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RESULTS OF A STUDY OF THE RESIDUAL LIFESPAN OF HDPE PIPES USED IN PIPE REPLACING OPERATIONS EMPLOYING PIPE BURSTING AND

PIPE SPLITTING NO-DIG TECHNOLOGIES.


PLASTIC PIPES XII
19th-22th April 2004 Grand Dino Hotel, Milan

Torre Carlo A.M.G.A. S.p.A. Div Saster Pipe Genoa, Italy

Just few words about No-Dig renewing technologies


Most of renewing nodig technologies has been designed at the scope to insert a new pipe into an existing old pipe Most of these technologies employing PEHD pipe as liner

Slip Lining is simple, fast and cheap

Roll Down is a close-fit technology. For this application, we use standard PEHD pipes deformed on field

Compact Pipe is another close-fit technology. For this application we use a special PEHD pipe deformed just after the extrusion

Subcoil and Compact SlimLiner are interactive close-fit technologies. For booth applications we use a very thin folded PEHD pipe

and what about pipe replacing?

Pipe Bursting is a No-Dig technology designed to replace a fragile old pipe (grey cast iron, PVC, concrete, asbestos cement, etc) with a new pipe in PEHD.

and pipe splitting?

It is a No-Dig technology, similar to pipe bursting, designed to replace a ductile old pipe (carbon steel, PE, ductile iron, etc) with a new pipe in PEHD

Just a look on two significant replacing projects

Mantova-Italy chemical plant


Existing pipe: carbon steel ND 10, 12, 14, 16, from 6,6 to 9,4 mm w.t. Depth:> 1,0 < 1,7 m Lenght: 1500 meters New pipe: PE100, SDR 11, ED 250, 315, 355, 400 mm Soil: floodplain gravel in a clayay template Technology: Pipe Splitting

Trieste-Italy gas distribution network


Existing pipe: grey cast iron ND 100 mm Depth:> 1,3 < 2,5 m Lenght: 250 meters New pipe: PE80, SDR 17, ED 125 mm Soil: large component of fragmented carsic rock Technology: Pipe Bursting

any consequences on the PE pipe surface after splitting?

and after bursting?

How can we limit the effects of the scratches on the PE surface ?


Using the right PE raw materials Knowing and testing the soils before Choosing the right pulling speed Checking the PE surface during the pulling Using +1 step of SDR

and using the right tools/equipment

and how we can test the effects of the scratches ?


Making a visual evaluation of the final results Measuring the real depth of the scratches Testing the PE pipe according to the standards

Why do we need to test?


Because we dont have any dedicated EU standards for these No-Dig technologies Because pipe replacing technologies are quickly growing in gas, water and oil fields

which tests?
Hydrostatic pressure testing with notches (Slow crack propagation) (EN 921) Tensile properties: stress at yield, elongation at break (ISO 6259)

and micrometric surface test


it enables us to verify that the real scratches are usually lower than 10% of the wall thickness

after all that

based on our experience of more than 90.000 meters of gas & water pipes replaced using pipe bursting & splitting

based on tre results of the mentioned tests, made by a qualified research center (IIP)

and based on the tests made by the end user of some of the projects (Italgas)

We can state that pipe bursting and splitting are technologies applicable in many cases

successful

and safe