An Investigation of Field Performance of Reinforced Plastic Mortar Pipes

by Jey K. Jeyapalan, Univ of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA,
Wesley E. Saleira, Univ of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA,
Michael Thiyagaram, Univ of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA,
B. A. Magid, Univ of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Pipeline Infrastructure


Every year many new pipe materials appear on the market for various applications. One of the important factors the design engineer and the user should consider while evaluating new products is to study in detail the track record of similar pipeline materials in comparable applications. In this regard, data on past field performance of glass reinforced plastic mortar pipes are valuable. Several case histories of field performance of Reinforced Plastic Mortar (RPM) pipelines are discussed in this paper. The characteristics of the materials used in these pipeline walls are reviewed with the aid of experimental data. The problems associated with the quality control during manufacture of these pipelines are also discussed. Possible causes of failure and lessons learned from these field experiences are summarized.

Subject Headings: Field tests | Plastic pipes | Mortars | Material properties | Glass reinforced plastics | Case studies | Material tests | Pipe materials

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