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Characterization of Polyethylene Pipe Properties Through Advanced Metrology Techniques

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Industrial Engineering in the Industry 4.0 Era (ISPR 2023)


This study utilized advanced characterization techniques to evaluate the quality and performance of polyethylene (PE) pipes for water and gas applications. Three pipe types were examined: PE100 for water (blue and black) and PE80 for gas (yellow). Computed tomography quantified porosity, revealing 2.3 times higher void fraction in black PE100 vs yellow PE80 pipes. Surface roughness metrics showed black PE100 pipes had the smoothest internal surface (Ra 1.459 μm) attributed to its carbon black pigment. Friction coefficients indicated yellow PE80 pipes exhibited the highest resistance to fluid flow (f = 0.0221) among the three. These findings have significant implications on pipe quality control and selection for manufacturers and end users. The results demonstrate how factors like polymer composition and pigments influence critical performance metrics like porosity, surface roughness and friction.

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I would like to express my deepest gratitude to my family, who have always been there for me, believed in me, and encouraged me to pursue my goals. I am thankful to the Erasmus program for providing me with the invaluable opportunity to broaden my horizons and gain precious research experience abroad. My sincere thanks to TU Wien for the excellent support system and wealth of equipment resources they provided, which greatly facilitated my writing of this paper. I am grateful to Netbor for generously permitting the use of the polyethylene pipe samples analyzed in this study. This research would not have been possible without them. I wish to recognize the assistance of my esteemed co-authors, whose insights and direction were instrumental. I am tremendously appreciative of the contributions of all who helped make this work achievable.

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Bayrakçıl, M.D., Bodur, O., Klein, M., Walcher, EM., Poszvek, G., Jalowiec, M. (2024). Characterization of Polyethylene Pipe Properties Through Advanced Metrology Techniques. In: Durakbasa, N.M., Gençyılmaz, M.G. (eds) Industrial Engineering in the Industry 4.0 Era. ISPR 2023. Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering. Springer, Cham.

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