Industrial pipes are made of different materials depending on the heat transfer fluid, use of the installation, type of plant and scope of investment.
Currently, the most demanded materials in pipes for industrial facilities are:
- Copper Pipes: Copper pipes are used in refrigeration for refrigerant circuits with refrigerant gas, they are usually either rigid or flexible.
- Stainless Steel Pipes: Stainless steel pipes stand out for their low level of corrosion, attractive appearance, low level of head loss, high mechanical strength and durability. The assembly can be by means of mechanical pressing, very used for small diameters due to the rapidity of the assembly, or welded with inert chamber to guarantee a long duration of the pipe.
- Electro-welded Polyethylene Pipes: The use of this type of pipes has been extended in industrial facilities because it has many points in favor, such as: its low weight, which facilitates its handling especially in large diameters, its resistance to corrosion and oxidation, long service life, low load loss and resistance to scale and is also susceptible to recycling. The investment cost is lower than other options, which makes it a first line material.
- Aluminum Pipes: Aluminum pipes for the industry are especially applicable in compressed air, vacuum or inert gas. Its mounting system with quick attachment allows for greater safety in terms of leaks, as well as reducing times and consequently the necessary investment. Additionally, aluminum perfectly withstands moisture contained in compressed air, making it resistant to oxidation and scale. It also facilitates future extensions and modifications to be made on the pipe installed in a first phase.