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Manufacturing heat and impact resistant UPVC pipes and fittings using nanoparticles by an Iranian company

News Date : 2016-07-23 News Visited Count : 424
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Pishgam Plast Ahvaz Co. is pioneer in manufacturing UPVC pipe and plumbing fittings by applying nanotechnology. The nanotechnology-improved products have shown higher mechanical and thermal properties compared to their traditional counterparts. The main application of these fittings is in buildings' plumbing systems.
Polyvinyl chloride, usually known as PVC, is the third-most commonly used synthetic polymer product after polyethylene and polypropylene. PVC comes in both rigid and flexible forms. The flexibility of PVC can be enhanced by addition of proper plasticizers. Unplasticized polyvinyl chloride (uPVC) does not contain any plasticizer so it behaves as a completely rigid polymer. UPVC is extensively used in the building industry as low maintenance pipes and fittings.
According to Gholamreza Abbasi Noorabadi, the CEO of Pishgam Plast Ahvaz Co., given the high maintenance cost of building installations, using the nanotechnology-enhanced products manufactured by this company significantly reduces the maintenance expenses of the piping systems. These pipes and fittings have higher heat and impact resistance than conventional ones.
Regarding the role of nanotechnology in developing novel products, he added, "nanofillers increase the strength, module and toughness of the polymer matrix. These interesting properties are obtained due to the high specific surface area of the nanoparticles".
Pishgam Plast Ahvaz Co. has received the ISO9001 certificate from the American Geriatrics Society in 2008. In addition, the company has been awarded by the general office of the standard and industrial research of Khuzestan province as the selected production unit in the this province in two consecutive years of 1386 and 1387. Currently, the production rate of UPVC fittings is more than 100 ton per year. These products received the NanoScale certificate in 1394 from Iran nanotechnology initiative council.
Concerning the improvement of the quality of the products and promoting the spirit of healthy competition between companies manufacturing piping and plumbing fittings, Abbasi Noorabadi also suggested, "despite that the production of PVD pipes and fittings require mandatory standards, these standards are not met in the mass production by more than 90% of the production units. This issue has led to decrease in the quality of the products and destructive competition in pricing. Therefore, it is suggested that like other developed countries, mandatory standards are replaced by encouraging standards and the penalty for violating the encouraging standards is increased".

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