HOBAS Research & Development

It counts among the world’s most modern centers for research and development of GRP pipe systems: The HOBAS TechCenter in Wietersdorf (Austria). Here, our experts continuously monitor the long-time performance of various HOBAS Products, work on new product lines and improve existing ones. Our main concern is to ensure highest possible customer benefit.

Since the production of the first HOBAS Pipes at the end of the 1950s, HOBAS Experts have been constantly furthering the technological development of products, raw materials and production facilities. With the opening of the HOBAS TechCenter in April 2010, these efforts were literally set on a new and solid foundation. On approximately 1400 m² and by means of more than 30 different testing methods we make sure to offer our clients only the best, thoroughly tested solutions.

The HOBAS TechCenter is certified by the TÜV SÜD to the standards ISO 9001 as well as 14001 and is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for testing even very large components of up to 4 m in diameter. Internal pressure, ring stiffness, tensile strength, corrosion resistance under strain and stress, abrasion resistance, analysis of raw materials, regression and process analysis – the tests conducted are as impressive as is the longevity of HOBAS Products: depending on the application, independent certification institutes confirm a service life of more than 50 years.

Furthermore the HOBAS TechCenter is an officially accredited and independent GRP testing laboratory certified to ISO 17025:2007.

State of the Art Test Procedures

  • Long- and short-term internal pressure tests
  • Long- and short-term hoop tensile strength test
  • Long- and short-term strain corrosion tests
  • Abrasion resistance test (Darmstadt rocker test)
  • Long- and short-term ring deflection tests
  • Long- and short-term ring stiffness tests
  • Regression analyses
  • Process analyses
  • Etc.