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The Advantages and Cost of Steel Pipe

August 27, 2014 in Pipe by

Steel pipeSteel is a very popular piping material. Here are some reasons why.

Resistance to Internal and External Pressure

Steel’s high tensile strength, ductility and elasticity give it the ability to withstand severe pressures. This performance advantage is particularly notable in stresses resulting from uneven bedding, misalignment, fluctuations in temperature or abnormal cover. Plus, steel pipes are often able to hold up to severe bending or longitudinal stresses that may cause other materials to fail.

Resistance to Shock and Vibration

Modern traffic can impose jarring and damaging shocks and vibrations on the pipes beneath roadways. In these situations, steel pipes are preferable. Their strength and lack of brittleness means they can withstand the stresses of vibrations much better than some other materials.

Protection Against Corrosion 

Galvanized steel pipes have a zinc coating that allows them to endure corrosive environments. The zinc serves as a ‘sacrificial metal’. It rusts before the steel underneath it, even if the zinc layer is scratched. This allows the functional steel part of the pipe to maintain its integrity for longer.

Wide Range of Joints

A variety of joints are available for steel pipes, from very flexible to very rigid. These include:

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Welded Pipe vs. Seamless Pipe

July 23, 2014 in Blog, Pipe by

PipeWelded vs. seamless. It’s a debate that’s been around for a long time, and it’s still going strong today.

So when your next project arrives, what side of the debate will you fall on? Will you choose a welded steel pipe, a welded carbon pipe? Or will you go with one of their seamless counterparts?

Here are some of the advantages of both types of pipes to help you make your decision.

Advantages Of Welded

  • Welded pipes are typically more cost effective than their seamless equivalents.
  • Welded pipes are usually more readily available than seamless. The longer lead time required for seamless pipes can not only make timing problematic, but it also allows more time for the price of the materials to fluctuate.

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The History of Industrial Pipe and Steel

September 25, 2013 in Pipe by

Industrial Steel PipeIndustrial pipe and steel is so ingrained in today’s world, that it’s hard to imagine we ever lived without it. It’s found underground, transporting water and gas to our homes, used for refrigeration and heat transfer, and integral to the oil and gas industries. Its strength and durability has made it an important part of our daily lives, but its evolution has been a long way coming.

The use of piping traces back thousands of years, and clearly it didn’t begin as the industrial pipe and steel we know today. It began fairly crudely, with reed pipes used by ancient cultures to divert water from rivers and streams into fields, helping grow crops. Eventually, the Romans would take this system and improve on it with their infamous aqueduct system, which used lead and ceramic piping to carry drinking water into the Rome, and provide fresh water to public baths, fountains and private households. It also carried waste out of the city, using a complex sewage system to help keep Rome clean. To this day, the aqueducts remain a modern marvel of engineering, and a select few are still in partial use. But they certainly weren’t without fault, and more improvements to piping systems would carry it to the state we know in modern times. 

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Steel Pipe Prices, Sheet Steel Prices and Product Details

September 11, 2013 in Pipe, Structural by

Sheet steelWhen you’re considering starting a construction project, the first item on your list tends to be materials. In this post, you’ll learn why steel makes a great choice for a number of projects, plus get a quick breakdown of how to estimate sheet steel prices and what to consider when thinking about the average steel pipe price.

The Benefits of Steel

First off, why should you choose steel? There are a number of reasons this material makes a very good choice. It’s versatile, dependable and offers a number of benefits as a building material.

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Steel Pipe Pricing And Advantages

July 17, 2013 in Pipe, Structural by

Steel pipeSteel 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.

Heat Treatable

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.

Temperature Resistant

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.  

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6 Great Benefits Of Using Carbon Steel Pipe

June 04, 2013 in Blog, Pipe by

Carbon steel pipeCarbon steel pipe is an alloy pipe that is solely made of steel and carbon. It can be used for a wide variety of applications, and it comes with these six great benefits:

1. Safety
Unlike some other materials, carbon steel pipes don’t need to be protected with preservatives, glues or pesticides, which makes them safer to handle and work with. Furthermore, while other pipes may be vulnerable to pests or rotting, carbon steel isn’t, which makes it a great choice for underground piping. Carbon steel is also great for use in homes because it’s inflammable and resistant to tornados, lightning, earthquakes and hurricanes.

