|Aluminum Pipe Type||Aluminum Pipe Grade/Schedule||Aluminum Pipe Sizes|
|Aluminum Seamless Pipe||Alloys: 6061, 6063, 6101
Schedules: 40, 80
|OD: 0.75" thru 12"
Stock Length: 20'
|Aluminum Structural Pipe||Alloys: 6061, 6063
Schedules: 10, 40, 80
|OD: 0.375" thru 8"
Stock Lengths: 10', 20'
What's the difference between piping and tubing?
The main difference between piping and tubing is in their intended use. Pipes can be pressure tested, and are used to convey material, whereas tubes are generally used as structural products.
Another key difference comes from how each product is measured. Because pipes typically transfer fluids or gases, the inside diameter is the most important property as it determines capacity. Pipe diameter refers to a nominal outside diameter, not actual, but the wall thickness, or schedule, of the pipe walls effect the inside diameter. The schedule and actual thickness of a pipe varies with the size of the pipe.
The nominal diameter for tubes, however, is based on the actual outside diameter. If you are interested in our aluminum tubing products, have a look at our aluminum tube selections.