What is the difference between hoses and pipes?
A hose is a flexible tube use for conveying fluids such as rubber hose. Normally, a hose is smaller in size than pipe. Hoses can be made of a combination of various materials from rubber, polyurethane, polyethylene, nylon and natural or synthetic fibers. Hoses are built based on application and performance. They are usually designed based on their Pressure rating, weight, length, coil hose, straight hose and chemical compatibility. There are various types of hose based on their applications, such as hydraulic hose, garden hose, air hose, oil hose, chemical hose. They are usually used with fittings or clamps. When selecting a hose, safety considerations shall always put in place. If not handle properly hoses fittings can blow off, causing loose hose to whip. Systems that use compressible fluids (i.e. compressed air, gasoline, etc.) pose great risk, in this case it is recommended to use hose guards and restrains.
A pipe is a rigid hollow cylinder or tube used to conduct a liquid, gas, or finely divided solid or substances that flow. The flow of the liquids is supported by tees and elbows. Pipes are usually put up for long-term purposes or permanently such as potable water pipes for a house or building or for transportation of waste water in a city or industry. Pipe is typically utilized also for structural applications, fabrication and railings. Pipe is made in many materials including ceramic, fiberglass, metals and alloys, concrete and plastic. Many industrial and government standards exist for the production of pipe and tubing.
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