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Within industry, piping is a system of pipes used to convey fluids (liquids and gases) from one location to another. The engineering discipline of piping design studies the

efficient transport of fluid. [1][2]

Industrial process piping (and accompanying in-line components) can be manufactured from wood, fiberglass, glass, steel, aluminum, plastic, copper, and concrete. The in-line components, known as fittings, valves, and other devices, typically sense and control the pressure, flow rate and temperature of the transmitted fluid, and usually are included in the field of Piping Design (or Piping Engineering). Piping systems are documented in piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs). If necessary, pipes can be cleaned by the tube cleaning process.

"Piping" sometimes refers to Piping Design, the detailed specification of the physical piping layout within a process plant or commercial building. In earlier days, this was sometimes called Drafting, Technical drawing, Engineering Drawing, and Design but is today commonly performed by Designers who have learned to use automated Computer Aided Drawing / Computer Aided Design (CAD) software.,l

Large-scale piping system in an HVAC mechanical room
Large-scale piping system in an
HVAC mechanical room

Plumbing is a piping system with which most people are familiar, as it constitutes the

form of fluid transportation that is used to provide potable water and fuels to their homes and businesses. Plumbing pipes also remove waste in the form of sewage, and allow venting of sewage gases to the outdoors. Fire sprinkler systems also use piping, and may transport nonpotable or potable water, or other fire-suppression fluids.

Piping also has many other industrial applications, which are crucial for moving raw and semi-processed fluids for refining into more useful products. Some of the more exotic materials of construction are Inconel, titanium, chrome-moly and various other steel alloys.


1 Engineering subfields

2 Stress analysis

3 Materials

4 Wooden piping history

5 Standards

6 See also

7 References

8 Further reading

9 External links

Engineering subfields

Generally, industrial piping engineering has three major subfields:

Piping material

Piping design

Stress analysis

Stress analysis


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Process piping and power piping are typically checked by pipe stress engineers to verify that the routing, nozzle loads, hangers, and supports are properly placed and selected such that allowable pipe stress is not exceeded under different loads such as sustained loads, operating loads, pressure testing loads, etc., as stipulated by the ASME B31, EN 13480 or any other applicable codes and standards. It is necessary to evaluate the mechanical behavior of the piping under regular loads (internal pressure and thermal stresses) as well under occasional and intermittent loading cases such as earthquake, high wind or special vibration, and

water hammer. [3][4] This evaluation is usually performed with the assistance of a specialized (finite element) pipe stress analysis

computer programs such as CAEPIPE [5] and CAESAR. [6]

In cryogenic pipe supports, most steel become more brittle as the temperature decreases from normal operating conditions, so it is necessary to know the temperature distribution for cryogenic conditions. Steel structures will have areas of high stress that

may be caused by sharp corners in the design, or inclusions in the material. [7]


The material with which a pipe is manufactured often forms as the basis for choosing any pipe. Materials that are used for manufacturing pipes include:

Carbon steel

ASTM A252 Spec Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3 Steel Pile Pipe

Low temperature service carbon steel

Stainless steel

Nonferrous metals, e.g. cupro-nickel

Nonmetallic, e.g. tempered glass

Wooden piping history

Early wooden pipes were constructed out of logs that had a large hole bored lengthwise through the center. [8] Later wooden pipes were constructed with staves and hoops similar to wooden barrel construction. Stave pipes have the advantage that they are easily transported as a compact pile of parts on a wagon and then assembled as a hollow structure at the job site. Wooden pipes were especially popular in mountain regions where transport of heavy iron or concrete pipes would have been difficult.

Wooden pipes were easier to maintain than metal, because the wood did not expand or contract with temperature changes as much as metal and so consequently expansion joints and bends were not required. The thickness of wood afforded some insulating properties to the pipes which helped prevent freezing as compared to metal pipes. Wood used for water pipes also does not rot very easily. Electrolysis, that bugbear of many iron pipe systems, doesn't affect wood pipes at all, since wood is a much better electrical insulator.

