Growth of Thermoplastic Pipe Use in Transportation Applications

In 1963, plastic pipe accounted for less than 1% of the pipe used in the transportation construction industry and was largely limited to occasional small-diameter sanitary sewer installations within the highway or roadbed right-of-way, or electrical conduit. As of 2013, plastic pipe, in all its various forms, accounts for nearly 20% of the pipe and structure market in the United States transportation industry. The segment of the plastic pipe industry that has had the greatest impact on the transportation industry in terms of volume used and diameters available is the HDPE pipe. In 1963, this industry did not exist in North America, and by 2012 it was producing in excess of 2 billion pounds of pipe a year in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. This paper presents an overview of how thermoplastic pipe is used in the U.S. transportation sector, including its historical development, standardization, and what the future may hold.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 34-48
  • Monograph Title: Culverts and Soil–Structure Interaction: Fifty Years of Change and a Twenty-Year Projection: Presentations from the 93rd Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board
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  • Accession Number: 01675960
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 24 2018 10:59AM