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Polyethylene Pipes and Manholes for Landfill-Applications


The control of gas and fluids in landfill application requires safe and applicable pipe-systems.
Due to environmental risks, the requirements for the raw-material and all finish and semi-finish products are much higher than for standard sewer applications. Also for welding and fabrication the quality-requirements are significantly higher. Special local approvals for raw-material, product, producer, welders and fabricators are often needed to simply enter the market. 

For more than 30 years High Density Polyethylene (PEHD) has been successfully used in landfill-applications. Especially the modern bimodal types of PEHD are the perfect material for the challenges we face in landfills and in contact with hazardous fluids and gases.

The excellent chemical resistance of polyethylene against a multitude of acids, lyes and organic hydrocarbons is a strong argument for using Polyethylene in Landfills.

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HENZE Double-Wall-Tanks with integrated tank-heating

HENZE is one of the market-leading manufacturer of large diameter plastic pipes. The pipes, made out of Polyethylene or Polypropylene are used for applications in water- and sewage systems and as industrial application as well. The spiral wound pipes can be produced either with a solid or profiled wall as structured pipes.

Especially the double wall structures enables HENZE to provide a high quality and security standard for industrial applications and interesting solutions for process-engineering (double wall tanks, heat- exchanger etc.)

The following brief-report shows the special application of storage- and treatment tanks, made of Polypropylene, for a bitumen-emulsion in road constructing.

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Testing of HDPE-manholes for fire hazard

Ministry of works - Bahrain


Manholes made of Polyethylene have been used successfully for more than 40 years Worldwide. It is a growing market and the advantages of manholes made of thermoplastic materials are well known:

  • No leakages
  • Easy handling
  • Low weight
  • Durability > 50 years
  • Impact resistance
  • Flexibility
  • High Strength
  • Tailor-made design for any load case
  • Easily Fabricated – important for future connections

In this case, the Ministry of Works – Bahrain had reservations concerning the possible flammability of the HDPE manholes during and after installation. These reservations had to be answered clearly and without any remaining doubt!

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Now proven: 100 Years life expectancy for Polyolefin sewer pipes

'Polyolefin sewer pipe systems have a service lifetime expectancy of at least 100 years.' This is the conclusion of a recent two-year project commissioned by TEPPFA and independently scrutinised by Professor Heinz Dragaun from the Technical School for higher education (TGM) in Vienna. The project involved the excavation of many samples from in-service pipe networks that were tested and assessed under meticulous laboratory conditions. The results of the analysis and findings of this work are expected to favourably influence those sewer operators faced with major capital investment in new or replacement networks.

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