In the Western United States where redwood was used for pipe construction, it was found that redwood had "peculiar properties" that protected it from weathering, acids, insects, and fungus growths. Redwood pipes stayed smooth and clean indefinitely while

iron pipe by comparison would rapidly begin to scale and corrode and could eventually plug itself up with the corrosion. [9]


There are certain standard codes that need to be followed while designing or manufacturing any piping system. Organizations that promulgate piping standards include:

ASME - The American Society of Mechanical Engineers - B31 series

ASME B31.1 Power piping (steam piping etc.)

ASME B31.3 Process piping

ASME B31.4 Pipeline Transportation Systems for Liquid Hydrocarbons and Other Liquids

ASME B31.5 Refrigeration piping and heat transfer components

ASME B31.8 Gas transmission and distribution piping systems

ASME B31.9 Building services piping

ASME B31.11 Slurry Transportation Piping Systems (Withdrawn, Superseded by B31.4)


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ASME B31.12 Hydrogen Piping and Pipelines

ASTM - American Society for Testing and Materials

ASTM A252 Standard Specification for Welded and Seamless Steel Pipe Piles [10]

API - American Petroleum Institute

API 5L Petroleum and natural gas industries—Steel pipe for pipeline transportation systems [11]

EN 13480 - European metallic industrial piping code

EN 13480-1 Metallic industrial piping - Part 1: General

EN 13480-2 Metallic industrial piping - Part 2: Materials

EN 13480-3 Metallic industrial piping - Part 3: Design and calculation

EN 13480-4 Metallic industrial piping - Part 4: Fabrication and installation

EN 13480-5 Metallic industrial piping - Part 5: Inspection and testing

EN 13480-6 Metallic industrial piping - Part 6: Additional requirements for buried piping

PD TR 13480-7 Metallic industrial piping - Part 7: Guidance on the use of conformity assessment procedures

EN 13480-8 Metallic industrial piping - Part 8: Additional requirements for aluminium and aluminium alloy piping

EN 1993-4-3 Eurocode 3 — Design of steel structures - Part 4-3: Pipelines

AWS - American Welding Society

AWWA - American Water Works Association

MSS – Manufacturers' Standardization Society

ANSI - American National Standards Institute

NFPA - National Fire Protection Association

EJMA - Expansion Joint Manufacturers Association

Intro to pipe stress - thermal-growth+(one+minute)

See also



Hydraulic machinery

Hydrogen piping

Hydrostatic test

MS Pipe, MS Tube

Pipe network analysis


Piping and plumbing fittings

Coupling (piping)

Double-walled pipe

Nipple (plumbing)

Pipe cap

Street elbow

Union (plumbing)



Elbow (piping)

Pipeline pre-commissioning

Plastic pipework

Plastic Pressure Pipe Systems


Riser clamp

Thermal insulation

1. Editors: Perry, R.H. and Green, D.W. (1984). Perry's Chemical Engineers' Handbook (6th ed.). McGraw-Hill Book Company. ISBN 0-07-049479-7.

2. Editor: McKetta, John J. (1992). Piping Design Handbook. Marcel Dekker, Inc. ISBN 0-8247-8570-3.

3. [1] ( Archived ( 29 May 2006 at the Wayback Machine.

4. Power Piping: ASME B31.1 (


6. "Intergraph CAESAR II - Pipe Stress Analysis".

7. Temperature & Stress Analysis ( Piping Technology and Products, (retrieved February 2012)

8. "BBC - A History of the World - Object : wooden water pipe". Retrieved 2016-03-10.


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"Piping water through miles of Redwood". Popular Science: 74. December 1918.


H. "ASTM A252 Pipe Pile". China Huayang Steel Pipe.


"API 5L Specification Line Pipe (1) – API Terms and Definitions". China Huayang Steel Pipe.

Further reading

ASME B31.3 Process Piping Guide, Revision 2 ( from Los Alamos National Laboratory Engineering Standards Manual OST220-03-01-ESM

Seismic Design and Retrofit of Piping Systems, July 2002 ( from American Lifelines Alliance website

Engineering and Design, Liquid Process Piping. Engineer manual, entire document ( • (index page) ( • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, EM 1110-l-4008, May 1999

External links

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