Plastic tubing is one type of tubing made with plastic compounds. It is best for using fluid flow and structural systems. These types of tubes are very lightweight and versatile, which makes them very common to use for fluids, hydraulic, medical, and other applications. Users can make the changes on the material as per their requirements—no matter whether you need flexibility on tubing, and rigidity.
The most crucial thing in the tubing is the plastic material, and every physical property depends on the same. Below are some of the popular plastic materials used in tubings.
- Ethyl Vinyl Acetate (EVA): This type of plastic exhibits a high impact of strength. It has low-temperature property, which helps it to resist oil, grease, and various weather elements. The EVA tube is considered as one of the best solutions for pharmaceutical and surgical applications.
- Fluoropolymers: This type of plastic tubing is being used in almost every industry and technology. It has excellent temperature resistance, and this is the best to solve all kinds of chemical-related problems. This tubing is perfectly suited for low and high-temperature applications as well as corrosion protection purposes.
- Nylon: This is another type of plastic tubing, and it has great chemical and temperature resistance. Nylon comes with excellent elastic memory, which can withstand continued flexing without showing signs of any damage or wear over a long time.
- Polyketones: It’s a type of high-performance thermoplastics that is cost-effective and offers good solvent resistance.
Qualities of Plastic tubing:
Resistance to corrosion:
Corrosion is one big problem that comes in the metal piping system, and it can occur for both sides of the pipe. A lot of cities around the world are using this type of pipes in their water supply system to tackle the corrosion problem, and it also gives cathodic protection, sleeving, plastic coating, etc. There are many types of traditional pipe materials, and none can match the chemical resistance properties plastic tubing offers.
Unlike conventional tubing materials like steel, ductile iron, copper, aluminium pipes, etc., this type of pipes does not need much energy to produce. It uses less energy for transport, installation, maintenance, handling, etc. If you compare, steel tubing is eight times denser than PE and PVC pipes; and that makes plastic tubing easier to install without any heavy lifting machines.
Smaller risk of leakage:
30% leakage happens due to the usage of the pipes made of traditional materials like iron, steel, and concrete. Since plastic tubings offer more flexibility, it doesn’t pose the same failure risk that occurs to other pipes due to concrete or metal cracking. Most of the time, plastic pipes are enough sturdy to prevents deformation. They always have lesser joints, which make them more robust, and they are less liable to leakage.
Plastic tubing can be installed using the ‘trenchless’ technique without interrupting the regular traffic and surrounding conditions in the busy city roads. In the trenchless method, a drilling machine is used to drill a continuous borehole horizontally below the ground. When drilling reaches the borehole end, they attach the plastic pipe to the driller, and it pulls back the pipe through the hole. With a great combination of properties like flexibility, corrosion resistance and tensile strength, plastic pipes are the ideal candidate to be used with the trenchless technique.
Plastic tubing has a service life around 100 years, and after that, manufacturers can easily collect those and rework with it. It is effortless to recycle and turn them into other products during their lifetime.
Plastic tubing is a leading material to be used in various infrastructure, transportation, and industrial applications. Modern cities largely use them in energy, water and other public service sectors due to its excellent recyclable ability, which makes it environmentally sustainable, yet a cost-effective solution.