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.