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Speciality Metals offers a durable and versatile mild steel pipe that comes in various lengths. This 31.75mm x 3.2mm round ERW round tube is a cost-effective option that will meet all your needs. Not only is it easily recyclable, but it also has excellent welding, forming, bending and machining abilities. This steel pipe is perfect for any project that requires a sturdy and reliable material. Its exceptional quality makes it a popular choice in the construction industry, and its affordability ensures that it fits within your budget. With its excellent properties, this mild steel pipe is a practical and attractive choice for any project.
31.75 x 3.2mm round mild steel pipe is used in many structural and engineering applications. The size refers to the outside diameter and then the thickness of the wall.
ERW means Electric Resistance Welded. ERW tube is made when steel strip is welded to form a tube shape. The tube is continuously seam welded which means that there is a neat weld running along the inside of the tube.
Mild steel round tube is widely used in a variety of applications and also comes in both square and rectangular options.
Speciality Metals is known to be the United Kingdom’s best up-and-coming small-quantity metal company.
Furthermore we stock a vast range of round tube options that compliment our mesh range perfectly.
Over 50,000 customers of Specialty Metals are provided with fast, friendly customer service every year. We’re the place to try when you need metal of any shape and size. We’re based in Warrington, UK. We pride ourselves on our rapid turnaround and a large range of options.
We also carry a wide range of mild steel sheet metal, angle iron and flat bar.
Mild steel is a quality strong metal. However it is not rust proof and may do so over time. Please use galvanised or stainless steel if you need resistance to rust. If this metal tube does show signs of rust then simply remove this with WD40 or fine sanding.
The grade of plain steel that we have available has mechanical properties that provide excellent machinability, formability and weldability.
Mild steel can be welded and it’s also suitable for painting. Mild steel is a magnetic grade of metal. Magnets will stick to this sheet but it is not itself a magnet.
Mild steel pipe can indeed be both reused and recycled, but the method chosen often depends on the pipe’s condition and its prior application.
Reuse: Mild steel pipes can be reused if they are in good condition and have not deteriorated significantly. Before reusing, it’s important to inspect them thoroughly for any signs of corrosion, damage or other structural compromises. The pipe’s previous application also plays a role. For instance, pipes used to transport hazardous materials might not be suitable for reuse in applications like potable water transport, even if they look structurally sound.
If a mild steel pipe was used in a non-corrosive environment and remains in good shape, it might find a second life in various applications such as structural projects, garden projects, furniture-making or other DIY projects.
Recycling: Mild steel is highly recyclable. If a pipe has reached the end of its usable life, it can be taken to a recycling facility where it will be melted down and repurposed into new steel products. Recycling steel not only prevents waste but also uses significantly less energy than producing steel from raw materials. In fact, steel is one of the most recycled materials worldwide, and the steelmaking industry heavily relies on scrap steel, which includes old pipes, to produce new steel.
In conclusion, mild steel pipes can be both reused and recycled. While reuse can extend the functional life of the material in a new application, recycling ensures that the material’s value is retained and reused in the production of new steel products. Both practices contribute positively to sustainability and resource conservation.
Proper storage of mild steel pipes is essential to prevent damage and degradation. The following guidelines will help ensure the longevity and quality of your mild steel pipes during storage:
Surface Protection: Before storage, clean the pipes of any dirt, oil or grease. If the pipes will be stored for an extended period, consider applying a light coat of rust-inhibitive oil or spray to protect against oxidation.
Elevate Off the Ground: Pipes should be stored off the ground on raised platforms, racks or wooden dunnage. This prevents direct contact with ground moisture and allows air circulation underneath, reducing the risk of rust formation.
Avoid Water Accumulation: Store the pipes in a location where water cannot accumulate. If pipes are stored outdoors, they should be placed at a slight tilt to allow water to run off. Also, use tarpaulins or other waterproof covers to shield them from rain, but ensure adequate ventilation to prevent condensation.
Stacking: When stacking pipes, ensure the stacks are stable. Use wooden or metal spacers between layers of pipes to ensure even weight distribution and to prevent deformation.
Indoor Storage: Whenever possible, store mild steel pipes indoors, away from the elements. A dry, well-ventilated warehouse or shed is ideal.
Keep Away from Harmful Chemicals: Ensure that pipes are not stored near corrosive substances. Exposure to chemicals can lead to accelerated corrosion.
Regular Inspection: Periodically inspect stored pipes for signs of rust, moisture or other damages. If you notice any water or moisture, dry the pipes immediately.
Limit Exposure: If pipes are coated, painted or galvanised, limit their exposure to direct sunlight to prevent the degradation of these protective coatings.
Separate by Size and Type: To make retrieval easier and prevent confusion, store pipes of different sizes, lengths or types in separate areas or stacks.
Safety: Always ensure that the storage area is free from trip hazards, and the stacks are stable to prevent accidents.
By adhering to these storage guidelines, you can significantly extend the lifespan of mild steel pipes and maintain their quality until they are ready for use. Proper storage not only preserves the material properties but also ensures safety and organisation in the storage area.
Cost-Effectiveness: Mild steel pipes are generally more affordable than pipes made from other materials, such as stainless steel or copper. This cost advantage becomes particularly significant for large projects or applications that require a significant quantity of piping.
Ease of Fabrication: Mild steel is a relatively soft and malleable material, making it easier to cut, weld and form compared to harder steels. This malleability facilitates various fabrication processes, making it suitable for diverse applications.
Weldability: Mild steel pipes offer excellent weldability. They can be welded using various methods without the need for specialised treatments, making them a popular choice in construction and other industries where welding is essential.
Versatility: Mild steel pipes are suitable for a wide range of applications, from plumbing and gas lines to structural and architectural uses. Their versatility means they can be tailored to various requirements by adjusting their diameter, wall thickness and finish.
Availability: Due to their popularity and widespread use, mild steel pipes are readily available in a wide range of sizes and specifications. This availability ensures that project timelines can be met without waiting for special orders or shipments.
Recyclability: Mild steel is highly recyclable, allowing for a more sustainable life cycle compared to some other materials. Used or scrap pipes can be melted down and repurposed into new steel products, promoting sustainability.
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