Steel tube and steel pipe

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How are tube and pipe different?

Tube and Pipe are two remarkably similar cylindrical "materials" that are used for a wide variety of applications. People often confuse the two, and the terms are used interchangeably at times, but they do exhibit different characteristics. 


Today, let's share the difference between tube and pipe:


Steel Tube:

Tubing is a cylindrical length of material that is usually hollow. Tubing can have a rectangular or square profile too. The term tube implies some degree of rigidity and also applies a level of permanence. They can be both rigid and flexible. Each is classified by their thickness and diameter.


Steel Pipe:

Piping is also a cylindrical length of hollow material. generally, piping is solely cylindrical and no other shape. Pipes are usually rigid and have no flexibility. A length of pipe is classified by its schedule and nominal diameter, for example, a steel pipe could have a diameter of 250mm and a schedule of 80.