2. Corrosion Resistance
Carbon steel pipes are also resistant to corrosion. This allows builders to use smaller, thinner pipes, even in environments that are acidic or extremely corrosive.

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The Three Benefits of Seamless Steel Commercial Pipe

April 17, 2013 in Blog, Industry Trends, Pipe, Structural by

Commercial Pipe From St. Louis Pipe and SupplyThe seamless steel pipe manufacturing process starts with a solid, round steel billet. This billet is then heated to great temperatures and stretched and pulled over a form until it takes the shape of a hollow tube. As other steel pipe suppliers will tell you, there are three great advantages to making a pipe in this way.

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Top 5 Online Piping Information Resources

July 11, 2012 in Blog, News & Articles, Pipe by

Domestic pipe suppliers as well as industry professionals who use their online resources wisely have the potential to be more informed on industry standards and advancements, more efficient with their engineering, and better connected with competitors and clients. Take a look at these five resources and add them to your bookmarks, if you already haven’t.

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All About Schedule 40 Pipe

October 12, 2011 in Blog, Pipe, Pipes Valves and Fittings by

The Basics of Schedule 40 PipeSchedule 40 Pipe Supplier

Schedule 40 pipe is lightweight and is resistant to high impacts, corrosion, waste system liquids, gases and chemical attacks by most acids, alkalies, salts, fungi and bacteria. Schedule 40 pipe exhibits excellent physical properties and flammability characteristics – these pipes are ideal for use in applications with temperatures up to 140ºF.

Typically, Schedule 40 steel pipe is used for:

  • Chemical processing
  • Plating
  • High purity applications
  • Potable water systems
  • Water and wastewater treatment
  • Drainage
  • Irrigation
  • Agricultural needs

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Alloy Pipes Delivered Globally

June 22, 2011 in Blog, Manufacturing, News & Articles, Pipes Valves and Fittings by

The Solution to Overseas Sourcing

Clients overseas sometimes have trouble sourcing the supplies they need. This is especially true in developing nations such as those in South America, Africa and Asia. Whether they’re looking for alloy pipe suppliers or straight iron steel suppliers, contractors stationed at job sites in these countries don’t necessarily need to look locally for their supplies. We here at St. Louis Pipe and Supply can solve all sourcing and shipping issues.

Increasing Global Demand

We often get inquiries about shipping pipe and supplies to far off corners of the globe. With the increased usage of natural gas, there has been an increase in inquiries about certain alloys of pipe, in particular, for the construction of natural gas refineries and filling stations. Builders can’t always find the specific type of pipe they need locally because there are no alloy pipe suppliers near the job site. Some builders resort to buying their supplies at their usual supplier that may be many thousands of miles from where the supplies are needed. The logistics of then getting those supplies to the jobsite can be overwhelming and take up man-hours that are far more valuable when used elsewhere.

Taking Care of Logistics

St. Louis Pipe and Supply is well versed in logistics. We can quote you a price based on getting the supplies you need to the port that is closest to you. We have a warehouse and shipping yard in Houston, Texas where most orders are put together and shipped. If we’re able to save you time and money by bypassing our Houston yard and shipping directly to your site from one of our suppliers, we’ll handle it that way.

Houston to Karachi

Whether shipping to Kansas City, Kansas or Karachi, Pakistan, St. Louis Pipe and Supply can handle the logistics. As one of the largest alloy pipe distributors in the world, it’s no problem for us, but it’s a big solution for clients. It’s something we do every day and we’re proud to be able to make someone’s job easier while still keeping them well within budget.

If you need of a alloy pipe supplier or any other pipe supplier for that matter, anywhere in the world, please contact us for a quote or to answer any questions you may have.

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