What is HDPE Pipe?

Acu-Tech's Poly Pipes are environmentally friendly - these HDPE enviropipes are more sustainable than using steel or concrete pipes.

HDPE Pipe is a robust, flexible piping system, used for fluid and gas transfer across the world.

Polyethylene’s toughness, immunity from corrosion, excellent resistance to chemicals and low weight have contributed to its continued appeal for use in situations where cost-effective and reliable piping systems are required.

Wikipedia states: “HDPE is known for its large strength to density ratio. The density of HDPE can range from 930 to 970 kg/m3. Although the density of HDPE is only marginally higher than that of low-density polyethylene, HDPE has little branching, giving it stronger inter-molecular forces and tensile strength than LDPE. The difference in strength exceeds the difference in density, giving HDPE a higher specific strength. It is also harder and more opaque and can withstand somewhat higher temperatures (120 °C/ 248 °F for short periods). High-density polyethylene, unlike polypropylene, cannot withstand normally required autoclaving conditions. The lack of branching is ensured by an appropriate choice of catalyst (e.g., Ziegler-Natta catalysts) and reaction conditions.

The physical properties of HDPE can vary depending on the moulding process that is used to manufacture a specific sample; to some degree a determining factor are the international standardised testing methods employed to identify these properties for a specific process. For example, in rotational moulding, to identify the enviro nmental stress crack resistance of a sample, the Notched Constant Tensile Load Test (NCTL) is put to use. Owing to these desirable properties, pipes constructed out of HDPE are ideally applicable for potable water[8], and waste water (storm and sewage).” See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-density_polyethylene

Harnessing the power and advantages of polyethylene, Acu-Tech manufactures robust high-performance polyethylene pressure pipes for a wide range of applications.


HDPE Pressure Pipes can be used for the following applications:

Types of HDPE Pipe

Backed with experience in working with Australia’s industrial, mining, utilities and plumbing sectors, our products and services are developed purposely to provide each sector with best-fitting solutions.

Acu-Tech’s HD-PE100 pipe comes in 20 mm to 800 mm in lengths and coils. Clients have the option of striping or full coating for system-specific colour coding. See www.acu-tech.com.au/products/pe-pressure-pipe/

Polyethylene’s toughness, immunity from corrosion, excellent resistance to chemicals and low weight has contributed to its continued appeal for use in situations where cost-effective and reliable piping systems are required. HDPE’s ability to be easily recycled makes it very environmentally friendly – these poly enviro-pipes are more sustainable than using steel or concrete pipes.

Other modified poly materials can be used to make HDPE Pipe – such as the Qenos HSCR pipe, made from RCD Alkadyne HCR193B material, which is an improvement of PE100 material, and increases the pipe’s resistance to cracking. See www.acu-tech.com.au/products/hscr-and-rcd-pipe/

To see other types of HDPE Pipe, look at the photos at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HDPE_pipe

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the difference between Polyethylene and HDPE? HDPE is actually a type of Polyethylene, (High Density Poly-Ethylene) which has been modified to give it a high level of impermeability and strong molecular bond, making it suitable for high pressure pipelines.

Are PE and Polyethylene the same thing? Yes – P.E. stands for Polyethylene, which is a thermoplastic derived from petroleum, discovered in 1898 by accident!

Can High Density Polyethylene be recycled? Yes – HDPE is commonly recycled, and has the number “2” as its resin identification code.

Is HDPE and PE100 the same thing? No – PE100 is a class of HDPE, with the ‘100’ referring to the Minimum Required Strength (MRS), which is based on the long-term strength of the respective materials, in accordance with ISO 12162. Current standards call for PE100 – PE80 is the next grade down from PE100, and PE120 is the next grade up (although it is still in development). Each grade is developed to withstand its environment and issues from previous grades, such as Rapid Crack Propagation, Slow Crack Growth, or Chemical Resistance.

What does MRS poly pipe mean? In HDPE Pipe terms, MRS stands for “Minimum Required Strength” (MRS). Poly Pipe MRS is always calculated at an ambient temperature of 20°C, and is the minimum required strength at which PE compound is defined. The MRS is the lower predicted limit of the hydrostatic strength at a time of 50 years, rounded down.


Disclaimer: As always with information supplied by Acu-Tech Piping Systems, we supply it as a guide in the interest of better understanding of technical properties of our products. However, the application of such information may involve engineering judgements which cannot be correctly made without intimate knowledge of all the conditions pertaining to a specific installation. Acu-Tech Piping Systems does not act as a consultant in this regard; the responsibility for the use of any information or advice contained herein rests solely with the user. It should not be used in place of a professional engineer’s judgement or advice and it is not intended as installation instructions. See full disclaimer at: https://www.acu-tech.com.au/information-disclaimer/.

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