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Process Piping: Carbon Steel Pipe

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Process piping involves non-hydronic mechanical systems in industrial or manufacturing...
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Manufactured as welded or seamless, and in a variety of wall thicknesses, (Light, Standard,...
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Benefit of Material to Systems Application

The use of carbon steel pipe on process piping systems is an accepted and widespread practice all over the world, providing useful service life on compatible chemical processes in environmentally controlled areas. It can be used in process piping systems and is accepted as a material for piping systems in all process piping codes.  The high tensile strength and internal pressure rating of carbon steel pipe make it useful in these systems. Unless corrosion or contamination of process fluids is a concern, carbon steel is the best and most common choice for process piping.

System Application and Material Usage

Typical process piping systems range in size from 1/2" to 30" in diameter and handle a wide range of fluids from water to chemical services. 

Steel is readily available in these sizes and in a variety of wall thicknesses, with "standard wall" or "heavy wall" being the most common for use in process piping systems. As "process" covers a broad spectrum of applications, corrosive and erosive factors must be evaluated to determine suitable corrosion and erosion allowances.  Where high corrosion and erosion is expected, heavier wall pipes are often used to help extend useful life. The system working pressure and pipe joining method will also determine the required pipe wall thickness for each application. 

Steel’s combination of mechanical properties and characteristics continue to make it an acceptable choice for process pipe systems.  A key advantage to steel is its strength and ability to be bent or fabricated, allowing it to be manufactured into various sizes, shapes, and configurations.  The elongation properties of steel allow it to withstand stresses and strains without breaking under shocks from surges, water hammer and other man-made disturbances. 

Steel is a common material that plumbers and pipefitters are accustomed to working with. Common joining techniques include threading, welding, flanging and grooving. Longer lengths enable faster and more economical installations due to fewer joints. 

Manufacturers and Suppliers Participating in OPUS

ANVIL International

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Embassy Group LTD

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F.W. Webb Company

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Ferguson

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Galloup Company

J.O. Galloup Company is a premier distributor of commercial and industrial piping products,......
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Hajoca Corporation

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Jomar Valve

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Metraflex Company

For over 55years Metraflex has met the needs of the contractor. The MetraLoop, a flexible pipe......
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MORSCO

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Mueller Industries, Inc.

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Team Industries, Inc.

Team Industries, Inc. offers a 3000# Generation III and 3000# Generation IV (hydraulically......
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Tri Tool Inc.

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Victaulic

Victaulic is the world's leading manufacturer of mechanical pipe joining products. For over 80......
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Viega

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Weldbend Corporation

Weldbend Corporation is a manufacturer of carbon steel welding fittings and forged steel......
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Winsupply

WinWholesale, Inc. is comprised of over 525 wholesale distribution locations. Along with Noland......
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Applicable Joining Methods

Flanged

Flanging maybe used for threaded or plane-end pipe. After a flange component is installed on the...
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Grooved

Grooved pipe joints consist of two grooved pipe ends (typically roll grooved) connected with a...
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Threaded

A connection in which an internal threaded fitting and an external threaded piece of pipe or...
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Welding

Welding is generally defined as the act of joining together two or more components by heating...
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