Traditionally, engineers and contractors specialising in fluid mechanics have relied on stainless and galvanised steel, black iron, copper, and plastic as piping materials for efficient compressed air systems. Recent developments in material science have found aluminium to work best in different applications of compressed air systems. Aluminium pipes for compressors are now an option many architects, engineering firms, and contractors globally prefer to other types of piping for the following reasons:
Lower installation costs
Unlike installing other types of piping, aluminium piping is less labour intensive, and it will take you less time to complete the installation process as you will only need to either weld or groove to make the connections. You have to thread steel to make proper fittings, and threading needs the right machinery, cutting fluids and skilled labour to make clean-cut threads. All of these raise installation costs.
Little to no system leaks
It is also difficult to modify and maintain compressed air systems built from other materials. They are either bulky or the joints will begin leaking once you alter their original alignment. Since aluminium piping has no threaded connections, there will be minimal leaks in your compressed air system, unlike when you would have experienced 8 to 10 percent loss in compressed air pressure using other threaded types of piping.
Corrosion is a common problem in systems that use iron, steel and copper. But if your piping is of aluminium, the inner surface will not eat away, or cake with scale deposits which clog lines and restrict air flow. Your air compressor will also not have to work harder to maintain the pressure of the compressed air system.
Engineers, architects and fluid mechanics contractors today prefer using aluminium pipes in compressed air installations to using steel, iron, copper or plastic piping. The reason for this preference is obvious—aluminium is a superior material, which has attracted numerous and diverse applications for efficient fluid dynamics.