Plastic PVC, CPVC Pipe Applications

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Plastic PVC, CPVC Pipe Applications

Chart gives material characteristics for plastic PVC, CPVC, other pipes commonly found within industrial and residential use within North America.

General Properties
Recommended Use
Operating Temperature
Typical assembly or joining methods
Pressure Applied Pressure NOT Applied
ABS (Acrylonitrilebutadiene styrene)
Rigid; excellent impact strength at low temperatures; maintains rigidity at higher temperatures. Water, Drain, Waste, Vent, Sewage. 100°F 180°F Solvent cement, Threading, Transition fitting.
PE (Polyethylene)
Flexible; excellent impact strength; good performance at low temperatures. Water, Gas, Chemical, Irrigation. 100°F 180°F Heat fusion, Insert and Transition fitting.
PVC (Polyvinylchloride)
Rigid; fire self-extinguishing; high impact and tensile strength. Water, Gas, Sewage, Industrial process, Irrigation. 100°F 180°F Solvent cement, Elastomeric seal, Mechanical coupling, Transition fitting.
CPVC (Chlorinated polyvinyl chloride)
Rigid; fire self-extinguishing; high impact and tensile strength. Hot and cold water, Chemical. 180°F at 100 psig Solvent cement, Threading, Mechanical coupling, Transition fitting.
Flexible; good performance at high temperatures. Water, Gas, Irrigation. 180°F 200°F Insert fitting, Heat fusion, Transition fitting.
PP (Polypropylene)
Rigid; very light; high chemical resistance, particularly to sulfur-bearing compounds. Selected Chemical waste and processing. 100°F 180°F Mechanical coupling, Heat fusion, Threading.
SR (Styrene rubber plastic)
Rigid; moderate chemical resistance; fair impact strength. Drainage, Septic fields. 150°F Solvent cement, Transition fitting, Elastomeric seal.

Adapted from materials provided by the Plastics Pipe institute

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