PVC Vent Pipe Systems for Fume Extraction, Ducting and Ventilation
Industrial PVC ventilation pipe systems are often chosen over more traditional
galvanised steel systems where there is a risk of increased corrosion. The system differs from pressure pipe and
fittings in that the wall thicknesses are thin in comparison, which results in a lightweight structure, that
can be hung from roofs and ceilings with a minimal amount of strengthening or support.
The main areas of use for PVC ducting/ventilation systems are:
Fume extraction and ducting from laboratories and industrial processes - Here, PVC ventilation is
widely used, as long as the temperature of the fumes remains within the thresholds of the PVC.
Temperatures above 50 degrees centigrade are not suitable, as the plastic pipe will be prone to
softening and distortion. That having been said, very few fumes reach this temperature as they are
usually mixed with ambient air at the suction end. If galvanised ventilation ducting is used in fume
extraction, chemicals in the gasses/air can very quickly eat away at the material. Most fume cupboard
systems use PVC ventilation pipe and fittings for extraction.
High humidity areas such as swimming pools, public aquaria and water treatment/air scrubbing plants
are also ideal candidates for plastic ventilation systems. In these areas, rusting of metal and
galvanised materials can not only cause integrity issues, but can also look unsightly.
High hygiene and foodstuff production. Using plastic ventilation in these areas provides a much more
hygienic solution than galvanised spirals. Unlike the spirals, the plastic pipe and fittings are very
smooth, which limit the potential for dirt build up in cracks and crevices. The plastic material is also
a better insulator than steel, so condensation problems are very much reduced.
PVC Ventilation pipe and fittings are assembled using a solvent weld process,
where a "glue" is painted onto the PVC vent pipe and receiving socket. After pushing together a seal is made.
The joint sets in a matter of minutes. It is recommended, however, that a couple of hours is allowed before trying
to either move sections of assembled pipework or putting into service.
The first time a PVC ventilation system is put into service there will be fumes
within the system, which are a result of the solvent cement setting. These should be extracted to the outside.
PVC is also an easy material to weld. Our engineers are able to fabricate almost
any shape, including adaptors to connect to existing galvanised or plastic duct and fittings.
Industrial PVCU Vent Pipe and UPVC Vent Pipe
UPVC ad PVCU are other abbreviations which, when applied to this type of
industrial ventilation pipe and fittings, means the same as PVC.
Fume Cupboard Pipe and Fittings
Fume cupboard pipe and fittings are generally manufactured from industrial PVC
vent. Here at Plastic Pipe Shop, we supply all components (many from stock, and others fabricated to order) for
the refurbishment, modification and replacement of fume extraction systems as well as for new builds.
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