Lightweight materials have come to the underground pipeline industry. A new pipe developed by a University of Arizona researcher uses layers of carbon fiber fabric and a lightweight plastic honeycomb layer. The pipe is lighter, uses less energy to transport, and is reportedly more leak-resistant than its steel and concrete counterparts. Those are all attributes that signal resource performance improvements. What’s even more interesting about InfinitPipe though is that it can be fabricated on the go using mobile machinery. Raw materials for the pipe are shipped to a site in a compact form, saving on transportation-related resources. Then a pipeline is constructed using relatively simply machinery - no resource-intensive factory required.
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