Operations and Maint Session: Forego Fusion: Reusable Mechanical System for HDPE Piping Systems

  • Session: Operations and Maintenance
  • Tuesday, September 11, 2018
  • 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

High-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe’s low cost, ease of installation, and resistance to corrosion and decay makes it an ideal choice in the installation of field production and distribution systems. Fusion has long been the standard joining method for HDPE pipe, but new mechanical joining methods are proving promising for their ability to join HDPE quicker and easier without sacrificing performance.

This new engineered HDPE joining system provide a faster, simpler joining method, eliminating the need for fusing. There’s no equipment set-up or prep time, and joint completion time doesn’t depend on atmospheric conditions. Visual verification of a successful joint can be made, and the couplings also meet or exceed the performance capabilities of HDPE pipe, including working pressure, end pull load specifications and minimum bend radius requirements. This means the pipe can be pushed, dragged and subjected to temperature and pressure swings without concerns that the joints will disengage. The couplings can also be easily installed in vertical orientations as well as in tight spaces and reused from site to site. Designed for buried services, these systems also provide the ability to use on any underground applications.

This workshop will review the mechanics and advantages of this emerging technology and overview how site owners have realized cost savings, reduced labour costs and improved jobsite and worker safety. A hands on demonstration will follow the presentation.