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Advantages of High Density Polyethylene

Updated March 23, 2017

Although most people might not be aware of the existence of high density polythene, that doesn't mean they don't derive benefits from this versatile material. High density polythene --- also known as HDPE --- serves many purposes, usually taking the place of alternative piping materials, such as PVC and metal. It can be seen applied to many types of piping systems, ranging from electrical and gas to irrigation and water systems. HDPE has several advantages, which have led to its widespread use.

Flexibility

High density polythene is flexible. HDPE pipes can bend well outside the pipes diameter without breaking, which is a critical function, especially if serving as a surge pipe. Any breakage in a pipe can cause severe problems and issues.

Alternatively, this flexibility also allows it to work well in harsh terrain, which is critical since rarely isl terrain an ideal home for pipe fixtures.

Weight

HPDE is extremely lightweight, due to the density of the material. This not only makes installation easier, but also makes transporting HPDE a much easier process. The low weight combined with the large length options that high density polythene is available in, make it an ideal choice for the initial installation.

Friction

The smooth surface of HPDE limits material deposition, which is a negative factor on pipe fittings, ultimately inhibiting their ability to function.

Conductivity and Toughness

A key benefit to high density polythene lay in its low thermal conductivity, which allows it to function well, even in extreme temperatures. The material is also very resistant to abrasion, corrosion and cracks.

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