Dec 12, 2017

Fusion-free solution for poly pipes

Fusion-free solution for poly pipes

Victaulic’s Refuse-to-Fuse system offers a mechanical joining solution for high density polyethylene (HDPE) poly pipes that promises to match the performance of fusion.

HDPE is the fastest-growing piping material in mining, commercial and industrial applications, with adoption expected to increase by 5 per cent per year.

The Refuse-to-Fuse system overcomes the hurdles that harsh weather and strict certification barriers typically present for fusing installations across sites in Australia.

The company says its system will increase installation efficiencies and decrease cost to Australian businesses in a range of industries and applications.

“While butt fusion and electrofusion were previously accepted as the standard in joining techniques, these methods of installation are frequently delayed or compromised due to the challenging conditions on many Australian sites,” Victaulic vice president-general manager of South Asia Pacific David Sharkey said.

Victaulic says Refuse-to-Fuse meets or exceeds the performance of fused joints, and can be installed up to 10 times faster with common hand tools in any weather condition.

“Installed simply by tightening two bolts and nuts, no expensive specialty equipment is required and pipe-end preparation is minimal,” Mr Sharkey said.

“The lack of specialty equipment and pipe end preparation means that special training or fusion-certified installers aren’t necessary either, allowing skilled tradespeople to work on more demanding areas of the project.”

Formulated to meet the Australian water industry’s WaterMark standard of excellence, the system can be supplied with a Fusion Bonded Epoxy coated housing.

Xylan-coated bolts and nuts ensure protection against corrosion in underground buried water lines and outdoor lines exposed to the elements.

The gasket is comprised of EPDM grade rubber formulated specifically for water systems.

Vicatulic’s mechanical joining products for HDPE include couplings for both plain-end HDPE pipe (63mm – 225mm) and grooved-end HDPE pipe (250mm-1200mm).


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