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Impact of Petroleum-Based Hydrocarbons on PE/PVC Pipes And Pipe Gaskets

Researcher(s)

Principal investigator:

Co-principal investigator:

Project status

In progress

Start date: 02/01/04
End date: 02/02/07

Sponsor(s)/partner(s)

Sponsor(s): Awwa Research Foundation (AwwaRF)

About the research

Abstract: This three-year project will involve 1) surveying water utilities to determine their experiences with exposure of plastic pipes to gasoline, chlorinated solvents and other hydrocarbons; 2) testing of the performance of plastic pipes and elastomeric gaskets under realistic levels of hydrocarbon contamination, based on information obtained from the survey; and 3) development of accelerated life cycle tests that will predict the performance of plastic pipes and elastomeric gaskets under commonly encountered levels of environmental contamination.