The choice of electrical conduit is an important decision in an electrical system installation project. Beyond the price, one must consider the material’s performance as well as the service and technical assistance of the supplier. For underground cables, High-density polyethylene (HDPE) conduit is preferred more than metal, PVC, or other types of plastic conduits – that’s why the Acu-Comms communication conduit and Acu-Power electrical conduit has proved a favourite amongst cable layers and drilling contractors.
Why More Industries Are Choosing HDPE Pipes
High-density polyethylene pipes are known for their high strength-to-density ratio and resistance to corrosion. If properly maintained, they have a life expectancy of up to 100 years, making the pipes a cost-effective and long-term piping solution for heavy-duty use.
Acu-Power and Acu-Comms conduit comes in coils to facilitate installation, but are strapped on each layer, to allow the conduit to be progressively and safely unravelled, avoiding the conduit dangerously springing out of coil shape when the strap is cut. This has caused injury or near misses in recent years, but unfortunately the practice of dangerous strapping is still common in the industry.
Made from the thermoplastic polyethylene, HDPE Conduit have numerous advantageous characteristics:
- high ductility (flexible)
- high impact strength (strong)
- can be coloured for easy identification
- chemical resistant
- corrosion resistant
- good electrical insulator
Polyethylene Pipes as Electrical and Telecommunications Conduit
When buried below ground, electrical and telecommunications wires and cables are vulnerable to moisture, tree roots, chemicals, excavation damage, and even animals. Wire and cable damage can cost operations disruption and ultimately, time and money for households and businesses. When undetected and left unrepaired, damaged electrical cables present a risk of fire, electric shock, or personal injury.
Conduits like Acu-Tech’s Acu-Power and Acu-Comms HDPE conduit pipes have been proven effective for electrical wires and communications cables. They provide protection from physical impact, water or chemical contamination and other possible causes of damage in both dry and wet locations.
Acu-Tech also supplies cable Sub-Duct, installed within the conduit to further segregate and insulate cables. Bunches of electrical cables or Telstra communications wire are run within the sub-duct. For more information see www.acu-tech.com.au/products/telstra-subduct/.
Our Acu-Comms communications conduits come in white exterior for easy identification. They are available in 63mm and 110mm in diameter, coiled at lengths of 140, 150, 100 & 200m to encase wires and cables of all sizes – see www.acu-tech.com.au/systems/acu-comms/ for more information.
The Acu-Power electrical conduits have an orange exterior, and are available in 50mm, 63mm, 90mm, 110mm, 125mm, 140mm, and 160mm at various lengths – see www.acu-tech.com.au/systems/acu-power/ . Both electrical and telecommunications conduits can be custom-made to order if you require conduit at a certain size or length.
Since Acu-Tech HDPE Conduit can be installed through drilling, ploughing or open trench, the piping system does not require to be overhauled to be repaired or replaced, providing businesses savings on time and money spent on maintenance. Our pipes’ flexibility and availability in long lengths allow easy installation into existing conduits. Utilising trenchless installation, contractors can minimise the environmental impact of excavating.
Leading Provider of Pipeline Solution
Delivering high-performance thermoplastic pipe systems throughout Australia, Acu-Tech Piping Systems is a leading provider of pipeline solutions.
We provide HDPE pipes and fittings manufactured at our state-of-the-art 40,000m2 facility. Our pipes are backed by many years of research and have a track record for proven performance and exceptional durability.
Our PE pressure piping systems can be permanently situated underground, above the ground, slip lined or floating. They can be joined through various methods such as welding, fusion or electrofusion, reducing the need for additional wires, cables or ducts.
Acu-Tech is also part of a national network of companies, allowing us to provide our clients with unmatched buying power, large inventories and years of combined experience. Our buying powers allow us to import top quality products from established international pipe fitting manufacturers.
As a client-centred company, we are committed to delivering the highest quality service and support to our clients. We also recognise the importance of upholding the standards of the pipe fitting industry and invest in providing comprehensive welding training.
For more information, get in touch with our helpful sales team today.
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