When it comes to selecting piping systems for your facility, you want your pipes to operate efficiently, resist corrosion and abrasion, be leak proof and last as long as possible. While pipes are generally manufactured to withstand tough working environments, there are several factors to consider when choosing the right type of pipe. Maximum pressure conditions, ambient surroundings, connections to existing piping systems and many other factors help you determine the right pipes for your application.
With so many types of piping systems on the market, here’s a basic guide to three of the most common pipe materials and how they work best.
Polyethylene (PE100) is a versatile and economical pipe material for many applications. It is widely used due to its outstanding physical and performance benefits. For instance, it does not rust, corrode or rot. Typical design life is a minimum of 50 years, long term testing indicates up to 200 years @ 20℃. This means long-term cost savings with quality PE pipes because of their extended service life. Polyethylene pipes are also flexible and have outstanding resistance to fatigue and most chemicals. They are designed and pressure-rated to handle the surges that are common in water and compressed air distribution systems.
These qualities make quality PE pipes the ideal piping material for applications such as natural gas distribution, waste disposal, drainage lines, sewers and water service or distribution lines.
Stainless steel is known for being a ‘miracle metal’ as it is used for countless industrial and commercial applications. While it is pricier compared to other piping options such as PVC or copper, the advantages of stainless steel make it worth the investment.
For one, stainless steel pipes form durable systems that last for decades. The pipes are easy to install and maintain. Due to its corrosion-resistant properties, stainless steel will stay rust-free for many years, even when water and compatible chemicals are in constantly contact. Stainless steel is also strong enough to resist extreme weather conditions and tree roots that crack other piping materials.
Stainless steel is easy to clean and doesn’t tarnish, making it a popular application for pipes used where sanitation is important, including the medical sector and the food and beverage industry. Other well-known industries that use stainless steel pipes are aerospace, oil & gas and engineering because of a high degree of heat resistance.
Many engineering firms, contractors and architects choose aluminium piping for compressed air systems because they are easy to install and modify. Aluminium doesn’t require soldering or threading, eliminating the need for skilled workers and special threading equipment. Aluminium’s corrosion-resistant properties also ensure optimal airflow, better air quality and reduced energy costs.
Aside from heavy-duty compressed air systems, aluminium pipes are also widely used in nitrogen systems. Aluminium is capable of withstanding a wide range of temperatures, making it suitable for systems that operate at differing degrees and intensities.
Air Energy is a leading provider of industrial piping systems. Established in 1993, we have been supplying a comprehensive range of compressed air equipment, pumps and industrial pipework. Strategically located near Eastlink, we have quick access to major industrial regions. With high-quality products and a dedicated customer service team, we are focused on giving the best solutions to each of our clients.
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