Table 1 lists the many varieties of copper tube that can be used in fuel gas distribution systems in the United States, as well as their identification and availability. For many years, Types K and L copper tube (ASTM B 88) and ACR tube (ASTM B 280) with outside diameters up to and including 1 inch have been employed in fuel gas systems. Type L is typically used for interior distribution systems, while Type K is typically utilized for any underground lines. Seamless copper tube Type GAS (ASTM B 837) is routinely used and needed in Canada for gas distribution systems, despite not being widely used in the United States.
Table 2 shows the size of copper tubing used in gas systems. Outside diameter (O.D.) is used to identify tube and fittings in fuel gas systems rather than nominal diameters. In their references and when ordering, designers and installers should be explicit about size designations.
If the gas contains more than 0.3 grains of hydrogen sulfide per 100 standard cubic feet (scf) of gas (0.7 mg/100 L), copper and copper alloy tube (excluding tin-lined copper tube) should not be utilized.
Is it safe to use polyethylene tubing with gasoline?
Polyethylene is the most widely used plastic on the planet. Polyethylene tubing is a versatile, lightweight, and long-lasting material utilized in a variety of industries. It can be used with a wide range of chemicals, gases, fluids, and materials without causing harm.
Is PVC tubing OK for use with gasoline?
PVC and other plastics are not well suited for usage with fuel gas or kerosene due to their composition. In high-temperature conditions, PVC and other polymers deform readily and may leak or break.
What is the best fuel line material?
Fuel lines are built of a variety of materials, each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. The majority of fuel lines are reinforced rubber. Fuel lines should be made of this material since it prevents kinking and cracking. Make sure you choose a fuel line that can handle both vapor and liquid fuel. Stainless steel, plastic, steel coated with zinc, and nylon are some of the other materials used in gasoline lines. It is critical to read several reviews and learn how a specific fuel line performed for other users before making a purchase.
Q. What Is The Best Material For Fuel Lines?
The ideal gasoline line material is determined by your requirements. Polytetrafluoroethylene, or PTFE, is the ideal material for gasoline lines. Teflon is a type of plastic that is used to make PTFE fuel lines. This gasoline line material is resilient to degenerative fuel effects that might cause vapor barriers to form. It does, however, have drawbacks, just like everything else. Because it is inelastic, it is prone to kinking. However, if you use a proper bending tool while producing bends and curves, you can avoid this.
Q. Can I Replace Metal Fuel Lines With Rubber?
If your metal gasoline lines have rusted and begun to leak, you should repair them immediately to minimize further damage. Yes, rubber fuel lines can be used in place of metal gasoline lines. Some individuals prefer to repair only the rusty portion of the gasoline line, however it is more prudent to replace the entire fuel line. Rubber components in fuel lines are strengthened and can withstand high pressure from current injection systems. Rubber gasoline lines are also quite sturdy and will last a long time.
Q. Can Fuel Line Be Submerged In Fuel?
The sort of fuel line you wish to submerge in petrol will determine how long it takes. Fuel lines can be submersible or non-submersible. Even when buried in fuel, submersible fuel lines can survive. Non-submersible gasoline lines, on the other hand, are only meant to be used from the inside. As a result, depending on how and where you intend to use the fuel line, always check whether it is submersible or non-submersible before purchasing it.
Q. Can Vinyl Tubing Be Used For Fuel Line?
Vinyl tubing isn’t the ideal fuel line material unless it’s specifically designed for it. Gasoline, ethanol, and other hydrocarbons should not be transported in plain vinyl tubing. After some time, this tubing turns yellow. After conveying fuel, vinyl tubing becomes rigid and brittle. Only use Vinyl Tubing for fuel lines that are specifically designed for the job.
