CHARACTERISTICS OF STEEL PIPES FOR USE WITH FITTINGS
Stainless Steel Pipe Fittings are widely used in industry and home environment. They can have any diameter, length or thickness, and can range from simple and strictly functional, to attractive and decorative, also being used in art.
In their industrial use stainless steel flanges are valued for their resistance and ability to withstand extreme temperatures and pressure, as well as destructive elements. In addition, the production cost of this type of material is relatively low (above plastic, but providing more advantages). In the domestic sphere, the steel tube can be found in household appliances and gas pipes. If you look behind your fridge, it is very likely that you can see some steel tube.
The carbon steel fittings can be round, square or rectangular, and usually incorporate alloys with different metals, such as aluminum, titanium, manganese or tungsten. They are so versatile that they are present in many types of industries, producing millions of tons each year.
Advantages of steel tubes and fittings
The main advantages of this type of tube, some of which have already been listed at the beginning, are:
Low level of corrosion: carbon steel flanges metal will maintain its appearance, free of rust, for years, although they constantly transport water inside. It is highly unlikely that the metal particles will penetrate the water, so the water contamination rate of this metal is practically non-existent.
Attractive appearance: Unlike other types of metals such as iron or plastic, the stainless steel tube is attractive to the eye and looks modern, being able to form part of the visible structures of a building, or even decorative elements.
They are efficient being smaller: Steel a420 wpl6 tubes are very efficient, so it is possible to use a smaller diameter than would be used with other materials for the same tasks. The mass flow of stainless steel is much higher by diameter than other materials. This can save on the cost of pipes without sacrificing flow.
They are robust: The steel a234 wpb fittings is robust and will resist risk factors that can damage other types of tubes, such as tree roots, human error or inclement weather.
They are recyclable: Unlike plastic tubes, steel a350 lf2 flange are fully recyclable. When the tubes are no longer needed, they can be cast and reused in other metal parts from other industries.
They are durable: The alloy steel forged fittings does not deteriorate over time. The pipes from 20 years ago will look the same as the current ones. They will not budge and will not need as many attachment points as the plastic tubes.
In order to be used in a system made with press fittings, carbon steel forged fittings (stainless steel or non-alloy steel) must comply with certain characteristics relating to:
- minimum wall thicknesses
- dimensional tolerances
- heat treatment used
- chemical composition
- surface finishing.
Correct storage (which must not adversely affect the aesthetic and functional characteristics of the product) and attention during the transport of the bundles of pipes is also important as any deformations could compromise the correct sealing of the joints.