The Different Types of Pipes
As you might know, there are many types of pipes made available for any situations, in different industries. Each type also differs in their shapes, sizes, and materials which they are made of. It is easy to familiarize yourself with the many types of pipes, through reading specific books, or rather, the internet. You can witness the types of pipes even around your house.
It is interesting to see that the pipes you see around your house can also be seen in a bigger and much more dangerous situations, like the oil and gas industry. Of course, the pipes that those industries are using scaled much bigger and stronger than the normal household pipes. Here are some of the different types of pipes, their characteristics, and pictures to better understand them.
Pipe fittings are devices that are connected to the ends of pipes and enable them to change course, regulate flow, and alter diameter. Pipe fittings may be as complicated as picking the proper screw or nail for a building job to any inexperienced homeowner. The materials differ, and the exact function, while explicit, is difficult to decipher.
Below are some of the many types of pipe fittings and its functions:
- Elbows – To modify the degree or path of the pipe run, use this tool. Curves of 90˚ and 45° are the most popular. The fitting’s sweep defines how quickly a movement or shift in direction occurs.
- Tee fittings – Allows for branch lines and is shaped like the letter T.
- Adaptor fittings – To convert the male or female threads on the tip of a non-threaded pipe as needed, use this fitting. Plumbing tasks using copper and plastic are the most usual.
- Valves – Controlling the flow of fluid or gas inside or out of a pipe. (Ball valves, compression valves, sleeve-cartridge valves, ceramic disc valves, and so on).
- Nipples – Pipe that is threaded on both ends in short lengths.
- Unions – When pipes can’t be rotated or when a component needs to be removed for repair or replacement, this joint is used.
- Cross type – When four pipes come together at a location, they are linked. Because they are in the middle of four connecting sites, these fittings put additional stress on the pipe when the pressure changes. Fire sprinkler systems frequently employ cross fittings.
- Barb fittings – Low-pressure fluid, gas, and air flow control applications frequently employ barbed fittings.
Pipe hangers and supports are devices that transmit loads from a pipe or structural connection to a structural support or equipment. Rod hangers, spring hangers, sway braces, turnbuckles, struts, anchors, saddles, rollers, brackets, and sliding supports are some of the items on the list. Clips, lugs, clamps, clevises, and stops are examples of structural connections that are welded, bolted, or clamped to the pipe.
Each of the supports have their own characteristic and uses. In Malaysia, you can also find multiple types of pipe fittings and supports at your local hardware. Unitrade offers multiple choices, different types of pipes, even ductile iron saddles, are available at a reasonable price.