Types Of Steel Pipes

Posted on: 24 April 2020


Steel pipe is used for many different purposes in many different industries. It can be used to pipe water in a sewer system into a house or other building. It is also the pipe of choice to pipe gas. Steel pipes can even be used to protect electrical wires when they are run underground. The strength of steel is the biggest advantage of using steel pipes. They offer greater protection and stability than plastic or fiberglass can. Steel pipes are not only used to contain water or gas, but they are also used to build things like bikes, heating coils, flag poles, gun barrels, and lampposts. Steel pipes are used everywhere in everyday life. When you turn on the tap or take a shower, when you turn on the heat or plug in the blow-dryer, steel pipes are making your life easier.

There are basically two types of steel pipes: seamed and seamless. When you are looking for new steel pipe, it is important to know the difference.

Seamless Pipes

Seamless pipes are just what they sound like; they are smooth, and there is no visible seam on their surface. These pipes are made by rolling and stretching heated steel and hollowing it out with a bullet-shaped tool. Seamless pipes are more lightweight than a seamed pipe, and they are easier to bend to your purpose. They are used when precision matters. They are often the choice for water or gas lines, and they are the kind used for bicycles and gun barrels. As well as being smooth, this kind of pipe is stronger. If the pipe is going to be under a lot of pressure, a seamless pipe is the way to go. 

Seamed Pipes

A seamed steel pipe is a pipe that has been welded together and has a seam along one side. This type of pipe is cheaper than a seamless one. It is more clunky and heavy as well as being a lot less malleable than its smooth counterpart. This kind of pipe is good for projects that are not under a lot of stress and don't require a perfectly smooth surface, such as flagpoles or lampposts. They can also be used for water or gas in some circumstances like where the pipe is not under constant strain from pressure or temperature fluctuations, such as freezing cold winters. 

A good industrial equipment supplier should be able to help you find the right pipe to fit your needs. Contact a company like Hillenburg  Pipe & Supply to ask about new steel pipes.