As one of the UK’s leading precast concrete pipe manufacturers, CPM has a range of pipe fittings available to you that are produced and tested under factory conditions

Flexible Jointed Pipes Products

  • Butt/Rocker Jointed Pipes

    Sewers for Adoption (7th Edition) states you should allow for any differential settlement between the manhole and pipeline, with short lengths of either spigot/socket butt pipes being built into the manhole wall.

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  • Bends

    Bends are manufactured by cutting pipes into two or three segments and joining them together at the required angle using an epoxy resin.

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  • Junctions (Inc. Tumbling Bays)

    Junctions 100mm and upwards can be fitted to all pipe sizes. Branches can be made from drainage materials other than concrete and are normally fitted to both full length and short length pipes to suit customer requirements.

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  • Are there any precautions to take for concrete pipes laid to steep gradients?

    It is recommended that anchor blocks be cast into the ground every 3 or 4 pipe joints behind the socket (also consider installing packers on the face of sockets to prevent concrete to concrete contact).

  • Do you recommend surrounding pre-cast concrete manholes with in-situ concrete?

    Concrete surrounds to manholes are not always necessary in the majority of situations. However if the sewer is to be adopted, this may be a requirement.

  • Do you supply certificates of conformity for your standard products?

    No – they are not required as our standard products are certified under the BS ‘Kitemark’ system – certification can be viewed here.

  • How frequent should I be testing the pipeline during installation?

    It is highly recommended to test the pipeline every 3 or 4 pipes laid as an absolute minimum (do not wait until whole line is installed before carrying out such test).

  • What are the recommended minimum depths of cover for concrete pipes?

    Minimum depth of cover to top of pipes is 0.6m with bedding class S (360o granular bedding). For cover depths less than 0.6m, then the pipeline should be protected with either a full concrete surround, or a reinforced concrete slab should be placed over it (spanning sufficient distance onto trench walls).

  • What concrete pipes are generally reinforced?

    CPM concrete pipes are generally reinforced in sizes DN675 and above (it is possible to reinforce some of the smaller sizes and also to provide un-reinforced pipes in some of the larger sizes – usually made to order).

  • What is the maximum permissible velocity in concrete pipes?

    Limits are not normally placed on maximum velocities but certain criteria such as the potential for erosion should be considered for steep gradients.

  • What is the maximum working pressure that concrete pipes can withstand?

    Concrete pipes are designed to operate at low heads of water. The BS performance requirement is set at a minimum of 0.5 bar.

  • What is the most likely cause of air test failure for a concrete pipeline on site?

    Common causes of air tests failures include:

    • Displaced seals (usually due to use of wrong pipe lubrication during installation).
    • Poor laying technique.
    • Faulty testing equipment.
    • Poor seal between testing equipment and face of concrete pipe.
  • What is the recommended maximum jetting pressure acceptable for concrete products?

    5000 psi is the generally accepted maximum, although higher pressure can be accommodated by concrete drainage products.

  • What materials can be used as backfill for a concrete pipeline?

    In many situations the ‘as-dug’ trench material is suitable for backfill (should be readily compactable and free from large boulders etc).

  • What sizes of concrete pipes are subject to testing when installed?

    It is common practise to carry out air or water testing of pipes normally up to DN750 and a visual inspection above this size.

  • What strength of concrete pipes is available?

    Circular concrete pipes are all manufactured to strength class 120 (minimum crushing load for a particular size of pipe is equal to 120 multiplied by DN of pipe divided by 1000).

  • What typical joint gaps should be achieved when jointing concrete pipelines?

    Joint gaps between pipes should be measured on the internal surface and should ideally be between 5-25mm.

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