Definition - What does Pipe Bending mean?
Pipe bending is a technique used in various metal forming processes with the aim of increasing the fabrication capabilities of plumbing fixtures. The pipe can be bent at varying angles and in different directions. The simplest curve turns the tube at an angle of 90 degrees forming an elbow. Besides, pipe bending can be done in several other geometries that include 2D and 3D dimensions.
Petropedia explains Pipe Bending
Pipe bending can be done by different machines like human powered, hydraulic assisted, electric servomotor, and pneumatic powered. Copper is one of the best pipe materials that are used in the process. Pipe Bending is categorized into various types:
- Compression pipe bending: In this, the pipe is bent at a tight radius. However, the process can be done without the use of mandrel tools and techniques.
- Aluminum pipe bending: It is one of the most difficult types of bending, as aluminium is a hard material thus difficult to bend. However, these pipes are prone to breaking.