Q. Can Copper Be Used For Fuel Lines?
Another fuel line material available on the market is copper. It is one of the most appealing materials for fuel lines. It establishes a long-term gasoline or oil line and connection. As a result, copper fuel lines are acceptable. However, because new copper gasoline lines are easier to install than old tubing, it is recommended to utilize them instead of old tubing. If you’re working with old copper tubing, heat it to soften it and make it easier to bend. Some copper gasoline lines can be bent nicely with time and patience, but you’ll require bending equipment in your mechanic toolbox if this isn’t the case.
Q. Can You Replace Steel Fuel Lines With Nylon?
Yes, nylon fuel lines can be used in place of steel gasoline lines. Many people prefer nylon gasoline lines because they are more cost-effective. They’re also quite adaptable and simple to set up. Even without bending tools, some nylon fuel line materials may generate elegant bends and curves. These fuel lines are available in various lengths and can be used to replace a single segment or the full fuel line.
What kind of hoses are suitable for use with fuel?
Nitrile Rubber and PTFE are two materials that are better suited for fuel hose applications.
Nitrile rubber (NBR) is a synthetic rubber that is resistant to oil. Its primary uses include fuel hoses, gaskets, rollers, and other products that require oil resistance. We sell a variety of Nitrile Rubber-based items at Viper. These are the following:
- Nitrile Rubber Fuel Hose with SAE J30 R6 Approval This fuel pipe complies with SVA regulations and can handle a wide range of fuels.
- Hose for filling up the tank
- These hoses include a Nitrile Rubber liner that is resistant to fuel and is ideal for use as a Fuel Filler Hose. High-octane fuels are not compatible with these hoses.
- Braided Stainless Steel Hoses
- Excellent quality stainless steel braided hose with tight double braiding and NBR provides an excellent bend radius and high pressure for oil, fuel, carburetor, water lines, and vacuum.
Hoses lined with PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene) can be utilized with a wide range of chemicals, making them an excellent choice for highly corrosive chemical applications and multiproduct applications. In some circumstances, PTFE outperforms all other polymers and rubbers in terms of diffusion resistance, such as the diffusion of motor fuels. We offer PTFE-lined stainless steel braided hose of the highest quality. Because of the pressure rating, it can be used as brake lines, clutch lines, oil lines, and fuel lines.
What is the composition of gasoline lines?
Fuel line is a petroleum-resistant nitrile tube with a weather-resistant, ozone-resistant, and heat-resistant covering that can be utilized for ethanol-laced fuels as well as diesel fuel. It should not, however, be utilized on systems that produce pressures more than 50 psi, such as coolant systems, oil systems, or fuel-injection systems.
Is polyethylene or vinyl tubing better?
It’s simple to choose the size tubing that best suits your project demands once you’ve considered each of these considerations.
Consider a project with a 20-foot maximum run length and a 60-gallon-per-hour flow requirement.
What kind of tubing could you use?
Take a look at the graph below:
As you can see, the run length allows for the use of any tubing size, but because the total GPH required is 60, 1/4 tubing is no longer an option because 60 GPH is more than double what 1/4 tubing can provide (30 GPH).
This system would not function properly if 1/4 tubing was utilized.
Note: If you think you’ll want to expand your system in the future, it’s a good idea to start with a tubing size that’s one size larger than your run length and gallons per hour, so you’ll be able to add to it later.
Frequently Asked Tube-Related Questions:
What is the purpose of mainline tubing?
The water supply for your system is provided by mainline tubing (also known as supply line tubing). The mainline tubing begins at a water supply and runs as needed. It’s critical to get the proper mainline tube size. Match your maximum run length and total gallons per hour required with the chart above to get the proper mainline tubing size. Water devices can be introduced directly into mainline tubing or adapters can be inserted to send micro tubing, drip tape, or dripline out from mainline tubing to the plants to be watered once the mainline has been laid out in your system.
