Fusible PVC® - Fusible C-900®, Fusible C-905®, FPVC®
Fusible PVC® products are segmented into 3 product lines
|Pipe Type||Sizes (Nominal OD)||Series||Dimension Ratios (DR)||Uses||Color
|Fusible C-900®||4" - 12"||DIPS||DR 14, 18, 25||Potable Water AWWA C900||Blue|
|Fusible C-905®||14" - 36"||DIPS||DR 14, 18, 21, 25, 32.5, 41||Potable Water AWWA C905||Blue|
|FPVC®||4" - 36"||DIPS, IPS, or Schedule||DR 14, 18, 21, 25, 26, 32.5, 41 and Sch.40, Sch.80||Non-Potable Water or Potable Water Applications not in C900/C905 Dimensions||Blue, Purple, Green, White, Grey|
*Not all diameters are extruded to all listed DR's. Please check our pipe dimensional data for available sizes.
- The Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI) publishes the industry standard for PVC formulation for pressure pipe in its Technical Report #2 (TR-2)
- Based on over 40 years of testing, PVC pressure pipe made to PPI TR-2 will have a Hydrostatic Design Basis (HDB) of 4000 psi - a basic requirement of PVC pressure pipe.
- The UGSI formulation is the result of determining the right ingredients and the amounts that are optimal for fusion with the UGSI fusion process and in conformance to PPI-TR-2
- UGSI's specific formulations are proprietary and patents are pending.
- UGSI's proprietary formulations meet C900/C905 and NSF 61 requirements.
- PVC fusion is performed on industry standard fusion equipment - which in some cases has been modified slightly
- The fusion equipment must be in good mechanical, hydraulic, and electrical condition for use in Fusible C-900®, Fusible C-905® and FPVC® applications
- All fusions are accomplished with a datalogger which records time and pressure for the duration of the fusion process. Initial heat plate temperature is also measured and recorded.
- Each fusion joint takes approximately 1.5 to 2 minutes per diameter-inch to be completed or about the same amount of time as an HDPE fusion joint. Site conditions, weather, pipe handling, etc. can affect the length of time to complete a fusion joint.
- All PVC fusion technicians are trained and qualified to the UGSI fusion process. Fusion qualifications are for specific pipe sizes and for a length of time, normally one year. Refresher training after each year is required based on level of experience.
- Testing of the fusion joint has been done in accordance with ASTM standards.
- Tensile-strength testing across butt-fused joint is done per ASTM D638.
- Burst testing of fused sections is done per ASTM D1599.
Applications for this technology cover every aspect of piping installations including both pressure and non-pressure situations in the water, sewer, electrical, industrial and telecommunications industries. Fusible C-900®, Fusible C-905® and FPVC® have been installed at over 5000 sites throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and New Zealand.
- Water Mains (AWWA C900, C905)
- Gravity Sewer and Force Mains
- Process Water
- Water Reuse
- Irrigation and Raw Water
- Storm Drains
- Electrical and Fiber Optic Conduit
Features & Benefits:
Fusible C-900®, Fusible C-905® and FPVC® pipes are often installed by cost saving trenchless methods including:
- Horizontal directional drilling
- Pipe bursting
Fusible C-900®, Fusible C-905® and FPVC® are competitive for traditional direct bury methods in situations where the lines require shoring, restrained joints and/or cathodic protection - all of which are costly, labor intensive and reduce daily production rates. Fusible C-900®, Fusible C-905® and FPVC® offer these advantages:
- Elimination of nearly all gasketed joints
- Restrained joints without external harnesses
- Larger flow area for the same outside diameter than HDPE
- Standard ductile iron and industrial pipe sizes
- Simple connection and reconnection
- Sizes range from 3" through 36" with larger sizes (42" and 48") to be available in the near future
Material and mechanical advantages of Fusible C-900®, Fusible C-905® and FPVC® include:
- PVC is today's most widely utilized pipe material in the United States
- Fusible PVC® pipe provides a monolithic, fully restrained, gasket free, leak-free piping system
- PVC has superior stiffness (modulus) compared to other plastic pipe which limits long term deformation under soil load
- High tensile strength (ASTM D638) of the fused joint (up to 7000 psi) allows for higher safe pulling stresses and consequently longer installation pull-in lengths
- Low wall thickness for given pressure requirement translates into highest flow per outer diameter (OD) dimension
- Fusible PVC® has a specific gravity of 1.40 - it will not float in a flooded trench
- PVC material properties have low time dependencies - the properties do not change over time - no pull-in relaxation period for example
- Standard waterworks fittings are used to tap, connect and change direction on Fusible PVC® pipe systems - eliminating the use of expensive transition fittings or fused-on fittings
- PVC resists hydrocarbon permeation better than other thermoplastic pipe systems (AWWA Research Foundation)
- PVC is more resistant to water disinfectant induced oxidation than other thermoplastic pipe systems
- PVC has been used for over 50 years - owner and contractor familiarity of the pipe is well established