Published by Bend-It on September 16, 2015
The 'D' in 5D and other standard pipe bend dimensions represents the outside diameter of the pipe as measured in inches. A bend radius gets multiplied by this outside diameter to find the type of bend needed to be made. For example, a 1.5D bend would feature a curve 1.5 times larger than the diameter of the pipe that's to be bent. Thus, if you were looking to bend a pipe 2 inches in diameter with a 1.5D bend, you would finish with a bend of 3 inches in radius. A 5D bend then is one that is significantly larger than the standards of 1D, 2D, and 3D. They result in larger radius coils that serve a variety of industry purposes.
Where 5D Bends are Useful
The larger produced radius bends allow whatever is going to be flowing through piping, whether it's natural gas or water, to flow smoother with much less resistance, making it ideal for transporting high viscous fluids. The 5D bends also allow the pipe to reduce turbulence in comparison to other standard pipe bend dimensions. For this reason, 5D bends have long been the top choice for use in oil refineries and on oil fields, and depending on your job, they might be the bend dimension for you.
Professional bending services allow companies to specify their exact fabrication requirements and make use of the ideal alloys for their operating environment. Instead of worrying about precision engineering and suffering the material and labor cost of errors, Bend-IT works with you to provide custom 5D bends to existing pipe. Custom pipe bending services let you use pipes that are strong enough to meet physical demands and resistant enough for extreme levels of heat or cold. Changing shapes and geometry of all sorts can be accounted for and the pipe itself can be resistant to corrosion, saving clients from footing expensive replacement costs for their pipe with 5D bends.
When a pipe has 5D bends, the radius of the bend is five times the nominal diameter of the pipe itself. This means that a pipe with a 10 inch diameter will have a 50 inch bend radius. This specific level of engineering requires training and familiarity with the alloys used in the pipe itself. Bend-IT specializes in 5D bends and, unlike other companies that may only be able to offer 3D bends, has the expertise necessary to ensure a quality result every time.
Based in America with over two decades of experience, Bend-IT's 5D bends are performed by the best trained team in the pipe bending industry. With excellent workmanship you are guaranteed a pipe that performs exactly as you want that is tested to ensure your pipe performs exactly as it should. By offering comprehensive pipe services, 5D bends can be incorporated into a lower price as part of an overall pipe fabrication service. Our team of experts can design precisely what a client requires with guaranteed results. Some bends are simply not possible for lesser shops, such as cold bending for pipes that must function with freezing materials passing through them.
In addition to 5D bends, our services extend to full fabrication of pipes. This means that instead of just having the bend you want, you have full control over the production of the pipe. This is essential in many industries where consistency is required. While clients could adapt a pipe that has 5D bends that is already fabricated, this can be sloppy and not perform optimally under the conditions required. It is vital to consider a pipe as part of a larger system, and professionals like Bend-IT can identify potential flaws found in inferior piping and design.
Call our team of specialized experts today to receive a comprehensive analysis of your specific pipe needs. The best in the industry are waiting to help guarantee a perfect result and a satisfied client, every time.