Stainless Steel Pipes
Stainless steel pipes are strong, durable and have a high resistance to corrosion. This makes them the obvious choice for applications in which water and/or gases need to be transported. Their strength offers good resistance against internal and external pressure, and they are ideal for use in situations where longitudinal stresses or complicated bending are likely. They also offer good resistance to vibration and shock.
Stainless steel pipes are commonly used for instrumentation, heat exchangers, digesters, fluid piping, evaporators, LP/HP heaters, car parts and surface condensers.
Plumbing is one of the main industries making use of stainless steel pipes on a large scale, and there are several reasons for this:
Efficient – smaller diameter pipes can be used than with other materials – such as pvc – without sacrificing mass flow rate. This makes them an economical choice.
Low Corrosion – stainless steel remains rust free for many years, even when constantly exposed to water. Unlike many other materials, stainless steel doesn’t need a lining or coating, as metal contamination, or leaching, into the water is virtually nonexistent. There is also no problem with interior wall abrasion or sediment build up.
Recyclable – stainless steel is 100% recyclable and can be melted down and re-used almost indefinitely.
Strong – stainless steel pipes are highly resistant to damage from tree roots, human error and extreme weather.
Durable – stainless steel pipes will not weather and still look like new years after they’ve been installed. They require less support than pvc pipes, as they don’t sag.
Steelmor stocks a full range of SA/A312 welded and seamless 304/L and 316/L stainless steel pipes. Welded pipes range from ½” to 24” in schedule 10s and 40s, and seamless pipes range from ½” to 16” in 10s , 40s and 80s. Larger welded pipes can be manufactured to A358 class 1-5 and A778 in sizes 12”. Visit our website to view our full range.
Stainless Steel Pipes
Stainless Steel Tubing
Stainless steel tubing has many advantages over other kinds of tubing. Because it’s made of stainless steel, it exhibits high resistance to rust, corrosion, and extreme temperatures (both hot and cold). It’s also very strong, easy to clean, requires little or no maintenance and is extremely durable.
Like carbon steel, stainless steel tubing is easy to cut, weld and form. It is also good to look at, making it an attractive choice for domestic or residential applications. It’s commonly found in plumbing fittings, power plants, gas lines, refrigeration and industries where high degrees of hygiene are required, such as food production, catering and hospitals.
Stainless steel tubing is made from a combination of alloys. The exact combination depends on the purpose for which the tubing is being used. Aircraft hydraulic lifts, for example, will use alloys with higher percentages of nickel of chromium because this gives superior performance in extreme conditions. The industrial, aerospace, military and nuclear industries always make use of highly resistant stainless steel tubes made using the strongest alloys.
Although the word “tubing” implies a product which is circular in shape, stainless steel tubing is actually manufactured in many shapes and thicknesses – from round and oval to rectangular and even flat. Tubes are also often formed into coils. Tubes can either be cut to length or custom produced, depending on the application for which they’re needed.
There are numerous domestic applications for stainless steel tubing as well. Most people have steel tubing in their fridges and other appliances. Household and industrial gas lines are usually made of stainless steel tubing as well, as it is more resistant to erosion and rust than copper or galvanised steel, and can be relied upon to reduce the instances of gas leaks.
Steelmor has a wide range of stainless steel tubing in ASTM/A554 304/L and 316/L grades. Sizes range from 12.7mm to 101.6mm, and 1.2mm to 2mm wall thicknesses. Contact us today and let’s chat about your specific tubing requirements.