Construction aggregate is a category of coarse particulate material used in construction, including sand, gravel, crushed stone, slag, recycled concrete and geosynthetic aggregates. Aggregates are a component of composite materials such as concrete and asphalt concrete; the aggregate serves as reinforcement to add strength to the overall composite material. Due to the relatively high hydraulic conductivity value as compared to most soils, aggregates are widely used in drainage applications such as foundation and French drains, septic drain fields, retaining wall drains, and road side edge drains.Aggregates are also used as base material under foundations, roads, and railroads. In other words, aggregates are used as a stable foundation or road/rail base with predictable, uniform properties or as a low-cost extender that binds with more expensive cement or asphalt to form concrete.
The advent of modern blasting methods enabled the development of quarries, which are now used throughout the world, wherever competent bedrock deposits of aggregate quality exist. In many places, good limestone, granite, marble or other quality stone bedrock deposits do not exist. In these areas, natural sand and gravel are mined for use as aggregate.
The extraction and processing of aggregates requires large quantities of water feeding extraction facilities at different rates and velocities. Many aggregate producers are now switching from ductile iron and aluminum piping to high density polyethylene pipe for and are seeing an immediate return on investment, and a short payback period, as a result of this switch including:
- Decreased costs associated to installation and management of iron or aluminum pipes
- Increase in volume and pressure bring cleaner water to the plant
- Decrease in downtime due to virtually no water loss or leakage in comparison to traditional piping systems
- Increase in productivity of the equipment and staff due to the ability to drag the pipes, drive over the pipes and no leaks
- Decrease in risk of downtime allows for more production, especially during the short season experienced in northern climates
- Increased profit!! More throughput equals more product for less cost which equal more money in our customers pockets!
Pipefusion provides polyethylene pipe, on-site fusion services, molded and fabricated fittings and custom fabrication to Aggregate producers across Canada.
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