An Evaluation of Fiberglass Pipe Made by Three Different Manufacturing Processes for use in Water Transmission Projects

by Jey K. Jeyapalan,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Pipeline Infrastructure II


Fiberglass pipe is made primarily using continuous filament wound process, discontinuous helical filament wound process, and centrifugal cast process. Some 40 countries around the world has used fiberglass pipe made by these methods and have had mixed results. In a recent assignment to an international funding agency, the author has evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of these three different kinds of pipe for use in water transmission projects. The projects considered in this detailed study were as follows: History Details of Manufacturing Methods Applications Capabilities Standards Design Philosophies Testing Methods Bedding Past Problems and Solutions Future Projections This paper provides a concise account of the results of this investigation. Those design engineers involved in water transmission projects will find this paper quite useful.

Subject Headings: Water pipelines | Project management | Plastic pipes | Synthetic materials | Fiber reinforced polymer | Power transmission | Pipes

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