Excerpt from Article: Researchers at Villanova University recently completed a study of the performance of corrugated, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe containing recycled HDPE resin in commuter rail installations, finding its performance to be indistinguishable from pipe made from virgin material. The three-year old field and laboratory evaluation is an important step in validating the use of corrugated HDPE pipe manufactured with recycled materials for commuter railroad and highway applications. The study was funded cooperatively by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) and the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Project 4-39.
”The railroad industry is reliant on drainage infrastructure materials that are sustainable and resilient and offer a long service life relative to the cyclical live loading conditions typical in these applications,” said study author Dr. Michael Pluimer, a pipe industry authority and PhD graduate from Villanova.
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