Short Radius Elbow, Sweeps & Returns through Pipe & Tube Bending

Many industries, including liquid petroleum gas (LPG), chemical & petrochemical, energy, and process piping, etc. have a large requirement for pipe fittings including elbows, sweeps and returns. These industries deal with the transferring of gases and liquids within their processing facilities and between one another on a daily basis. Elbows, sweeps and returns are used to . . . → Read More: Short Radius Elbow, Sweeps & Returns through Pipe & Tube Bending

I’ll be Curved for Christmas

It’s Christmas time!  Lights are being strung from the roof tops of homes and businesses all around the country. It’s a beautiful sight.  In Kansas City we have a lighting ceremony at the historic Country Club Plaza, a shopping district built in 1922 which has the longest life span of any planned shopping center in the . . . → Read More: I’ll be Curved for Christmas

Curved Steel to Help Uncage Big Cats

A zoo which is short for zoological park or garden is a facility in which animals are confined within enclosures and displayed to the public. Many critics believe that zoos hurt the lives of those they cage and they hurt our understanding of what animals and their habitats really are.  Zoos in America, particularly those with . . . → Read More: Curved Steel to Help Uncage Big Cats

Tube and Pipe Bending for the Performing Arts

As far back as I can remember, I have been intrigued by the lights and sounds of live theater.  Both onstage and off, the environment within a theater captures a great deal of fluid and dynamic motion.  Naturally, we frequently see the use of curves within a theater to assist the experience.  Seats are arranged in . . . → Read More: Tube and Pipe Bending for the Performing Arts

Curved Pipe in the Evolution of Racing Protection

Generated by strong spectator enthusiasm and wearing nothing but a sleeved protective garment referred to as a Xystis, the chariot racers of yesteryear rarely thought about safety, even when death loomed from fractured necks, spines and craniums, as a result of roll-over crashes.

Fast forward to post World War II years, to an abandoned Southern California . . . → Read More: Curved Pipe in the Evolution of Racing Protection

Bending ASTM A53 vs. A500 Steel Pipe

Some structural steel fabrication drawings have material specifications that are probably incorrect.  For example, many architects and engineers mistakenly detail their drawings calling for the use of pipe with an A53 vs. A500 grade specification in their bill of material.

A500 pipe is normally used in structural applications and general construction.  It should be used for curved . . . → Read More: Bending ASTM A53 vs. A500 Steel Pipe

Curving Pipe for Electric Cars

I am starting to see charging stations for electric cars.  A neighbor who is fortunate to own two electric cars manufactured by Tesla has his charging station in his garage.  However, if he wants to travel between cities along well-traveled highways in North America, Tesla “superchargers” allow him to travel for free.  86 stations are strategically . . . → Read More: Curving Pipe for Electric Cars

Rotary Draw Bending

One of the most versatile and common methods to bend pipe and tube is rotary draw bending.  The radius of such bends is often described as, for example, “2D.”  A 2D bend is one whose center-line radius is equal to two times the outside diameter of the pipe to be bent.

Rotary draw bending involves clamping on . . . → Read More: Rotary Draw Bending

Buildings Whose Exterior Shape Tells You What’s Inside

Many structures whose external shape indicates the purpose of the interior achieve this effect by incorporating curved steel in their design.

For example, curved steel helped create the Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The shape of the building mimics a hot air balloon’s shape.

Chicago Metal Rolled Products curved both 4in and 8in . . . → Read More: Buildings Whose Exterior Shape Tells You What’s Inside

Splitting Steel Pipe and Then Curving or Straightening the Half Pipe

A supervisor at ArcelorMittal wanted to keep its 40,000lb coils of steel from rolling when set on the ground.  He welded lengths of pipe to a steel plate but found that approach to be unsatisfactory.  After talking to us, one of our estimators suggested that perhaps half pipe would do the job.  The supervisor agreed.  Consequently, . . . → Read More: Splitting Steel Pipe and Then Curving or Straightening the Half Pipe