Plastics Pipe Institute: Free On-Line Tool
The Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc., Irving, TX/USA, launches a new, free, on-line plastic pipe pressure design software for water distribution, transmission main systems and force mains. Called PPI PACE for Plastics Pipe Institute Pipeline Analysis & Calculation Environment, the Beta version is available at www.ppipace.com.
Standards used in PPI PACE include AWWA C900, AWWA C901, AWWA C905, AWWA C906, along with ASTM F714 and ASTM D2241.
Input parameters for PPI PACE include Type of Materials and Pipe Size, Pipeline Length, Design Velocity for Recurring and Occasional Surges, Working Pressure, Anticipated Recurring Surges, Temperature, and Minimum Design Life. PPI PACE produces a summary report and then pressure and life charts comparing PE4710, ASTM-F714, PE4710 AWWA-C906 and PVC AWWA-C900, for example.
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