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pipe Types

There are many methods of making carbon steel pipe, but the two basic methods result in seamless pipe or welded pipe.  There are several different processes for joining the pipe seams together, such as Electric Resistance Weld (ERW), Electric Fusion Weld (EFW) or furnace butt-weld.  Though it should be noted that the most common processes are ERW and EFW.

  • Standard pipe (seamless and welded) is used for air, gas, steam, and water lines for threading or welding and suitable for flanging or bending fall.  Carbon Steel Pipe is ordered under the specification ASTM A53.
  • Standard pipe (seamless only) is used for high temperatures and is suitable for flanging or bending.  Carbon Steel Pipe is ordered under the specification ASTM A106.
  • Line service pipe (seamless and welded) is used for transporting gas, oil, petroleum, and water.  Carbon Steel Pipe is ordered under the specification API Spec 5L.

Carbon steel pipe can be triple stamped so that it meets the criteria of ASTM A53, ASTM A106, or API 5L.  Each of these specifications requires that the pipe be marked with the spec that it is manufactured to.  The pipe will also specify the grade (e.g. Grade A, Grade B), which determines the specific metallurgy of the carbon steel pipe.

Even though both of the processes below can vary, the result is the same - "pipe."

Seamless Pipe  -  Seamless pipe is extruded into a solid steel tube (billet).  The billet is heated to the proper temperature to be pierced.  It is then cut to a length and pulled as it advances over the piercing tool, which forms a continuous hole.  This process happens again to reach the proper size desired.  Before going further, the pierced billet is reheated.

In the next operation, the pierced billet is rolled over a plug that reduces the diameter and wall thickness and increases the length of the billet.  Small sizes go to the next step.  For large sizes, the previous process is repeated.  The next step is the same for all sizes - the pipe is advanced over a mandrel, where both the inside and outside of the pipe are brushed and cleaned.

Reheating is needed again to obtain an even temperature.  It is passed through a series of rollers to give it the exact size and roundness, then placed on a conveyor belt where it begins to cool and straighten.  The final steps are facing and beveling, followed by inspection.  If it is rejected during inspection, it may become structural grade pipe or line service pipe.  If it passes inspection then goes to loading and shipping.

Welded Pipe  -  Welded pipe comes in coils from storage to the mill.  The coil is flattened and electrically welded together to form a continuous sheet.  Once the proper circumference has been reached, the process of forming the sheet to a round and continuous edge begins.  Next the high frequency welder heats the edge then pressure squeezes the heated edges together to form the weld.  The weld is inspected for any defects that may have occurred.

After the seam has been worked, it is cooled to the temperature required before sizing the pipe.  Once the pipe has passed through rollers that give the proper outside diameter and strength it is cut to a specific length.  Next, it is hydrostatic tested and put through straightening rollers.  The final step is facing and beveling.  If it passes inspection then it goes to loading and shipping.  If it is rejected during inspection, it may then become structural grade pipe or line service pipe.

Rejected Pipe  -  At the time of manufacturing, mills will reject pipe that cannot be graded as a prime product because of physical or chemical imperfections.  Pipe that passes inspection is sold to distributors and manufacturers.  The pipe that did not make the cut is sold with no warranty - you buy as is.  Rejected pipe, also known as structural grade pipe or line service pipe, can still be used in some cases if manufactured to ASTM or API standards.  The rejected pipe comes in all types, sizes, and materials and can still be used for purposes other than prime pipe: fencing, casing, posts, supports, etc.


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Pipe standards

API Standards

  • API 5L - Specification for CRA Clad or Lined Pipe
  • API 15LE - PE Line Pipe
  • API 15LR - Low Pressure Fiberglass Line Pipe
  • API 1104 - Welded Pipelines and Related Facilities

ASME Standards

  • ASME B31.1 - Power Piping
  • ASME B31.3 - Process Piping
  • ASME B41.4 - Pipeline Transportation Systems for Liquids and Slurries
  • ASME B31.8 - Gas Transmission and Distribution Piping Systems
  • ASME B36.10M - Welded and Seamless Wrought Steel Pipe
  • ASME B36.19M - Stainless Steel Pipe

