Our clear PVC pipe lengths are available in both imperial / inch and metric size ranges, however the fittings
are only available in imperial (inch) sizes.
Both clear pipe ranges are available from stock and are manufactured to industrial specifications - DIN
standard and Schedule 40/80
As can be seen from the above video, the pipe can have a slight greyish/blueish
tinge to it, which is an
unavoidable result of the manufacturing process.
Clear pvc pipe and fittings have a number of applications such as:
Sightglasses to inspect levels
Demonstration systems where the process can be viewed
Inspection for the presence of liquid such as in drain lines
Inspection of mixing in process lines
Creative projects for sculpture and the film and media industries
Please note that although we supply inch and metric size ranges, if you are building a clear system, you
will be limited to inch sizes as this is the only range that has clear fittings. Both inch and metric sizes
can however be used with grey industrial specification fittings as they are completely cross compatible.
Care should be taken when using solvent cleaner and cement on the pipe not to
allow drips to be spilled
onto exposed areas, as these are near impossible to completely clean off. This is due to the fact that the
cleaner and cement are designed for slightly melt the plastic.
Once glued, the cement can be clearly seen in the joint, but a level of transparency is retained.
Both clear PVC pipe an fittings will whiten with exposure to strong sunlight. The UV (ultra violet) spectrum
of the sunlight causes a chemical reaction in the plastic, which will result in a white opaqueness. The speed
and level of opacity development is dependent on the intensity and duration of sunlight and also the weathering
pattern of the geographical area. We have tested our pipe and fittings outside over several years and find that
in general, the process is a very slow one.
We can supply UV stable Clear PVC pipe and fittings, however these carry a blue / purple tint. These are only
supplied to order and often with long lead times as they have to be specially imported to order.
It is therefore recommended that clear pipe and fittings are, where possible,
protected from direct sunlight.
A transparent pipe that gives a clear view of the inside of the pipe only remains so if it is clean internally
and externally. Whilst the latter is easy to control by washing dust and debris off, the former can be more
difficult. A biological film of bacteria and/or algae can coat the inside of the pipe if the conditions are
right, or, if the water contains fine particles, these can settle on the pipe wall.
It is therefore recommended that clear pvc pipe is installed so that it can be removed for periodic cleaning.
Using unions or flanges is the best way to achieve this. Unions and flanges are however only available in our
standard grey pvc ranges.
Our clear PVC pipe and fittings are manufactured
in Germany and the USA (Metric and Imperial)
If you would like any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us