2023 №06 (06) DOI of Article
2023 №06 (01)

The Paton Welding Journal 2023 #06
The Paton Welding Journal, 2023, #6, 49-54 pages

Influence of hydrogen-methane gas mixtures on the physical and chemical structure of polyethylene pipes of the operating gasdistribution networks of Ukraine

M.V. Iurzhenko2, M.O. Kovalchuk1, V.Yu. Kondratenko1, V.L. Demchenko2, K.G. Gusakova2, V.S. Verbovskyi3, G.V. Zhuk3, K.P. Kostogryz4, I.A. Gotsyk5

1E.O. Paton Electric Welding Institute of the NAS of Ukraine. 11 Kazymyr Malevych Str., 03150, Kyiv, Ukraine. E-mail:
2Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry of NASU. 48 Kharkiv Hwy, 02160, Kyiv, Ukraine. E-mail:
3Gas Institute of NASU. 39 Dekhtyarivs’ka str., 03113, Kyiv, Ukraine. E-mail:
4«Naftogasbudinformatika» Company. 5b Kudryavsky uzvyz, 04053, Kyiv, Ukraine. E-mail:
5«Regional Gas Company» LLC. 32/2 Princes of Ostroh str., Kyiv, Ukraine

The work is a study of the influence of mixtures of gaseous hydrogen with natural gas with the ratios of 10 % Н2/90 % СН4 and 20 % Н2/80 % СН4 on PE-80 polymer pipes. The paper presents the results of complex structural investigations of the material of polyethylene pipes from PE-80, which were used earlier in the operating gas distribution networks of Ukraine, after 6 months of their hydrogenation. The influence of gas mixtures on the material structure was established, which is manifested in reduction of the quantity of the crystalline phase, polyethylene crystallite dimensions and their orderliness. No changes in the chemical structure of the polyethylene pipe material were found. 10 Ref., 5 Tabl., 8 Fig.
Keywords: Polyethylene, PE-80, natural gas mixtures, hydrogen mixtures, hydrogen transportation

Received: 03.05.2023
Accepted: 17.07.2023


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