Dealing with gaseous liquids such as fuel is challenging. Businesses not only worry about whether a problem with the pipes used to transport the gaseous liquids will become damaged, which can result in an explosion or fire, but they also worry about an undetected leak allowing the gaseous liquid to seep into the groundwater.
The development of thermoplastic which is used for products such as Anabeeb Pipes, made transporting the gaseous liquids a great deal safe.
What are Thermoplastic Pipes
To make thermoplastic pipes, polymer resins are heated, poured into a mold, and then allowed to cool. The heating process doesn’t alter the chemistry of the polymer resins, just makes them malleable. The pipes made via this process are reliable, resist corrosion, are flexible, and affordable.
The process of creating thermoplastic pipes was first developed in the 1960’s. At the time, no one paid much attention to the new pipes, preferring to continue to use steel pipes for the underground transportation of gaseous fluids. It wasn’t until the late 1980’s that construction and gas companies realized just how many benefits were connected to installing thermoplastic pipes.
Three Benefits of Transporting Gaseous Liquids in Thermoplastic Pipes
There are many benefits connected to burying thermoplastic pipes and using them transport gaseous liquids such as fuel.
Thermoplastic Pipes Resist Corrosion
For years, metal pipes were buried beneath gas stations and building sites and gaseous liquids were pumped through those pipes. The system works well for a short period of time but eventually, the metal start to corrode until a leak develops. The more alkaline the soil, the sooner the metal damages. Thermoplastic pipes are corrosion resistant, even when they’re buried in soil that has a high alkaline level or that is prone to high levels of moisture. The lack of corrosion significantly reduces the risk of a gas leak that can contaminant the ground water.
Most businesses are great about factoring the purchase price of the pipes they intend to use for the underground transportation of gaseous fluids. What many forget to calculate is cost of shipping the pipes. Thermoplastic is quite lightweight, weighing approximately 1/8 what a metal pipe of the same size weighs. Since shipping cost is calculated by freight weight, the thermoplastic results in a reduced shipping bill.
The cost savings don’t stop with the shipping. The lighter weight means less wear and tear on construction equipment while the thermoplastic pipes are being moved about the site and as they’re laid in the ground. Since thermoplastic is more flexible than metal, there’s less risk of the pipes getting damaged before they’re buried.
Another area that results in big savings is insulation. Metal pipes require a great deal of insulation in order for the gaseous fluid flowing through the pipes to remain at the optimal temperature. Thermoplastic pipes have low thermal conductivity which means there is very little heat loss, which means a significant reduction in the amount of piping insulation needed.
Thermoplastic pipes have optimal flow rates. The gaseous fluid flows through with a Hazan and Williams C Factor of 150 or more. This means that moving the gaseous liquid from one end of the pipe to the other requires significantly less horsepower, allowing the site to use smaller, energy efficient pumps.
Thermoplastic Pipes Are Flexible
Most piping options are rigid, which makes it difficult to navigate both uneven terrain and tight quarters. In comparison to other types of pipes used to transport gaseous fluids, thermoplastic pipes are extremely flexible. Not only does this mean they’re a good choice for small and undulating work sites, but that they can also be slid into non-plastic pipes that are already at the work site. Once inside the non-plastic pipe, the Anabeeb thermoplastic pipe serves as a durable insertion liner.
The incredible flexibility of thermoplastic pipes means that they have a high crush strength, making them a good choice for locations that experience a great deal of seismic activity.
Given the benefits connected to thermoplastic pipes, it’s easy to understand why so many businesses that deal with gaseous liquids no longer like working with steel pipes.