Experimental Researches on the Behavior of Polypropylene Pipes at the Physical-mechanical Testing

Elena Valentina Stoian, Maria Cristiana Enescu, Ivona Camelia Petre, Ruxandra Elena Bratu, Vasile Bratu, Carmen Otilia Rusanescu
2019 Materiale plastice  
Lately, PP-R pipes have become increasingly popular in terms of drinking water installations and heating. Comparated to the classic pipes from copper or steel, pipes from propylene are much easier to use, they have obvious qualities and they are marketed at a much lower price. The study aims a comparative analysis of the physical-mechanical properties of the four most common types of pipes from propylene, which are currently found in commerce : simple without insertion(PP-R), with insert of
more » ... with insert of composite fiber (PP-R-CF), with insert of basalt fiber (PP-R-BF) and with insert of aluminium (PP-R-AIF). Experimental research showed that from the point of view of thermal expansion, the best behavior is from the pipes from propylene without any insert and the value of the thermal expansion coefficient for the reinforcement pipe with basaltic fiber is very small. After these attempts at tensile, it resulted that all four samples which were analyzed from the point of view of the tensile strength, don�t exceed the limit that was given by the manufacturer (10-30 MPa), the values obtained being: for pipe from polypropylene of 17 MPa, for pipe from polypropylene with insert of aluminium of 18 MPa, for the test tube from pipe of polypropylene with insert of basalt fiber of 29 MPa and for the test tube from pipe of polypropylene with insert of composite fiber of 30 MPa. Therefore, from the point of view of the behavior at tensile and bending, the best behavior is from the pipes from polypropylene with insert of basalt fiber and pipes from polypropylene with insert of composite fiber.
doi:10.37358/mp.20.2.5347 fatcat:fgru33aglfe6ffov2am6nq6ttq