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ASTM known as the American Society for Testing and Materials is one of the global leaders that help in the development of various voluntary consensus standards. The ASTM Standards are used by individuals, companies, and different institutions around the globe. These standards consist of 30,000 volunteer members from above 140 countries. ASME Tube Standards cover specific requirements to work in high pressure and temperature applications. The standards detailed in the ASTM Pipe Standards Chart helps in determining the quality and safety of the materials across a wide range of industries and consumer base. These safety standards help ensure the quality and consistency of the materials.

The ASTM Pipe Size Chart helps in identifying the nominal pipe size, wall thickness, weight, and the schedule designation of a perspective pipe component. This ASTM Pipe Chart plays a pivotal role in determining the type of piping product you’re looking out to best suit your project requirements. Most ASTM Pipe Sizes are expressed in inches or millimeters. These pipes can be availed in different sizes and shapes and per the material and processes used while producing the piping components. The ASTM Pipe Schedule helps in determining the wall thickness of a pipe in the same diameter. They help in dictating their load-bearing capacity and are generally designed in Schedules 5, 5S, 10, 10S, 20, 20S, 30, 40, 40S, 60, 80, 80S, 100, 120, 140, 160, XS, and XXS. ASME B36.19 covers standard specifications for seamless and welded pipe grades that are designed to work in high as well as low pressure and temperature applications. The ASME B 36.19 can also be used for non-ferrous grade pipes such as titanium, zirconium, copper, and aluminum. This specification has permissible variation and tolerance across each module. If you have any queries or want to know more about the ASTM Pipe Size and its constituents, contact us for more information.

Steel Pipe Dimensions Chart (Size Chart)

Steel Pipe Dimensions Chart (Size Chart)

Dimension standards for steel pipe

There are different standards to describe the steel pipe size, OD and wall thickness. Mainly are ASME B 36.10, ASME B 36.19.

Relevant standard specification ASME B 36.10M and B 36.19M

Both ASME B36.10 and B36.19 are the standard specification for the dimensions of the steel pipe and accessories.

ASME B36.10M

The standard covers the standardization of steel pipe dimensions and sizes. These pipes includes seamless or welded types, and applied in high or low temperature and pressures.
The pipe distinguished from tube (Pipe vs Tube), here the pipe is specially for pipeline systems, fluids (Oil and gas, water, slurry) transmissions. Use the standard of ASME B 36.10M.
In this standard, the pipe Outer Diameter smaller than 12.75 in (NPS 12, DN 300), pipe actual diameters is larger than NPS (Nominal Pipe Size)or DN (Nominal Diameter).

On the hand, for steel tube dimensions, the actual outside diameter same with pipe number for all sizes.

Why pipe size smaller to NPS 12 (DN 300) have different OD

First, we need to admit that all pipe size should be identified as nominal pipe size (NPS).

Second, for NPS 1/8 (DN 6) to NPS 12 (DN 300), these are based on a standard outside diameter (O.D.) This O.D. was originally selected to specify pipe dimension, but as the pipe always have an wall thickness and internal diameter (ID). For small pipe, there is a different size between OD and ID (Wall thickness), but as the pipe dimensions became larger, the OD and ID approximately to become equal.

As there is no such relation between the old standard thickness (O.D.) and Nominal Size, so both of them accepted by standard ASME B 36.10 M.

Steel Pipe Schedule

In ASME B36.10M, Pipe schedule identified as Standard (STD), Ex-Standard (XS), or Double Extra Strong(XSS); Or with Schedule No. 5, 10, 20, 30, 40, 80, 120, 160.

ASME B36.19M

ASTM B36.19M is for the stainless steel pipe dimensions, included seamless and welded types as the same.

This dimension standard mostly is same with ASTM B36.10M. Wherever the different part is:
a. For NPS 14 to NPS 22 (DN 350-550), schedule 10S;
b. NPS 12 of Schedule 40S
c. NPS 10 and 12 of schedule 80S.

Above mentioned pipe thickness is different with B36.10M, so suffix “S” is used here.

Ways of express pipe dimensions

1. For Pipe wall thickness: Use Steel Pipe Schedule, like schedule 40 steel pipe, schedule 80 pipe.
2. For pipe Diameters: Nominal Pipe Size (NPS) and DN (Nominal Diameter)
3. Pipe weight Class (WGT), LB/FT (Pounds per foot), KG/M (Kg per meter)

What is Steel Pipe Dimensions Schedule?

Steel pipe schedule is a indicating method represented by ASME B 36.10, and also used in many other standards, marked with “Sch”. Sch is the abbreviation of schedule, generally appearing in the American steel pipe standard, which is a prefix of a series number. For example, Sch 80, 80 is a pipe number from chart/table ASME B 36.10.

