Metal pipes are used in various areas
Metal pipes can be used for various purposes in domestic installations, in industry or in mechanical engineering. The robust and durable pipes are available in different versions made from different materials. In addition, metal pipes are fully recyclable. Copper and various types of steel are widely accepted as materials for metal pipes.
Copper pipes are a classic in pipe installation. Copper piping is used in many ways in the installation of drinking water pipes, heating systems and many other applications. Copper pipes can be connected in various ways using suitable fittings. In addition to the classic soldering of the pipe connection, pressing processes or clamp fittings can also be used. In particular, the pressing of copper pipes using suitable press fittings has become popular in recent decades. Copper pipes are available in various degrees of hardness as rods, usually five metres long, and soft copper piping is also available in the form of pipe rolls.
As well as copper, stainless steel can also be used for metal pipes. Stainless steel piping is corrosion resistant and durable. It can be combined with suitable stainless steel fittings. Like copper pipes, stainless steel pipes can be used in drinking water installations if suitable and approved. The corrosion-resistant metal tube can also be used in numerous other applications.
Carbon steel is a cheaper alternative for metal piping. The pipes made of unalloyed carbon steel can be used, for example, in heating circuits or cooling systems in dry environments. Stainless steel pipes and carbon steel pipes are available in different variants, usually two or six metres long. If pipes of different metals are combined within the pipe installation, the material compatibility should be checked in advance. The flow rule must also be considered. For example, within a drinking water installation the water should always flow from the less noble to the more noble material. Otherwise, corrosion may occur within the pipeline. Copper pipes can therefore be installed behind a galvanised steel pipe line, but not the other way round.