Wednesday 8:00 AM
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Room: Diamond

Characteristics of Thermoplastic Butt Fusion Joints

Thermoplastic pipes are used in a variety of applications, such as natural gas distribution, water distribution, hot-and-cold water, and various industrial applications. Butt fusion is perhaps the most common method of joining thermoplastic pipe. For many years, polyethylene (PE) pipe has been successfully joined by the butt fusion method in many applications. More recently, poly (vinyl chloride) (PVC) pipe has been joined by butt fusion. The purpose of this paper is to compare the characteristics of butt fusion joints for different thermoplastic pipes in standard tests performed similarly for each type of pipe. The long-term performance of thermoplastic pipes used in these applications is dependent on the integrity and quality of the joining method, which many times is butt fusion. This butt fusion technique is selected for thermoplastic pipe because, when properly done, the butt fusion joints provide a leak-free system with very good long-term performance.

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.