Copper and Aluminum Pipes

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Copper and Aluminum Pipes

This spreadsheet has been populated with various uses of copper and aluminum across different industries. The two main copper pipe types used across industries are type K and L. Aluminum has several alloys that would be used for various purposes. Each alloy is manufactured in accordance to its purpose.

COPPER

Type K

Type L

  • Type L pipes are most commonly used in interior plumbing and fire protection.
  • It is also used in HVAC and is also available in two forms: rigid and flexible. It is most commonly used in copper piping. The flexible form is ideal in repairing water pipes but rigid tubing has higher durability.

ALUMINUM

Alloys

  • This list provided by one of the manufacturing companies demonstrates the diversity of aluminum alloys. Each alloy has a different composition and is the optimal option based on its functions.
  • 2024, 3003, 5052, 6061, and 7075 are the most common alloys are ideal for tubing and piping. The main elements that create these alloys include copper, zinc, manganese, silicon, and magnesium.

Research Strategy

This research determined the different types of copper and aluminum pipes. The different copper types are categorized by strength and aluminum is categorized by alloys. These insights have been provided for each metal separately.
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