“Since the steel pipe main application is to transport the fluids under pressure, so their internal diameter is their critical size. This critical size is taken as nominal bore (NB). Therefore, if steel pipe carry the fluids with pressure, it is very important that pipe shall have enough strength and enough wall thickness. So wall thickness is specified in Schedules, which means the pipe schedule, abbreviated as SCH. Here ASME is the given standard and definition for the pipe schedule.”

The pipe schedule formula:

Sch.=P/[ó]t×1000
P is the Designed pressure, units in MPa;
[ó]t is Allowable stress of materials under design temperature, Units in MPa.

What does SCH mean for the steel pipe dimensions

As describing the steel pipe parameter, we usually use the pipe schedule, It is a method that represent pipe wall thickness with number. Pipe schedule ( sch. ) is not a wall thickness, but a wall thickness series. Different pipe schedule means different wall thickness for the steel pipe in the same diameter. The most frequently indications of schedule are SCH 5, 5S, 10, 10S, 20, 20S, 30, 40, 40S, 60, 80, 80S, 100, 120, 140, 160. The larger the table number, the thicker the surface pipe wall, the higher the pressure resistance.

Schedule 40, 80 steel pipe dimension means

If you are new in pipe industry, why you always see a schedule 40 or 80 steel pipe everywhere? What kind of material for these pipes?

As you have read above articles you know that Schedule 40 or 80 represent a pipe wall thickness, but why it always been searched by buyers?

Here is the reason:

Schedule 40 and 80 steel pipe as the common sizes that required in different industries, because of the generally pressure these pipes bear, they are always been asked for a large quantity.

The material standard for such thickness pipes has no limitations, you could ask sch 40 stainless steel pipe, like ASTM A312 Grade 316L; Or sch 40 carbon steel pipe, such as API 5L, ASTM A53, ASTM A106B, A 179, A252, A333 etc..

What is the Nominal Pipe Size (NPS)?

Nominal Pipe Size (NPS) is a North American set of standard sizes for pipes used for high or low pressures and temperatures. Pipe size is specified with two non-dimensional numbers: a nominal pipe size (NPS) based on inches, and a schedule (Sched. or Sch.).

What is DN (Nominal Diameter)

Nominal diameter also mean outside diameter. Because as the pipe wall is very thin, the outside and inside diameter of the steel pipe is almost same, so the average value of the both parameters is used as the name of the pipe diameter. DN (nominal diameter) is the general diameter of various pipe and pipeline accessories. The same nominal diameter of the pipe and pipe fittings can be interconnected, it has interchangeability. Although the value is close or equal to inside diameter of pipe, It is not the actual sense of the pipe diameter. The nominal size is represented by a digital symbol followed by the letter “DN”, and mark the unit in millimeters after the symbol. For example, DN50, a pipe with a nominal diameter of 50 mm.

DN (mm) and NPS (inch) conversion

Nominal diameter DN (mm) and NPS (inch) conversion

1. Conversion DN ( mm ) that requires separate memory
DN (mm) 6 8 10 15 20 25 32 40 50 65 80
NPS(inch) 1/8 1/4 3/8 1/2 3/4 1 1 1/4 1 1/2 2 2 1/2 3

2. Greater than or equal to DN100 diameter and NPS conversion

DN=25*NPS;
NPS=DN/25

3. Exact conversion

1 inch =25.4 mm

Pipe Weight Class Schedule

WGT class (weight class) is an indication of the pipe wall thickness in early, but still used. It has only three grades, namely STD ( standard ), XS ( extra strong ), and XXS ( double extra strong ).
For the earlier production pipe, each caliber has only one specification, called standard tube (STD). In order to deal with high pressure fluid, the thickening pipe (XS) appeared. XXS ( double extra strong ) pipe appeared to handle the higher pressure fluid. People began to require the use of more economical thin-walled pipe until the emergence of new materials processing technology, then gradually appeared the above pipe number. The corresponding relation between pipe schedule and weight class, refer to ASME B36.10 and ASME B36.19 specification.

How to describe steel pipe dimensions and size correctly?

For example: a. Expressed as “pipe outside diameter × wall thickness”, such as Φ 88.9mm x 5.49mm (3 1/2” x 0.216” ). 114.3mm x 6.02mm (4 1/2” x 0.237”), length 6m (20ft) or 12m (40ft), Single Random Length (SRL 18-25ft), or Double Random Length (DRL 38-40ft).

b. Expressed as “NPS x Schedule”, NPS 3 inch x Sch 40, NPS 4 inch x Sch 40. Same size as above specification.

c. Expressed as “NPS x WGT Class”, NPS 3 inch x SCH STD, NPS 4 inch x SCH STD. Same size above.

d. There is another way, in North America and South America, usually use “Pipe Outer Diameter x lb/ft” to describe pipe size. As OD 3 1/2”, 16.8 lb/ft. lb/ft is pound per feet.

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