OPUS

Hydronic Piping: Copper

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Hydronic is a term used to describe a heating or cooling system that transfers heat by...
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Copper is a long lasting, corrosion resistant, lightweight and strong material that involves...
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Benefit of Material to Systems Application

The characteristics of copper tubing have proven it to be an excellent and economical choice for use in heating water systems. However, carbon steel is the most popular material for hydronic heating water at standard sizes. Systems would then typically switch to copper tube under 1” and in individual coil units, air handling units or Variable Air Volume (VAV) boxes, where cost is less of an issue and copper’s superior heat conduction is most advantageous.

System Application and Material Usage

Copper tubing has a wide variety of sizes to meet the needs of a wide range of applications; however the sizes used most for hydronic heating piping range from 1/4" through 12", though economics usually limit its use to up to 6" or 8".  Hydronic heating systems are typically installed with ASTM B 88 Type L or Type M tubing; Type K is reserved for high pressure riser or buried applications where its increased strength and wall thickness are required. 

Joints may be soldered, brazed, roll grooved for use with a mechanical coupling, flanged, or other mechanical joining methods such as push and crimp type.

Manufacturers and Suppliers Participating in OPUS

ANVIL International

Anvil International offers a full line of domestically-produced iron fittings, steel nipples,......
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Cerro Flow Products LLC

Cerro Flow Products LLC is a manufacturer of world-class grade copper tube for the plumbing,......
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Elkhart Products Corporation

Elkhart Products Corporation is part of Aalberts Industries N.V. and enjoys the distinction of......
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Embassy Group LTD

Embassy Group LTD is a 100-percent member owned, 3.2 billion dollar corporation consisting of......
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F.W. Webb Company

F.W. Webb Company is a multi-faceted distributor of plumbing and heating, HVAC and controls,......
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Ferguson

Ferguson specializes in providing PVF, Plumbing, HVAC and Related Specialty Products and......
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Grinnell Mechanical Products, A Tyco International Company

Grinnell Mechanical Products, a leading brand of Tyco International Company, manufactures a wide......
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J.O. Galloup Company

J.O. Galloup Company is a premier distributor of commercial and industrial piping products,......
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Metraflex Company

For over 55years Metraflex has met the needs of the contractor. The MetraLoop, a flexible pipe......
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Mueller Industries, Inc.

Mueller Industries, Inc. is the leading U.S. manufacturer of copper tube, copper fittings and......
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NIBCO INC.

NIBCO Inc. is a recognized industry leader of flow control solutions to the residential and......
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Victaulic

Victaulic is the world's leading manufacturer of mechanical pipe joining products. For over 80......
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Viega

Founded in 1899, Viega manufactures and distributes the highest quality plumbing, heating and......
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Weldbend Corporation

Weldbend Corporation is a manufacturer of carbon steel welding fittings and forged steel......
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WinWholesale, Inc.

WinWholesale, Inc. is comprised of over 525 wholesale distribution locations. Along with Noland......
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Applicable Joining Methods

Brazing

Brazing is a joining process that produces coalescence of metals by heating the components to a...
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Flanged

Flanging maybe used for threaded or plane-end pipe. After a flange component is installed on the...
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Grooved

Grooved pipe joints consist of two grooved pipe ends (typically roll grooved) connected with a...
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Mechanical

Used for ductile iron pipe, the mechanical joining method consists of a number of components...
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Press

Press joining is a form of mechanical connection for copper and steel tubing which uses a...
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Solder

Soldering copper pipe, or “sweating” as it is called in the trades, joins the pipe...
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