ASTM Standards

  • ASTM A53 - Specification for Pipe, Steel, Black and Hot-Dipped, Zinc-Coated, Welded and Seamless
  • ASTM A74 - Standard Specification for Cast Iron Soil Pipe and Fittings
  • ASTM A106 - Specification for Seamless Carbon Steel Pipe for High Temperature Service
  • ASTM A333 - Specification for Seamless and Welded Steel Pipe for Low Temperature Service
  • ASTM A716 - Standard Specification for Ductile Iron Culvert Pipe
  • ASTM A733 - Standard Specification for Welded and Seamless Carbon Steel and Austenitic Stainless Steel Pipe Nipples
  • ASTM A746 - Standard Specification for Ductile Iron Gravity Sewer Pipe
  • ASTM A1053 - Standard Specification for Welded Ferritic-Martensitic Stainless Steel Pipe
  • ASTM C361 - Reinforced Concrete Low-Head Pressure Pipe
  • ASTM D1527 - Standard Specification for Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene (ABS) Plastic Pipe, Schedules 40 and 80
  • ASTM D1784 - Specification for Rigid Poly(Vinyl Chloride) (PVC) Compounds and Chlorinated Poly(Vinyl Chloride) (CPVC) Compounds
  • ASTM D1785 - Standard Specification for Poly(Vinyl Chloride) (PVC) Plastic Pipe, Schedules 40, 80, and 120
  • ASTM D2104 - Standard Specification for Polyethylene (PE) Plastic Pipe, Schedule 40
  • ASTM D2241 - Standard Specification for Poly(Vinyl Chloride) (PVC) Pressure-Rated Pipe (SDR Series)
  • ASTM D2513 - Standard Specification for Polyethylene (PE) Gas Pressure Pipe, Tubing, and Fittings
  • ASTM D2683 - Standard Specification for Socket-Type Polyethylene Fittings for Outside Diameter-Controlled Polyethylene Pipe and Tubing
  • ASTM D3261 - Standard Specification for Butt Heat Fusion Polyethylene (PE) Plastic Fittings for Polyethylene (PE) Plastic Pipe and Tubing
  • ASTM D3350 - Standard Specification for Polyethylene Plastics Pipe and Fittings Materials
  • ASTM E213 - Standard Practice for Ultrasonic Testing of Metal Pipe and Tubing
  • ASTM E273 - Standard Practice for Ultrasonic Testing of the Weld Zone of Welded Pipe and Tubing
  • ASTM F423 - PTFE Plastic-Lined Ferrous Metal Pipe and Fittings
  • ASTM F437 - Threaded CPVC Plastic Pipe Fittings, Sch 80
  • ASTM F438 - Socket-Type CPVC Plastic Pipe Fittings, Sch 40
  • ASTM F439 - CPVC Plastic Pipe Fittings, Schedule 80
  • ASTM F714 - Standard Specification for Polyethylene (PE) Plastic Pipe (DR-PR) Based on Outside Diameter
  • ASTM F441 / F441M - Standard Specification for Chlorinated Poly(Vinyl Chloride) (CPVC) Plastic Pipe, Schedules 40 and 80
  • ASTM F512 - Standard Specification for Smooth-Wall Poly(Vinyl Chloride) (PVC) Conduit and Fittings for Underground Installation
  • ASTM F714 - Standard Specification for Polyethylene (PE) Plastic Pipe (DR-PR) Based on Outside Diameter
  • ASTM F2206 - Standard Specification for Fabricated Fittings of Butt-Fused Polyethylene (PE)

