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Testing Large Plastic Pipe



If you’re in the plastics industry, you’re probably no stranger to tests like ASTM D638, ASTM D695, or ASTM D790 to help you identify mechanical properties of your plastic materials. But what happens when that is not enough? Those mechanical tests allow you to identify tensile strengths, compressive strengths, and flexural strengths of your material compound, but that doesn’t always provide the full picture of how your final product will perform in the field.

For plastic pipe manufacturers, understanding how final products and assemblies will react in field conditions is paramount. Installing a pipeline that is miles long may require fusing hundreds or even thousands of pipe sections together, and one bad connection may be all it takes to lead to a disaster. Testing the longitudinal strength of full plastic pipe sections and their fused connections allows a manufacturer to better control their extrusion and fusing processes. This can keep a minor production or processing issue from turning into a disaster out in the field.
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