In the Age of Information, it is easy to forget the technological advancements of the past. When it's a cold, stormy night, we turn on the thermostat and anticipate an instant influx of warmth to be greeted immediately. We are hoping that hot water will flow smoothly out of our shower faucets on a cold, winter morning.
When the time arrives to pour milk into our morning cup of coffee, we pour it off with confidence, knowing that the refrigerator has performed its task. Although it's easy to not think about the underlying causes of these contemporary marvels, none could be achieved without the advent of steel carbon tubing.
The pipes made from reed plants (in the broadest sense of the term) were first used for the purpose of delivering water in China from as early as 2000 B.C. Three thousand years after, Colonial Bostonians used hollowed-out logs to establish the first waterworks system for public use in 1652.
The modern steel pipe was welded through several changes during the 1890s. The first application for the pipe that was welded was to carry coal gas around London to power the coal-burning lamp system. The first plant to use the process that became the current method for the production of piping, also known as the butt-weld method was established in Philadelphia in 1832. I
The kind of pipe that is used will depend on its purpose. Seamless pipes are less heavy and more suitable for transporting liquids, while pipe welded are heavier and more rigid. No matter what their function, most modern pipes are constructed of steel and numerous alloys, which include copper, aluminum, and titanium.
The next time you pay your water or gas bill, take a moment to consider how many miles of carbon-steel pipe make up an underground network that will ensure that your routine remains in peace.