PVC Industrial Pipe Temperature Derating

Operating Temp (°F) De-Rating Factor
73 1.00
80 0.88
90 0.75
100 0.62
110 0.51
120 0.40
130 0.31
140 0.22

The pressure ratings given are for water, non-shock, @ 73°F. The following temperature de-rating factors are to be applied to the working pressure ratings (W.P.) listed when operating at elevated temperatures.

Multiply the working pressure rating of the selected pipe at 73°F, by the appropriate de-rating factor to determine the maximum working pressure rating of the pipe at the elevated temperature chosen.

EX: 10" PVC SCH 80 @ 120°F = ?
230 psi x 0.40 = 92 psi max. @ 120°F

THE MAXIMUM SERVICE TEMPERATURE FOR PVC IS 140°F.

Solvent cemented joints should be utilized when working at or near maximum temperatures. GF Harvel does not recommend the use of PVC for threaded connections at temperatures above 110°F; use flanged joints, unions, or roll grooved couplings where disassembly is necessary at elevated temperatures.

Threading of Sch 40 PVC pipe is not a recommended practice due to insufficient wall thickness. Thread only Sch 80 or heavier walls. Threading requires a 50% reduction in pressure rating stated for plain end pipe @73°F.

Chemical resistance data should be referenced for proper material selection and possible de-rating when working with fluids other than water. Refer to GF Harvel 112/401 Product Bulletin for chemical resistance and installation data.