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The degradation of steel water pipes in the essential service water (ESW) systems of U.S. nuclear power plants represents serious safety and economic concerns. In 2009, it was reported that the cost of maintaining corroded steel water pipe systems, and shutting down plants during repairs, was up to $25 million per year for some nuclear utilities.1 Faced with the ongoing prospect of these tremendous maintenance costs – and the potential for future liability – many plant operators have discovered two exceptional alternatives from Dow: CONTINUUM™ Bimodal Polyethylene Resins and INTREPID™ Bimodal Polyethylene Resins.

CONTINUUM™ and INTREPID™ Resins meet or exceed industry requirements while offering numerous advantages over traditional ESW pipe materials such as carbon steel:

  • Leak-free performance when produced and installed properly (including joints)
  • Corrosion and chemical resistance – unlike metal, CONTINUUM™ and INTREPID™ Resins do not rust, rot, pit, corrode, tuberculate, or support biological growth
  • The ability to safely accommodate repetitive pressure surges above static pressure rating (seismic resistance)
  • Inherent flexibility, which makes them suitable for seismic loading
  • Heavy-wall capabilities up to at least 6 inches thick
  • Ease and cost-efficiency of installation

Use the links below to learn more about how CONTINUUM™ Bimodal Polyethylene Resins and INTREPID™ Bimodal Polyethylene Resins can meet or exceed the critical performance requirements of your energy pipe system applications.

Energy Pipe Systems Resources

CONTINUUM™ Bimodal Polyethylene Resins Fast Facts (PDF)

CONTINUUM™ Bimodal Polyethylene Resins Performance Report (PDF)

CONTINUUM DGDA-2492N Bimodal Polyethylene Resin Technical Datasheet (PDF)

1Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) 2009 Portfolio, Balance of Plant Corrosion