Evaluation of Thermoplastic Drainage Pipe Designs in Europe and North America

by Jey K. Jeyapalan, American Ventures, Inc, Redmond, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structures for Enhanced Safety and Physical Security


The last 10 years have seen significant increase in the use of plastic pipe for drainage systems in North America in comparison to Europe. Many plastic pipe products have included corrugations, profiles, and cores to be able to compete better in larger sizes against both extruded smoothwalled thermoplastics and traditional pipe materials. Although many of these new developments in thermoplastic pipes are from Europe, for several reasons these new pipe materials and production processes just could not find an economically viable market niche in Europe and have however, found a much easier and quicker penetration in North America. It is important for the design engineers and the specifying agencies in North America to know the significant differences in the manner in which these pipe products are manufactured, designed and specified across both sides of the Atlantic. The primary purpose of this paper is to provide an objective evaluation of the engineering principles and practices driving the design philosophies in North America and Europe.

Subject Headings: Plastic pipes | Plastic design | Hydraulic design | Pipe materials | Drainage | Drainage systems | Pipeline materials | Soil-pipe interaction | Europe | North America

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