"Polyethylene has exceptional strength and abrasion resistance"

Polyethylene is now in widespread use for industrial pipework systems, as well as for buried gas and water pipelines, where it is the dominant material.

One of the major benefits is that Polyethylene is virtually unbreakable due to impact at temperatures above 5°C, and remains very tough at temperature as low as -40°C. It is also exceptionally resistant to abrasion, and will outlast steel or other hard materials in most slurry handling applications.

Polyethylene is relatively low in weight, and its flexibility makes it suitable for temporary pipelines which are lain on rough ground or where buried in unstable ground conditions.

It has very good chemical resistance, and will withstand most acids and caustic substances. It is insoluble in all organic and inorganic solvents at 20°C, but it will not resist strong oxidising acids.

The Agruline range of PE now includes PE100-RC which has exceptional resistance against slow crack growth.

Polyethylene is joined by heat, and both socket fusion and butt fusion welding equipment is available for sale or hire from IPS.


About Polyethylene

Learn more about the characteristics, properties and pressure ratings of Polyethylene.



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As a reliable, professional supplier, AGRU offers everything from semi-finished products through to technologically optimised injection moulded fittings, all from a single source. Founded back in 1948 by Alois Gruber senior in Austria, nowadays the company is one of the world’s most important single-source suppliers for high-quality piping systems, semi-finished products, concrete protection liners and lining systems made from engineering plastics. With its expertise in producing engineering plastics components and developing tailored solutions, AGRU is present in virtually every sector of industry. Application areas include water and gas infrastructure, the energy sector, chemical and heavy industries, semiconductor and life-sciences, tank and apparatus building, naval and aviation industries, civil engineering and mining, and building construction. The possibilities opened up by Agru are manifold, just as the requirements of the worldwide customers are diverse.

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