Thin Wall Pipe in Distribution Systems

by Jack W. Pierce,

Serial Information: Journal of the Pipeline Division, 1963, Vol. 89, Issue 1, Pg. 23-50

Document Type: Journal Paper

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The use of existing pipe material with less wall thickness under acceptable code and safety requirements offer an immediate and practical approach to cost reduction. Distribution piping in the water and gas industries, utilized to only a maximum of 20% of the minimum yield strength under the most severe conditions, represents a waste of material. Charts and graphs are presented to illustrate the actual material savings to be achieved by use of the thin wall steel pipe for gas and water distribution systems. Types of distributions systems and the manufacturing processes for pipes are examined. The advantages, disadvantages and problems involved in thin wall pipes are considered. Specific examples of the use of thin wall pipe in the water and oil industries are given.

Subject Headings: Pipelines | Structural systems | Pipe materials | Strength of materials | Water supply systems | Water pipelines | Walls | Existing buildings | Thickness

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