics of PPR pipes, their advantages, features along with its most common applications. So, let’s begin with the basics.What is PPR Pipe?
PPR pipe is a rigid and straight cylindrical pipe that is made up of Polypropylene Random Copolymer plastic, which is produced with a continuous extrusion process. They are mainly offered in white or green color and in outer diameter sizes which range from 20mm to 110mm which makes the pipe walls thicker compared to PVC. PPR pipes are accompanied by a series of connection parts, fittings, and accessories that are available for every pipe diameter.PPR Pipe Characteristics
- Long-Lasting Life and Durability
PPR piping systems can remain functional for more than 50 years in a wide range of fluid and environmental operating temperatures. More than that, PPR pipe also exhibits excellent durability in both cold and hot water systems. At first, it can ensure the temperature and pressure strain of hot water systems. And also, at the same time, PPR pipe is also able to withstand the impacts structurally even in cold weather installations without any risks of breaking or cracking unlike other common types of plastic pipes.
- Low Thermal Conductivity
The Thermal Conductivity of PPR is much lower which means that temperature cannot be conducted easily from the outside environment to the liquid in the pipe and vice versa. This factor also reduces the heat loss or gains during the transfer of cold or hot fluids respectively which results in energy-efficient systems and lower insulation costs for PPR pipes.
- Chemical & Mechanical Endurance
When it is compared with the conventional plastic piping systems, PPR pipes can offer much higher resistance against abrasion by hard particles. This is mainly important in cases of well water or industrial applications where the transferred liquids may contain abrasive particles. Adding to that, unlike metal piping, PPR is also inert to most of the electrolytes and chemicals over a wide range of temperatures. This inertness of electrolytic and chemicals makes PPR piping a safe choice for using in cases of high-water salinity.
- Efficient Inner Surface
The inner surface of PPR pies is smooth and has a very low friction coefficient, compared to traditional types of piping. This can result in a reduction of pressure losses during fluid transport and distribution which further contributes to the energy-efficient of PPR piping systems. Unlike metal pipes, PPR does not get flakes or scaled which makes them much safer to use.,
- Highly Ecological and Economic Efficiency
Because of the low weight of PPR pipe, their handling, transportation, and installation does not need high amounts of energy consumption or manual labor. At the same time, they are extremely easy to join, cut, and work with which makes them much more economically sustainable. Again, joining PPR pipes and fittings is solely performed through heat and does not need any additional chemicals or materials.Applications –
The durability, ecological and economic advantages of PPR have resulted in much increased and diverse applications of PPR Pipes in recent years.Most common applications include –
Cold and hot potable water pipes are in industrial, residential, and public installations. Industrial piping is used for transferring water, liquid food products, sanitary liquids, aggressive chemicals, and compressed air like highly acidic or alkaline solutions.
Dutco Tennant LLC offers high-class turnkey production lines for PPR pipes in several capacities and sizes in the Middle East. This covers the entire range of PPR pipe diameters. If you are in search of these solutions, then call us today.