Bri-Steel Thermal Pipe Expansion

Thermal Pipe Expansion - TPE

Bri-Steel Manufacturing is a state of the art facility that produces Large Diameter Seamless Steel Pipe in Canada. Bri-Steel is capable of producing pipe sizes ranging from Outside Diameters of 16 through 36 inches, and Wall Thicknesses up to 2.343 inches in CSA,ASTM,ASME and API specifications.

Bri-Steel produces their pipes by a process called Thermal Pipe Expansion or "TPE". This process is performed by using an engineered-size mother tube, heating it to 900deg C by induction heating, and pushing it over a controlled ID mandrel to expand the pipe to a piping size. After that, it is tested and finished to all major industry specifications.

With our unique style of Thermal Pipe Expansion, Bri-Steel Manufacturing produces pipe sizes not normally produced by traditional steel pipe mills.

We are capable of producing pipe sizes ranging from Outside Diameters of 14 inches through 36 inches and Wall Thicknesses up to 2 inches. When a 27 inch OD 0.965 inch Wall Thickness is optimal for your project, it is now easily available to you. There is no longer a need re-engineer jobs to suit the manufacturer - saving you time, and money.

Using Thermal Pipe Expansion to size pipe, rather than traditional manufacturing methods, we can change sizes quickly, allowing us to react quickly to our customers needs and demands. It takes 3 hours to change a pipe size, including the time to cool down and re-heat. With this efficient process, small order quantities are no problem to produce.

You are no longer limited by the use of antiquated technology producing the pipe sizes you need. At Bri-Steel Manufacturing, we supply you with what you want, when you want it.

Thermal Pipe Expansion in Action:

Video of the First Expansion attempt - July 19th 2011: 18" STD DRL Pipe No. 00001

Short Production Time, Greater Flexibility

Traditional pipe manufacturing in North America requires a lot of time to change out a pipe's size. As a result, large order quantities are required from the customer so that these manufacturers can see a profit.

Bri-Steel Manufacturing's Thermal Pipe Expansion process can change out pipe sizes in 3 hours. Shorter production time allows for greater flexibility in response to emergency order situations. It also lowers minimum order quantities to a manageable level, giving distributors the ability to carry some of those odd sizes they previously couldn't.

Bri-Steel produces Seamless Pipe in sizes from 14" through 36" OD. Wall thicknesses can be as much as 2" thick.

Turn to Bri-Steel for all of your Steel Pipe needs...