Steel pipes have become the material of choice for many domestic and industrial applications. Steel tubing has many advantages over other materials that have increased their universal usage.
Steel pipes are extremely durable, as the material itself has a lot of strength. They can withstand high pressures, vibrations and shock and even will not break in the most extreme of conditions. At the most, they may get bent out of shape, which can then affect the flow of the material they are carrying. Steel is normally resistant to corrosion, but this property can be further enhanced if the pipes are galvanised. Pipes to be galvanised need to have their surfaces thoroughly cleaned before galvanizing. Galvanised steel pipe is a pipe which has been subjected to immersion in a bath of molten zinc. This process allows the two materials, steel and zinc, to bond and greatly increases the corrosion resistance of the steel pipe. Zinc bonds with steel at a molecular level and the coating covers all scratches, joints, and holes on the surface of the pipe. This metallurgical bond creates a number of alloys on the pipe surface, with the zinc and steel alloy adding to the strength of the pipe. Galvanised pipes resist the chemical reaction from salts in the air or earth, and can be just as well used in indoor spaces.
Galvanised steel pipe is one of the most extensively used material all over the world. The coating of zinc that is given during the galvanising process increases the structural performance of the pipe and makes it eminently suited for all outdoor applications. Even so, it is customary to give such pipes additional protection when they are installed in walls or under the earth, by coating them with tar or covering them with some protective material.
This pipe which is coated with zinc has also been extensively used as light structures that make for homes, warehouses and other purposes. It is also a material that is extensively used in industries for automobiles and aircraft, while it also sees use in furniture and various appliances. The pipe can also be formed and this allows it to be used for the creation of structures that have complex shapes, that will still have the strength of steel.
The smooth appearance of galvanised pipe allows it to get quality finishes through painting and allows for easy colour coding that allows pipes carrying different materials to be easily identified. A major advantage of this material is that it is recyclable and it makes for a material that sees a very high rate of recycling. Recoveries are almost 90 percent and this makes for a huge environmental advantage.
Galvanised pipe has a life of 40 to 50 years, as long as the internal rusting of the pipes is prevented. This resistance can be enhanced by ensuring the quality of water being carried, and always ensuring that the pipes are running full, as when empty, air will enter and this is the major cause of internal rust in pipes.