Fuel gas permeability of non-metallic pipes

Matthew N. Swain, Michael R. Swain

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Replacement of natural gas with hydrogen in fuel gas distribution systems may require changes to existing systems. The permeability of non-metallic pipes may produce safety or efficiency problems. There is little data in the literature characterizing the permeability of plastic gas pipes. In this work effort the fuel gas loss due to permeation in nonmetallic gaseous fuel pipes was experimentally determined. Since the majority of nonmetallic gas pipes are currently polyethylene, the emphasis was placed on determining the permeability of various types of polyethylene pipes. The energy leakage rates of hydrogen were found to be approximately twice that of methane. Both were negligibly low.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSolar Energy Technology - 1992
PublisherPubl by ASME
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)0791811263
StatePublished - Dec 1 1992
EventWinter Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers - Anaheim, CA, USA
Duration: Nov 8 1992Nov 13 1992

Publication series

NameAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Solar Energy Division (Publication) SED


OtherWinter Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
CityAnaheim, CA, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Mechanical Engineering


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