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Piping Design of Instrument Air Distribution Systems [PDF] (Bullough)
Pipe Support Spans and Spacing (Wright)
Field Welds and Field-Fit Welds (Beale, Raymond)
Piping Design Automation - Warnings (Wright)
CAD File Formats and Construction Documents
Eccentric Reducers (Reddek)
Pig Launchers (Reddek)
Control Valve Pressure Drop (McKenzie)
Steam Impulse Tubing (McKenzie)

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Photos of Plastic Process Plant Models
Process Plant Engineering Models Article at SPED
Index of Great Piping-Related Articles from Bill Huitt (a must-look)
CAD in Process Plant Engineering [PDF]
Do you dare try this 1905 Mechanical Engineers' mini test from The University of Minnesota? From Mr. Right Wright [PDF]
The Cost of Inadequate Design Quality
Carbon Steel Behaviour at Low (But Not Cryogenic) Temperatures [PDF]
Pipe Spacing Calculator by Martin Fournier [XLS]
Sour Service Piping Systems Presentation [PDF]
Friday Funny - Bearly Safe (Good For Safety Moments) [PDF]
The Art of Drafting - Are We Losing It?
The Humble Check Valve [PDF]
Pneumatic Testing Primer [PDF]
Plastic Plant Modeling Article [PDF]
The Need for Transition Spools [Eng-Tips]
To Be a Piping Designer You Should Know About...
Piping Materials Cost Ratios
Look Inside James Pennock's 'Piping Engineering Leadership for Process Plant Projects' [Amazon.com]

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Piping Description

Piping is used to convey fluids (anything that can flow: liquids, gases and/or solids) from one location to another. It has been used to do so in one form or another for over two thousand years.

Industrial process piping (and accompanying in-line components) can be manufactured from wood, glass, steel, aluminum, plastic and concrete. The in-line components typically sense and control pressure, flowrate and temperature of the transmitted fluid, and usually are included when one discusses the concept of piping design. Process piping is not what you see under your sink.

"Plumbing" is the form of piping that most non-technical people are familiar with, as it constitutes the form of transportation that is used to provide liquids (water) and gases (natural gas used for heating and cooking, for example) to their homes. Piping also removes waste from the household in the form of drainage.

Piping also has innumerable other industrial applications, which are crucial for moving raw and semi-processed fluids for refining into more useful products. Some of the more exotic materials of construction are titanium, chrome-moly and various other steel alloys. Typical process piping sizes range from 1/2" to 30" in diameter. The engineering discipline of piping design is that which gets the fluid to where you need it, whether it is water, gasoline, hydrogen, fuel oil, or any other flowing medium you can think of.

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