Pipes as vessel to transport liquids have been used since Roman times, when lead or clay pipes were used to carry water to its cities. Wood, steel and clay pipes have been used throughout history. Since that time, tubing and piping for commercial and industrial purposes has evolved substantially.
In modern times, a wide variety of tubing and pipes are produced to carry a larger variety of materials. The applications for quality pipe and tubing are endless. Quality contractors and builders understand that matching the tubing to the job requires more than just measuring the length needed and the diameter necessary to carry the load. The liquid to be transported and the jobsite environmental factors play a large role in choosing the right tubing.
• Carbon Steel pipe and tubing – The most popular choice for general applications due to its high durability and cost effectiveness. It can be used in boiler applications, heat exchangers, and to transport steam. It also withstands the effects of vibration and temperature differential;
• Stainless Steel pipe – When mild corrosion and rust inhibition is a factor, stainless steel can perform the job and remain cost effective. Interior boilers waste and water treatment and desalinization plants are common applications;
• Nickel Chromium – It provides excellent protection against corrosion and can be used for many acidic chemicals. It also has a very high heat tolerance, for high temperature applications;
• Hastelloy pipe – Where severely corrosive liquids are transported, hastelloy pipe and tube are the material of choice. It can be used in industrial applications such as chemical reactors. High temperature tolerance is another advantage.
Selecting a quality tubing and pipe manufacturer can make or break a successful construction project. Premature failure of piping or tubing in a finished project can lead to disaster and costly repairs. It can also cost a construction company its reputation. Taking the time to match the job to the material is essential
The quality manufacturer will ensure that appropriate ASTM standards are followed in material production. It will also have a multi step inspection process during the manufacturing stage to eliminate potential defects. It will also manufacture its product in a number of different materials, to meet the needs of the contractor and the project at hand. It will also have a proven track record for reliability and quality. To learn more about the piping available for the next industrial project, click here.