Iplex ApolloBLUE™ Premium is a bi-axially oriented PVC pressure pipe for use in water supply infrastructure. Iplex manufactures the pipe using two new processes known as Biax Extrusion and Super Socketing, both of which are patented. This method of production, results in an exceptionally tough, high performance thermoplastic pipe with greatly enhanced physical characteristics, including greater impact resistance, higher ductility, improved fatigue resistance and reduced weight when compared with other PVC pipes. ApolloBLUE™ also provides increased hydraulic capacity due to its exceptionally smooth and enlarged bore.
Origin of ApolloBLUE™ Premium
Yorkshire Imperial Plastics in the United Kingdom, first developed oriented PVC pipe manufacture during the 1970s. It was found that by orienting the molecular structure of an extruded PVC material in the circumferential direction in a pipe wall, at elevated temperatures, there was a marked improvement in its physical properties, especially hoop strength.
Over the last seven years Wavin UK has carried out further developments. Their latest process uses biaxial orientation, which is a combination of radial and longitudinal expansion to enhance the overall pipe performance. Due to a technology sharing arrangement, Iplex is now in a position to introduce this more advanced technology to the Australian market.
ApolloBLUE™ pressure pipes are suitable for a range of buried applications including:-
- Major potable water supply trunk and reticulation mains
- Industrial process pipelines
- Recycled water pipelines
- Effluent pipelines for pumped sewage, industrial and rural wastes
- Slurry pipelines carrying corrosive mine waste water
- Irrigation and turf watering systems