AWWA Standards

  • AWWA C105 -
  • AWWA C115 - Standard for Flanged Ductile Iron Pipe with Ductile-Iron or Gray-Iron Threaded Flanges
  • AWWA C207 - Steel Pipe Flanges for Waterworks Service, Sizes 4 in. through 144 in.
  • AWWA C209 - Tape Coatings for Steel Water Pipe and Fittings
  • AWWA C215 - Extruded Polyolefin Coatings for Steel Pipe
  • AWWA C222 - Polyurethane Coatings and Linings for Steel Water Pipe and Fittings
  • AWWA C225 - Fused Polyolefin Coatings for Steel Water Line
  • AWWA C229 - Fusion-Bonded Polyethylene Coatings for Steel Water Pipe
  • AWWA C300 - Reinforced Concrete Pressure Pipe, Steel Cylinder Type, for Water and Other Liquids
  • AWWA C301 - Prestressed Concrete Pressure Pipe, Steel Cylinder Type, for Water and Other Liquids
  • AWWA C302 - Reinforced Concrete Pressure Pipe, Noncylinder Type
  • AWWA C304 - Design of Prestressed Concrete Cylinder Pipe
  • AWWA C621 - Internal Pipe Joint Seal Assemblies for Water Service
  • AWWA C622 - Pipe Bursting of Porable water Mains 4 in. to 36 in.
  • AWWA C900 - Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Pressure Pipe and Fabricated Fittings, 4 In. Through 12 In. (100 mm Through 300 mm), for Water Transmission and Distribution
  • AWWA C901 - Polyethylene (PE) Pressure Pipe and Tubing, 3.4 in. through 3 in
  • AWWA C906 - Polyethylene (PE) Pressure Pipe and Fittings 4 In. (100 mm) Through 63 In. (1,600 mm) for Water Distribution and Transmission
  • AWWA C950 - Standard for Fiberglass Pressure Pipe
  • AWWA M11 - Steel Pipe - A Guide for Design and Installation
  • AWWA M23 - PVC Pipe - Design and Installation
  • AWWA M55 - PE Pipe - Design and Installation
  • AWWA M75 - Elastomers for Waterworks: Pipes, Valves, and Fittings


Pipe Glossary


  • ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene)  -  A ridged black plastic pipe used for drain, waste, and vent lines.
  • Allowable pipe span  -  The distance between pipe supports that is allowed before the deflection is to great.
  • Ambient temperature  -  When outdoors the ambient temperature is the current surrounding environment air temperature.


  • Backing ring  -  Inserted between two butt welding joints before welding to allow for complete penetration.
  • Barlow's formula  -  The point just before or at when a pipe or tubing fails under pressure.
  • Bernoulli's equation  -  A way of describing the conservation of energy principle in an incompressible fluid.
  • Black pipe  -  Lacquered outside diameter of the pipe.


  • Cathodic protection  -  A method used to control corrosion on the surface of a metal which can be above or below ground pipes, tanks, vessels, etc.
  • Cold bending  -  The bending of pipe to a predetermined radius at any temperature below some specified phase change or transformation temperature but especially at or near room temperature.
  • Cold working  -  Ordinarily done at room temperature, but may be done at the temperature and rate at which strain hardening occures.
  • Corrosion  -  The thinning of a pipe wall that is typically caused by a chemical reaction from a corroding fluid or agent and is limited almost exclusively to metal products.
  • Corrosion allowance  -  The amount of material in a pipe or vessel that is available for corrosion without affecting the pressure containing integrity.


  • Density  -  The ratio of the amount of matter in an object compared to its volume.
  • Dew point  -  The temperature at which air must be cooled to become saturated with water vapor. 
  • Dynamic pressure  -  The amount of total pressure resulting from the media velocity.


  • Extruded pipe  -  Pipe produced from hollow or solid round forgings, usally in a hydraulic extrusion press.


  • Fitting  -  A piping component that is used to join piping, change the direction or diameter of piping or end the pipe.
  • Flange  -  A bolted connection where two pieces of pipe, equipment, fittings or valves are connected together to form a piping system.
  • Flexural strength  -  The measure of a materials ability to withstand a specified deformation under a beam load.
  • Flow line  -  A pipe that that carries oil, gas or water from the wellhead to a well-test manifold or production facilities.
  • Flow rate  -  The amount of fluid that flows in a given time past a specific point.
  • Fluid pressure  -  Fluid at rest, exerts a force perpendicular to any surface in comes in contact with.

  • Friction  -  The mechanical resistance to the relative movement of two surfaces.


  • Gathering line  -  A pipe that that carries oil, gas or water from the wellhead to a well-test manifold or production facilities.


  • Head pressure  -  The pressure at a specific point to the vertical distance at another specific point.
  • Hoop stress  -  The circumferential stress imposed on a pipe wall when exposed to an internal pressure load.
  • Hydraulic radius  -  The area cross-section of water in a pipe or channel divided by the wetting perimeter.




  • Kinematic viscosity  -  The ratio of dynamic viscosity to density or the resistive flow of a fluid under the influance of gravity.


  • Laminar flow  -  Generally happens when dealing with low Reynolds numbers in pipes.


