PE Thermal Properties

Polyethylene pipes can be used at temperatures ranging from -50 °C to +60 °C.

At higher temperatures, the tensile strength and stiffness of the material are reduced. Therefore, please consult the pressure-temperature diagram. For temperatures below 0 °C it must be ensured, as for every other material that the medium does not freeze, consequently damaging the piping system.

Like all thermoplastics, PE shows a higher thermal expansion than metal. GF PE has a coefficient of linear thermal expansion of 0.15 to 0.20 mm/m K, which is 1.5 times greater than that of e. g. PVC. As long as this is taken into account during the planning of the installation, there should be no problems in this regard.

The thermal conductivity is 0.38 W/m K. Because of the resulting insulation properties, a PE piping system is notably more economical in comparison to a system made of a metal like copper.

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