Steel piping is a popular material in so many industries–from oil to automobiles, from shipping to food, from schools to hospitals and refineries.
Let’s look at some of the top reasons why engineers, builders, pipe suppliers and oil drillers love steel pipes and why they’re preferred in so many different applications.
Some steel pipe alloys, such as alloy 140, are heat treatable, meaning that extreme temperatures can be used to modify their chemical and physical properties.
Steel pipes have great tensile and stress-to-rupture strength, and they can maintain this strength even at high temperatures.
Stainless steel pipes provide excellent resistance to oxidation at extremely high temperatures. And when chromium is added to the steel, it makes the steel even more temperature resistant.
Many grades of steel pipe can be welded into different shapes and sizes–giving them great versatility. However, heavy-duty equipment may be needed during the welding process because steel can harden quickly when it cools.
Resistance to Corrosion
Grade 316 and other stainless steel alloys are very resistant to corrosion. This means they can hold up well in marine environments, making steel piping a top choice in the shipbuilding industry.
Because of all the properties mentioned above, steel pipes can be used in a variety of settings and conditions.
Low Maintenance Cost
Though steel pipe pricing isn’t necessarily lower than that of other materials, because steel pipes are resistant to corrosion, they tend to last longer than many other types of pipe. This means you’ll have to spend less time and money repairing or replacing them, making them more cost effective in the long run.
Steel pipe pricing will vary based on the type of project, as well as its scope and size. Often, though, a stainless steel sheet will cost under $800.
Before you select a specific grade of steel, you should evaluate your project to determine what qualities your pipe must have. Will the pipe need to withstand a marine environment? Will it be exposed to high temperatures? Will it be carrying potentially corrosive fluids? For instance, grade 304 is widely used in chemical plants and the food industry because it offers great protection from corrosion. However, this would not be the grade to use if you need a pipe that can withstand high temperatures.
If you need steel pipe for your next project, please contact us and request a quote. We’ve been a leading steel pipe supplier for over 20 years, and can offer you a wide selection of pipes at competitive prices.