Our steel pipe range complements our wide range of other metal products which can be used in commercial and industrial construction. All of our steel pipes are of the highest quality and supplied directly to our customers quickly and efficiently.
Steel pipes have been around since the 19th century, and ever since their inception, they have become commonplace in countless industries across the globe. Known for their incredible strength, light weight, durability and resistance to torsion, steel pipes have shown their worth time after time as a dependable material for a huge range of purposes.
As far as ease of use goes, steel pipe is incredibly simple to work with. It can be manipulated into a huge variety of dimensions and strengths that allow its use for countless applications, from residential drains to industrial piping. This article will give an overview of steel pipes, the common sizes used as well as how to cut and bend steel.
Steel pipe is very versatile and can be created to any size or dimension. Steel pipe is generally measured in three ways: thickness, the nominal bore (NB) (which measures the hollow section) and the outside diameter. Below is a table of the most common steel pipe sizes available.
Outside Diameter (OD)
Nominal Bore (NB)
Outside Diameter (OD)
Steel pipe is naturally strong and resistant to damage, so to cut it to size, a specialised tube or pipe cutter is used. Some cutters will need to be manually adjusted to change the aperture, while others automatically adjust. There are other methods, such as using angle grinders or saws, but they will offer a poorer result than a pipe cutter.
Due to the natural properties of steel pipe, bending it to shape can be a labour-intensive process. One of the easiest ways to bend steel pipe is using a pipe bender. This custom tool applies hydraulic force to the pipe to manipulate its shape and create a bend in the steel. There are other, less effective ways to bend steel, such as with a blowtorch or tube roller. However, the risk of injury and poorly bent pipes is much higher when compared to a pipe bender.
For all your domestic and commercial steel needs in Darwin, contact us at Top End Steel Supplies today on 08 8931 0055.