  • Manifold  -  A fitting that connects a number of branches to the main.
  • Mass  -  The amount of matter an object has.
  • Mass flow rate   -  The average velocity of a mass that passes by a point.
  • Material hardness  -  The property of a material that enables it to resist plastic deformation, usually by penetration.


  • Nominal diameter  -  The external size diameter designated of pipe or threads.



  • Pascal's law  -  The increase in pressure is uniformly applied in all directions in a confined fluid.
  • Pipe end  -  There are three main types of pipe ends: beveled, threaded or plain.
  • Piping one-line drawing  -  A piping single line drawing is a piping drawing that shows the size and location of pipes, fittings and valves.
  • Pipe rack  -  Is used to support piping, instrumentation, cable tray and other components in a process facility.
  • Pipe schedule  -  The term used to describe the thickness of a pipe.
  • Pipeline parameter  -  Proportional to maximum water hammer pressure rise and static pressure.
  • Pipeline pigging  -  A PIG is a Pipeline Inspection Gauge.  PIG's scrape the inside of the pipeline and perform cleaning maintenance on the wall.
  • Porosity  -  Presence of gas pockets or voids in metal.
  • Pressure  -  It is the force exerted perpendicular to the surface of an object and is expressed as force per unit area.
  • Pressure loss  -  The difference in upstream and downstream pressure.
  • Pressure rating  -  The estimated maximum pressure a liquid can exert continuously inside the pipe at which the pipe will not fail.


  • Quenching  -  A process of quickly cooling an elevated temperature.


  • Resistance welding  -  A group of welding processes used to weld metal using electric current to force join by pressure of the metals.
  • Reynolds number  -  Measures the ratio of inertial forces (forces that remain at rest or in uniform motion) to viscosity forces (the resistance to flow).
  • Rolled pipe  -  Pipe produced from a forged billet which is pierced by a conical mandrel between to diametrically opposing rolls.


  • Schedule number  -  A number system setup by ANSI and ASME for the purpose of standardization to designate the size of a pipe.
  • Sleeve  -  Pipe which is passed through a wall for the purpose of inserting another pipe through it.
  • Slug flow  -  Occurs when the speed of the vapor phase pushes the waves from the wavy flow regime onto each other.
  • Specific gravity  -  The density or ratio of any substance to another substance.
  • Spiral welded  -  A method of manufacturing pipe by coiling a plate into a helix and fusion welded the overlapped or abutted edges.
  • Spiral welded pipe  -  A pipe with a spiral seam running the entire length of the pipe.  Originally used with low pressure services, but with current technology it is possible to produce for higher pressure service.
  • Standard weight  -  A piping designation that denotes the wall thickness.
  • Statically cast pipe  -  Pipe formed by the solidification of molten metal in a sand mold.
  • Stress  -  The force per unit area of cross-section.
  • Swaging  -  Reducing the ends of the pipe and tube sections with rotating dies which are passed intermittently against the pipe or tube end.


  • Tension strength  -  The capacity of a material to resist a force tending to stretch it.
  • Thermal expansion  -  The increase in length, area or volume due to the increase (in some cased decrease) in temperature.
  • Thermoplastic  -  A plastic which is capable of repeatedly softened by the increase of temperature and hardened by the decrease of temperatsure.
  • Thixotropic liquid  -  The viscosity of a liquid decreases as agitation is increased at a constant temperature.
  • Torque  -  The rotational force used to move a shart.
  • Toughness  -  The ability of a material to absorb considerable energy without fracturing.



  • Valve  -  A mechanism used to stop or open and regulate flow.
  • Vapor  -  The gas state of a liquid or solid.  Both vapor and gas are basically the same thing.
  • Vapor pressure  -  The pressure at a certain temperature when the liquid and vapor are in equilibrium.
  • Velocity  -  The rate of change or displacement with time


  • Water hammer  -  Occurs when a valve is suddenly opened or closed.
  • Welding  -  The fabrication process that fuses like materials togeather by heating them to a suitable temperatures, this can be acomplished by brazing, soldering or welding.
  • Wrought iron  -  A commercially pure iron, having a very small carbon content (carbon content does not exceed 0.15 per cent), but usually contains some slag.
  • Wrought iron pipe  -  Used for the water supply in older houses.  Wrought iron does not fuse easily so it cannot be cast.



  • Yield strength  -  The minimum stress that leads to permanent deformation of the material.



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