Technical Manual:
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Note by the CEO of SAPPMA:

SAPPMA published its Technical Manual for the first time in 2006 and this publication has played a significant role in the Plastics Pipe Industry since then. The purpose of the Manual is to assist design engineers in selecting the best material for specific applications and to provide general guidelines in the design of plastic pipe systems. This information is provided without any commercial bias. We have undertaken to continuously update the publication, resulting in the much-expanded Edition 4 you are now reading. Specific improvements include the updating of design aspects of buried pipelines, hydraulic flow and polymer properties. Information on Trenchless Pipe Technologies has also been included.

The importance of the role pipelines play in a country’s infrastructure can never be overemphasized; water distribution and sewage disposal in particular are absolute essential services also in terms of public health. To achieve successful, cost-effective and reliable pipe networks, certain key elements need to be in place. These include the following:

  • Correct engineering design in terms of hydraulics, soil mechanics and environmental considerations, including energy consumption
  • Comprehensive tender documentation, specifying the correct and relevant product standards
  • Choosing the best possible pipe and fitting manufacturers and checking their bona fides
  • Selecting the correct pipe material for the specific application and ensuring that only virgin polymer is used
  • Ensure that installation is done by certified contractors to the required standards
  • With the necessary care as above, plastic pipelines should provide trouble free service for up to 100 years.

Judging from past experience and comments, we are confident that this updated edition of our Pipe Manual will be well received and continue to serve a crucial role in the process outlined above.

In conclusion I sincerely thank all the individuals of the SAPPMA Technical Committee who contributed to this volume.

Jan Venter
September 2013