Other Steel Pipe Applications
Steel Pipe for Culverts and Flume Pipe
A common use for steel pipe is to divert water under a driveway or ditch. This is called culvert pipe. Culvert pipe can be found under roadways, canals or railroads and are mainly used to control rainwater runoff and divert water overflows. At Alpha Pipe, we provide a smooth walled steel pipe for culverts as opposed to corrugated pipe. Smooth walled steel pipe allows for more efficient water flow and is cost effective because of it’s longer life. This type of steel pipe can also be known as “flume pipe” which is steel pipe used in an eco-friendly way for pipeline and logging companies to cross creeks and streams without polluting them. Alpha Pipe can provide both new steel pipe and used steel pipe as well as a culvert grade steel pipe in a variety of sizes and wall thicknesses for these types of applications.
Steel Pipe for Drainage and Irrigation
Steel pipe is used in drainage and irrigation applications to pump or divert water away from areas where it is not wanted. Drainage pipe can be a permanent installation or just used to handle a temporary situation like a water main break. You may also see this steel pipe in large fields being used to supply water to crops that require additional moisture above the normal rain fall. Farmers often use our steel pipe when drought or dry conditions demand it. Alpha Pipe supplies both new steel pipe and used steel pipe as well as culvert grade steel pipe for these types of projects.
Steel Pipe Corrals
Steel pipe is used to make heavy duty fencing that is used to contain livestock or other animals. Different sizes and strengths of steel pipe are required depending on the type of the animal. Alpha Pipe has even provided steel pipe to make corrals for elephants. We supply new steel pipe, used steel pipe or surplus steel pipe for all of your fencing and corral needs.
Steel Pipe Fence Posts and Fencing
Steel pipe is being used more often for fencing and fence posts. It’s seen everywhere and comes in all kinds of sizes. It’s used either to keep things in or keep them out. These days, fence pipe is becoming more and more common for security reasons, especially at location like airports and military installations. Alpha Pipe can help with all of your steel pipe needs for fence posts and fencing.
Steel Pipe for Sign Poles and Billboards
The signs and billboards that line our roads and highways are supported by thousands of miles of steel pipe that provide for safety, traffic signals, information and of course, advertisement. Sign poles are a big part of our business at Alpha Pipe. We supply sign pole pipe to many of the largest sign companies in the USA, Canada and Mexico. These structures must be carefully engineered to withstand not only the weight of the sign but also the wind, size and other rigors of the location. We supply new steel pipe, used steel pipe and surplus steel pipe for these types of projects. Alpha Pipe is ready to help with all of your sign pole and billboard pipe needs.
Large OD Steel Pipe Caissons
A caisson is a structure that can be formed with large OD pipe to keep water out of construction sites when they are located in a river or lake. Caissons are typically used in bridge construction or repair. The steel pipe is driven in place and then the water is pumped out to provide a dry place for workers. The Eads Bridge in St. Louis was the first bridge to use caissons as a major part of the design. Alpha Pipe can supply new steel pipe, used steel pipe or large OD rolled welded pipe for these types of applications.
Steel Pipe Dredge Pipe
Steel pipe is used in the dredging process to keep our rivers, lakes and ports navigable for boats and barges by maintaining the water levels so that even the largest ships can operate. The dredges use suction to remove built-up sediment from the bottom and pump it through the dredge pipe to the shore or other set up area to keep the channel navigable. This type of steel pipe is also used in the mining of minerals and metals. The steel pipe is attached to pumps that suck like a huge vacuum to dredge up the material, which is then removed or processed. Due to the nature of the material being dredged and its erosive properties, the steel pipe must be thicker and harder than for other types of applications. Alpha Pipe is able to answer all of your questions about dredge pipe and help you consider money-saving alternatives for your dredge pipe needs.
Steel Pipe for Spud Pipe
Spud pipe is typically created from large OD, heavy wall steel pipe. This steel pipe is used to anchor a barge in place while in the water. There are spuds at each corner of the barge and the spud is driven into the river bottom or sea floor for increased stability. Alpha Pipe supplies new pipe, used pipe and surplus pipe for these types of projects.
Steel Pipe for Sand and Gravel Operations and Slurry Pipe
Slurry pipe is most commonly used in sand and gravel operations, where the sand or stone is mixed with water and forced through the steel pipe to move it from the pit to the storage area. The friction from the sand or stone causes the pipe to erode quickly and it must be replaced often. Alpha Pipe can supply new pipe, used pipe or surplus pipe for these types of projects.
Steel Pipe for Water Line
Water line is one of the most common uses for steel pipe, it not only brings water to your home but has many other applications as well. Steel pipe helps transport water for the cooling of nuclear power plants, cooling towers for air conditioning, heat exchangers, water theme parks and hundreds of other uses. Alpha Pipe is familiar with the different types of steel pipe used for water line and we are ready to help you with all of your steel pipe needs!
Steel Pipe for Pipeline
This is another very common use for steel pipe. Its purpose is the transportation of gas and liquid. In the USA we have literally tens of thousands of miles of this steel pipe crisscrossing our nation, both above and below ground and underwater. Due to the nature of the products being transported, this material is highly regulated to insure the highest safety standards by the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) and the American Petroleum Institute (API). The steel pipe itself can be manufactured as seamless (SMLS), double submerged arc welded (DSAW), electric resistance welded (ERW) or spiralweld (SPW).
Alpha Pipe also buys and sells take-up pipe from pipelines which are no longer in use as well as surplus and overage pipe from pipeline companies.
Alpha Pipe is ready to handle all of your inquiries if you are in the market for pipeline pipe or need bids on overages or pipeline takeup projects.
Steel Pipe for Fabrication and Machinery
Steel Pipe for Pipe Bollards
Pipe bollards are allso known as bumper posts, and are used to protect property and areas from damage by motor vehicles. These steel pipe pieces are driven into the ground to form a barrier and are many times filled with concrete for additional strength. Pipe bollards have more recently been installed in areas to provide a barrier to prevent unauthorized intrusions to buildings and other restricted locations. Alpha Pipe supplies new steel pipe, used steel pipe and surplus steel pipe for bollard and bumper post projects.