From their inception, RolaTube products seemed tailor made for the provision of long pipes in a form that would reduce costs and environmental impact. The challenge was how to seal an open seam in such a way as to achieve the same strength as an orthodox pipe.
Working with Cambridge University, RolaTube designed a welded seam that gives the RolaTube pipe the same strength as a helically wound composite pipe – the strongest type of pipe for its weight in current use. Extensive testing has shown that a RolaTube pipe can replace many steel and polymer pipes with one of equivalent performance, but with greatly reduced transport and installation costs.
The compact size of coils of BRC pipes allows even relatively large bore pipelines – up to one metre in diameter – to be containerised for shipping. This has a huge impact on the logistics costs of installed pipe. The welding system needed for deployment can also fit into a container and the pipes reeled off from inside the containers straight into the welding unit.
As well as reducing environmental impact the thermoplastic composites used are inherently recyclable.