When purchasing steel pipe fittings, it’s important to take into consideration certain factors, most importantly size and shape, to ensure that it is a perfect match for your specific purpose. However, another important aspect to consider is the material used in the making of the pipe fitters. Certain elements added to the steel, such as carbon and chrome, can dramatically affect its strength and appearance. Here are a few great reasons to invest in carbon steel pipe fittings as well as chrome plating.
Steel is one of the most popular types of pipe fittings and has been used for construction of pipes and pipe fittings for years because of its durability and strength. However, carbon steel, or plain-carbon steel, has the ability become much stronger through heat treatment. The more carbon added to the steel, the stronger it can become, which is why it is considered one of the strongest types of steel. Another way to increase the durability is to create a harder surface by adding a layer of chromium. Chrome plated pipe fittings are not only durable, but prevent corrosion and may also make the cleaning process much easier.
Carbon steel pipe fittings are typically used for industrial purposes such as commercial construction, electric-power, petroleum refinement and the building of ships, but are also often seen in the household. They are used for fire sprinkler systems and pipes carrying water, types of flammable gasses, oil or steam. Because of the addition of carbon to the steel, carbon steel pipes and pipe fittings are also much more resistant to rust. Again, chrome plated pipe fittings will also help to prevent rust and will keep steel looking newly polished. Because chrome plating has a naturally bright appearance, it is utilized more in the automobile industry.
Because steel has the ability to undergo heat treatment, it’s easy to find carbon steel pipe fittings with just the right amount of carbon for any purpose. Mild carbon steel is typically used when a project calls for a large amount of steel because of its lower price and standard usage. Medium carbon steel is mostly utilized in the automotive industry due to its erosion resistance. Due to its strength, high carbon steel is used in the making of wires and springs. However, once the carbon content reaches 1.0%, it is only used for specific, non-industrial purposes.
St. Louis Pipe and Supply carries everything you need when it comes to pipes and pipe fittings. If you’re in the market for chrome plated or carbon steel pipe, please contact us today and allow us to quote you a price.