Sep 25, 2016
Steel, a word synonymous with strength and durability, is actually a bluish-gray alloy of iron and carbon. Used extensively for structural purposes as well as fabricating material, steel has allowed us to create mighty skyscrapers for our cities, durable tools for building, steel silos for our food, and exhaust stacks and wind turbine towers for our energy. Indeed, custom steel fabrication technology has made it possible to use steel for nearly application that requires both strength and durability.
In terms of importance to the human race, steel pipes rank near the top. If we did not have steel pipe to transport our water, waste, chemicals, gas, electrical wire, our civilization would come to a screeching halt and each town and city would be an island unto itself.
First, let us give an abridged history of steel.
A Brief History of Steel
According to archaeologists, the Chinese developed steel as early as 2000 B.C., but the process was somewhat haphazard until Qiwu Huaiwen put down in writing the method of using cast iron and wrought iron to make steel in the 6th Century AD. Evidence also exists showing that the Chinese repurposed musical instruments called reed pipes made of steel to transport water to desirable locations.
It wasn’t until the 1600s that efficient methods for creating steel were understood. Still, manufacturing capabilities were so limited that even producing small amounts of steel was extremely time consuming and costly. In the mid-1850s, inexpensive industrial steelmaking was made possible by the Bessemer process and the open hearth furnaces. Those advancements soon ushered in the steel pipe used to transport crude oil long distances; the first steel-frame skyscraper, the Home Insurance Building, which was built in Chicago in 1855; and steel rails for railroads, which lasted ten times longer than iron rails
Steel Pipe: Fabrication Processes
Steel pipe is fabricated in both seamless and welded forms. Seamless steel pipe is more lightweight and is popular for transporting liquids. Seamed pipe, which is fabricated in sections and welded together, and is heavier and straighter than seamless pipe, is typically used for electrical conduit, plumbing, and gas transportation.
Custom Steel Fabrication with Dixie-Southern
Dixie-Southern is a custom steel fabrication company that specializes in heavy-plate steel work and customized overweight and oversized steel products. We work with stainless steel, carbon steel, abrasive resistant steel, and many metals and alloys. We use the most cutting-edge techniques in the industry to design, source, fabricate, ship, and erect products to our customers’ exact requirements. If you need quality fabrication with quick turnaround times, contact Dixie-Southern today!
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