The Ultimate Guide To
Covering Every Type Of Heating Pipe
Essentially, heating pipework or piping networks involve a system of pipes which are used for the transportation of liquids – mainly water. There are all sorts of initial design considerations to make regarding the installation of pipework, with adherence to building principles and regulations amongst them.
We promise to try our best not to bore you with overcomplicated jargon, but an Ultimate Guide needs to at least briefly highlight the guidelines outset in these regulations. As such, we can confirm that Approved Document B of the building regulations state that pipework “includes pipe fittings and accessories. The definition of ‘pipe’ excludes a flue pipe and a pipe used for ventilation purposes, other than a ventilating pipe for an above-ground drainage system.”
You could be forgiven for not realising the role, or even the presence of pipework amongst plenty of heating-related paraphernalia. All sorts of devices and components incorporate pipes, inclusive of gaskets, bolts, valves, supports, flanges, strainers, flexible and expansion joints, plus simple pipes.
These key fixtures have varied purposes – typically to read and control the fluid flow rate, temperature and pressure.
What Materials Are Used To Make Heating Pipework?
There are a few main materials used in the construction of heating pipework, each boasting their own unique properties, advantages and disadvantages.
Stainless steel and carbon fibre are the most popular pipework manufacturing materials on the whole. However, there are a whole host of other non-metallic, plastic and lined piping options available too, including concrete, copper, fiberglass and aluminium.
An overview of each type will follow later in this article, but as a basic starting point, any decision on material should take into account the array of conditions the pipework will encounter. In particular, the shifts in material strength in environments with enhanced temperatures. Given that fluid flow can cause erosion or corrosion in pipework over time, it is a sound idea to choose a material that will corrode slowly at a rate that is known.