Wednesday 7:30 AM
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Room: Diamond

How to Design Against Long Running Cracks in Plastic Pipe for Water Applications

It is well known that long running cracks occur in metal pipe and plastic pipe - this is a phenomenon known as Rapid Crack Propagation (RCP). RCP has occurred in some plastic and metal pipes used for water distribution and the results have been some very long cracks, with rapid cracks propagating hundreds of feet. This paper will review the history of RCP testing for plastic pipe and the key test methods that have been developed. Based on the RCP research and testing that has been conducted on plastic pipe, the industry now knows how to design a plastic pipe system to prevent RCP. The key focal point of this paper will be to provide guidance for the water design engineer on how to prevent the occurrence of long-running cracks in their plastic pipe system.

Moderator:  Jeff Musinski


Wes Long - Performance Pipe
Wes is the Sales Manager of Performance Pipe, a division of Chevron Phillips Chemical Company with 23 years experience and a BSME degree from Florida State University.  He has held positions with the same company in engineering, manufacturing and sales.