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Condenser Water: Stainless Steel Pipe

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Together with chilled water systems, condenser water systems are used remove heat energy from a...
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Stainless steel defines a class of ferrous metals with high alloy content to enhance certain...
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Benefit of Material to Systems Application

Stainless steel pipe is a top-shelf material and preferred by many for condenser water systems because of its superior corrosion resistance. While galvanized steel or Schedule 80 (thick-walled) carbon steel are more often used because of their lower cost, stainless steel provides greater durability and is widely regarded as the highest quality material for this application. Although stainless steel piping may have a higher initial cost, it can reduce costs on flushing chemicals because of its cleanliness and on water treatment chemicals because of its corrosion resistant properties. It is suitable for use in any type of building requiring a condenser water system.  Its strength and internal pressure capabilities make it useful in structures from one story to high rise buildings and industrial applications.

System Application and Material Usage

Schedule 10S is the designated wall thickness of stainless steel pipe that is most commonly used for condenser water systems. Stainless steel pipe is generally available in diameters up to 36 inches with dimensions ranging from Schedule 5S to 160S. Schedule designations indicate the pressure capacity of the pipe. When specifying the Schedule of stainless steel pipe, an “S” is added after the Schedule number to differentiate stainless steel from other steel pipe.

The system working pressure and pipe joining method will determine the required pipe wall thickness for each application.  Stainless steel pipe may be installed using a variety of joining methods including grooved, welded, flanged, threaded and other mechanical joining methods.

Stainless steel is the generic name for a number of different steels used primarily because of their corrosion resistant properties.  All stainless steels contain a varying percentage of chromium, molybdenum and nickel.  The most common "family" of stainless steel is austenitic, which includes the pipes made to the specifications of ASTM A312 in Types 304/304L and 316/316L. These materials are almost always the stainless steel option for condenser water systems.  The “L” designation means that the stainless steel contains less than 0.03% carbon. This is beneficial if the pipe needs to be welded. Types 304/304L are for general corrosion applications and Types 316/316L have a higher corrosion resistance to chlorides and may be desired based upon the chemical composition of the water supply.  It should be noted that all cooling towers are constructed from stainless steel.  

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Applicable Joining Methods

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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Threaded

A connection in which an internal threaded fitting and an external threaded piece of pipe or...
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Welding

Welding is generally defined as the act of joining together two or more components by heating...
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