Material Research

Problems in pipelines are often caused by the joints. Kiwa has built up vast experience in this field of expertise. We use this to support our consulting colleagues when it comes to R&D projects in the field of plastic welding (of PE, PEX, PA, PP etc.), and other jointing techniques.

This is supported by a vast amount of testing and analysis services in our own laboratories.  We can help you out with both pipeline systems and components for gas distribution and products from many other industries.

Why Kiwa?

  • Impartial, high quality results
  • Internationally acknowledged expertise and experience
  • One-stop-shop for physical, chemical and mechanical tests
  • Flexible and fast whilst maintaining accuracy
  • Wide scope of materials: metals, plastics, rubbers, etc.

Test services

Our services

Kiwa has a wide range of material research, testing and analysis. Check out what we have to offer below.

  • Kiwa is your partner for assessing the chemical compatibility and material performance of applied materials and the corresponding tests like permeation, immersion or rapid gas decompression tests. Testing material samples, pipes, components or even complete systems is possible.
  • The quality of (city) heating networks depends to a significant extent on the quality of the connections in the pipelines. Leaks that allow water ingress, which often occur in sleeve connections, can lead to degradation of the insulation with all the resulting effects on thermal insulation performance
  • Problems in pipelines are often caused by the joints. Kiwa Technology has built up vast experience. For example, we have used our expertise in the area of plastic welding (of PE, PEX, PA, PP etc.) and other jointing techniques for years to support our consultancy regarding research and development projects.
  • Cathodic protection (CB) is the ideal method for guarding pipelines and storage tanks against corrosion. However, the application of CB requires specialist knowledge, especially in extraordinary situations or when repairing breakdowns.
  • Damage that occurs in a heat energy distribution network can soon lead to substantial costs. These costs are not only associated with repairing the network but also with indirect damage suffered by users who are unable to draw off the heat energy they require.
  • The added value of Risk Based Asset Management (e.g. according to PAS55 or NTA 8120) can be broken down into a number of internal and external benefits.
  • Innovative new products and services that can be used in the construction, maintenance, repair, replacement and management of gas distribution networks regularly appear on the market.