Types of Steel Used in Pipes

Types of Steel Used in Pipes Steel pipes have countless applications, but their basic purpose is to channel liquid or gas from one place to the next. They are used in both large-scale transportation systems buried beneath cities and smaller piping systems used in residential and commercial buildings. They are also used in industrial manufacturing plants and construction sites. Indeed, there is virtually no end to steel pipe applications, and this impressive versatility is all thanks to the strength and flexibility of steel as a structural material. Let’s take a closer look at the types of steel that are used in pipes.

Carbon Steel

Carbon steel is the most common type of steel used in pipes. Its chemical makeup has relatively low amounts of alloying materials, which makes it easy to fabricate with a beam machine and helps keep costs down. Generally used in the automotive, marine, and oil and gas industries, carbon steel pipe offers impressive strength under loading.

Alloyed Steel

Adding alloys, such as copper, nickel, chromium, and manganese, to steel improves its performance. Alloyed steel pipe is ideal for high loadings and unstable conditions, making it a popular option for oil and gas, petro-chemical, and refining operations.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is a material that has been enhanced with a chromium alloy to resist corrosion. Stainless steel pipe is universally used, therefore, in the marine industry and by companies that produce medicine, purify drinking water, and have similar applications where a corrosion-free piping system is required.

Galvanized Steel

Similar to stainless steel, galvanized steel is alloyed with a corrosion-resistant metal, this time zinc. Though zinc helps galvanized steel pipe resist corrosion, its performance isn’t as strong as stainless steel, and the pipe may, in fact, corrode over time. Plus, its lifespan is only around 50 years. Though once popular in residential plumbing systems, galvanized steel pipe is primarily used for industrial piping systems today.

Advanced Steel Pipe Cutting Technology

No matter what type of steel is used in pipes, having the right equipment for fabrication is essential for professional metal fabricators specializing in steel pipe and tube production. BeamCut is industry-leading fabrication technology that can optimize your materials, speed up production at your shop, and reduce your overhead.

Optimize Your Materials

BeamCut can process any shape or profile in the industry, including pipe and HSS. Equipped with hydraulic clamps (included standard), BeamCut correctly positions the material on the infeed conveyor and firmly holds it in place, preventing rotation during processing. It is also available with a round tube cutter. And with the automated software controlling the plasma torch, you can expect perfect cuts every time.

Speed Up Your Production

BeamCut’s CNC software is a cinch to use. Simply pull in the desired profile from the shapes library or CAD, load the steel material, and press the start button. This remarkable structural steel and plate fabrication machine can reduce your production time by as much as 80%, a substantial return on investment!

Reduce Your Overhead

The CNC software not only prevents cutting mistakes and the wasted costs of damaged materials, but it also makes BeamCut so easy to use that it only requires one technician to operate, helping you save on labor costs.

Learn More

To learn more about BeamCut, the industry’s most advanced beam machine and pipe-cutting technology, contact us today. When you do, ask about the free and unlimited lifetime support that we’ll include with your purchase.