A stainless steel pipe system is the product of choice for carrying corrosive or sanitary fluids, slurries and gases, particularly where high pressures, high temperatures or corrosive environments are involved. Due to stainless steel’s aesthetic properties, stainless steel pipe is also used in architectural applications.
Stainless steel pipe can be generally defined as a heavy wall thickness tubing, with dimensions as specified by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Pipe dimensions are specified by outside diameter – indicated by the NPS (imperial) or DN (metric) designator and sometimes confusingly referred to as the ‘nominal bore’ – and wall thickness, reflected in the schedule number. ASME B36.19M covers these dimensions.
Stainless steel pipe and fittings are supplied in the annealed condition to facilitate fabrication and ensurebest corrosion resistance. Atlas Steels can also supply stainless steel pipe with an abrasive polished external finish suitable for architectural applications.