When you purchase pipe fittings, you should consider certain factors, such as the size and form, to make sure that it matches your specific purpose perfectly. Another important factor to consider is the material that is used to make the pipe fittings. Certain components like chromium and chromium-nickel-iron alloys have a drastic effect on the strength and appearance of steel when they are added to it, and thus, we get stainless steel that is ideal for your butt weld pipe fittings.
Reasons you should use butt weld pipe fittings made of stainless steel are:
Stainless steel is one of the most commonly used materials used for pipe fittings. Due to its strength and sturdiness, it has been used for the construction of pipes and pipe fittings for years. The most common grades used are stainless steel 304 and 316. The 304 pipe fittings are flexible and become stronger when you apply heat treatment to them. The more alloys added to the steel, the stronger it becomes. This is why stainless steel is considered one of the strongest varieties of steel. Another way steel is made sturdier is by making a more durable surface with the addition of a layer of chromium. Apart from being sturdy, chrome-plated pipe fittings are also corrosion-resistant and easy to clean.
Stainless steel can withstand the extreme heat treatment. It is easy to find stainless steel butt weld pipe fittings with the required quantity of carbon for any purpose. Ferritic stainless steel is usually used in a project that needs an oversized quantity of steel due to its standard usage and lower cost. Austenitic stainless steel, however, is often used within the automotive industry because of its superior corrosion resistance. Another type is martensitic stainless steel, which is used to make springs and wires because of its strength. However, stainless steel is used in certain, non-industrial functions when the carbon content reaches 1%.
The use of stainless steel 316 pipe fittings is usually seen in industrial functions like electric power, commercial construction, the building of ships, and crude oil refinement. They are also used for fire sprinkler systems, pipes carrying water, various combustible gases, steam or oil, and also in domestic use within the household. The chrome-plated stainless steel pipe fittings also prevent rust and ensure the fittings appear recently polished. Since chrome plating contains a bright look naturally, it is used widely in the automobile industry.
Contact the stainless steel suppliers in South Africa for different types of butt weld pipe fittings. While purchasing the fittings, make sure to check the ASTM and ASME standards for the best quality products.