Lesser-Known Uses for Carbon Steel Piping
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Carbon steel piping is the most basic form of steel piping available. It contains a majority of steel, with a few extra types of metal added in for strength and rust-resistant properties. However, none of the other materials have a high enough concentration to create a steel alloy. Carbon steel is used in 85 percent of all steel applications in the United States. Steel piping is often used to transport fuel, oil, or other liquids from one place to another. However, carbon piping also used for some lesser-known uses in a wide variety of industries.
- Agriculture: Carbon steel piping is used in many forms of agriculture. Carbon pipes are used to transport water to keep fields green, and used to transport animal waste and food into pens and feeding troughs.
- Mining: Miners use carbon piping to transport liquid into mines to lubricate mining equipment. The pipes are used to wash newly-mined materials to separate dirt and other materials from the material that the miners want to gather.
- Transportation: The transportation industry uses smaller carbon pipes for a variety of engine parts and other vehicle needs. Carbon pipes are used for fuel lines, as a carrier for engine cooling, as a transport for brake fluid, and power steering. Carbon pipes are also used in trains and railroads to keep train components lubricated and working properly.
In addition to the more common uses for transporting fuel, oil, and other liquids, the unusual uses help us see just how useful carbon piping is in modern society. Without the benefits that steel piping brings to the industrial world, people would have to create new ways to transport these volatile materials from one place to another. Steel piping provides a safe method to transport corrosive and dangerous materials without causing damage to the ground, plants, animals, or people.