Steel pipes are surely one of the most underrated pieces of equipment around. When we turn on a tap, we are only concerned with whether or not water comes out of it. We don’t stop to think how that water reached our taps, safely and cleanly. Or when we ignite our gas fire or hob, do we ponder for a moment on how that gas came to be so conveniently at our fingertips? Probably not. Thankfully, however, someone did! Someone made the decision to ensure the right pipe was chosen so that these things are available to us when we need them – safely and reliably.
Choosing the right steel pipes depends on several factors. Steel comes in a variety of types – stainless and carbon, for example – and there are different grades within those types too. So how do you decide which steel pipes to choose?
Factors To Consider When Choosing Steel Pipes
Here are some key questions to ask when it comes to selecting the right steel pipes for the job:
What are the pipes going to transport?
Corrosive liquids, such as chemicals or salt water, need pipes with high corrosion resistance. Stainless steel is usually the best material choice in this case, but some grades offer better resistance than others, so check properties carefully. When transporting drinking water, it is essential that it isn’t contaminated with any kind of bacteria. Bacteria more commonly stick to surfaces where they can create a harmful biofilm. Stainless steel pipes have hard, smooth surfaces, making it more difficult for bacteria and other micro-organisms to adhere and grow.
In what kinds of temperature and environment will the pipes be used? Temperature extremes definitely influence your choice of steel pipe. If you are transporting cryogenic liquids, for example, you need to choose a steel grade that won’t crack or perish under the extreme cold. Carbon steel pipes, on the other hand, are known for their ability to withstand extremely high heat, making them a good choice for piping steam, for example.
What sort of budget do you have?
Stainless steel pipes are often more expensive than other options, but they have a much longer expected lifespan than most alternative materials – 50 years compared to 30 years. This, together with their low maintenance requirements, can make them a more cost-effective option in the long run.
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