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Pipe Elbows

An "elbow" is defined as a length of pipe with a sharp bend in it. Most commonly elbows have a 90 degree bend, but they could have bends larger or smaller than that and still be referred to as "elbows."

Elbows can be made from metal, plastic or other materials. Metal elbows are sometimes cast or formed through a variety of processes. The discussion here will be limited to forming elbows by bending of pipes through steel pipe bending of a straight piece of pipe.

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Pipe Elbow Capacity

Chicago Metal Rolled Products specializes in bending of pipes from 3/8in OD to 6in OD through the rotary draw pipe bending of pipes process. We can accommodate the bending of pipes with a center-line radius of only two times the outside diameter of the pipe, (a "2D" bend) can be done with no distortion. We have over 600 die sets that match the bent pipes OD along with the desired radius. Consequently, Chicago Metal almost never has to ask its customers for a tooling charge.

Chicago Metal Rolled Products can incorporate the bending of pipes from 3/8in OD to 24in OD through the three-roll bending process. We operate one of the largest pipe bending machines in the country and have the tooling to perform steel pipe bending services for 24in, 20in, 18in, 16in, 14in, 12in, 10in, and 8in pipe, as well as all the smaller sizes of pipe.

Pipe Elbows: Value-Added Services

In addition to the bending of pipes for elbows, we can drill, flare, cope, and do other ancillary operations. Chicago Metals also provides pipe bending services for aluminum pipe elbows, of which we power wash the bent sections, and then stack the parts on green lumber for heat treatment of the elbows at a later time.

Pipe Elbow Applications 

Applications for bending of pipes include process piping, bollards, and ductwork, as well as component parts of equipment and machinery. Chicago Metal has produced pipe elbows to transport water to put out oil well fires during both Iraq wars.

Contact us for more information on steel pipe bending and pipe elbows.

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