Micro tubing is a term that refers to a type of tubing that is
1/4 tubing is usually referred to as micro-tubing. It can be used as mainline tubing, but it can’t be longer than 30 feet and can’t deliver more over 30 GPH. This is ideal for tiny patio areas, but micro-tubing is also commonly used to connect drippers or other watering devices to the plant’s mainline tubing, allowing water to be applied directly to the root zone. A hole punch is used to make a hole in mainline tubing (1/2 or larger) into which one end of a connector is placed and the other end is attached to a 1/4 micro-tubing run. Even if the micro-tubing isn’t employed as a mainline tubing, it can’t stretch more than 30 feet from the mainline tubing. Microtubing is available in poly or vinyl rolls. We’ll go over the advantages and disadvantages of each below.
What are the distinctions between poly and vinyl tubing?
Micro-tubing (1/8″ or 1/4″) is the only drip irrigation tubing that requires you to choose between poly and vinyl. Vinyl tubing is softer than polyethylene tubing, making it easier to deal with. Poly tubing is a little stiffer at initially, but it has several advantages. It is resistant to UV rays and does not expand as much when heated. After roughly 23 years of use, many of our clients in the hotter southern regions (Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and so on) have reported that their vinyl tubing began to pop out of the fittings. Vinyl tubing softens substantially more than poly in the heat of the sun due to the chemicals used to make it softer. After prolonged exposure to the sun, this might cause the tubing to loosen off the fittings. Poly micro-tubing is less prone to come off the fittings or drippers because it is more resistant to expansion.
What is the best way to add to existing tubing?
Unfortunately, there are no industry standards for tubing in the drip irrigation sector. Drip irrigation tubing is referred to as nominally sized tubing. This means that tube from different manufacturers will not always be the same size, even if they both indicate half inch (1/2). It’s critical to know the manufacturer of your tubing as well as the interior and outer diameters of the tubing you want to add to an existing system when adding to an existing system. Check out our compatibility guide to learn more about the subject.
What is Dripline Tubing and How Does It Work?
Dripline is tube with emitters inserted directly into it at predetermined spacings and flow rates. There is no need to insert drippers with dripline tubing, which saves time. You just connect your dripline to your system after laying out your dripline. Dripline comes in 1/2 and 1/4 tubing sizes, with a small number of specified emitter spacings and flow rates.
Note that dripline’s maximum run lengths (1/4 30 feet and 1/2 200 feet) still apply. The chart below shows the several types of dripline that are available, as well as some of the most popular uses for each.
- Landscapes with a densely planted canopy
- Long rows of crops are planted in a straight line.
- Blueberries are a tasty treat.
- Vineyards are irrigated with water.
What kind of plastic can be used to store gasoline?
The extremely combustible fumes created by the gas are one of the most serious hazards and risks related with gasoline storage. The most serious danger in the case of oil is a spill. Plastics made from petrochemicals and oil help to ease these key difficulties. High-density polyethylene (HDPE) is a strong plastic that is often used to produce plastic gas cans and barrels because it insulates the contents and protects the gas from the heat of the environment. It’s also antimicrobial and rust-resistant, which means nothing will leak out of corroded portions.
Many modern oil and gas barrels have a “double-wall” structure that combines plastic and steel. The inside layer is made of petrochemical polymers to keep it liquid-tight and well insulated, while the exterior layer is made of steel to deter theft and help maintain internal pressure. They work together to keep your gasoline and oil safe and ready to use when you need it.
Is polyethylene gasoline resistant?
The chemical makeup of hydrocarbon-based compound materials is comparable to that of polyethylene. Chemicals including gasoline, kerosene, alcohol, methanol, and isopropyl alcohol have the ability to infiltrate the polyethylene and leak through the tank. Solvents can damage or soften polyethylene, compromising the tank’s performance and durability. Fiberglass or stainless steel storage tanks are preferable in these situations.
What exactly is PE tubing?
Poly tubing, also known as polyethylene tubing or PE tubing, is a flexible, lightweight, corrosion-resistant plastic that can be used for a variety of liquid, gas, and fluid transmission applications. The FDA has cleared poly tubing for use in food and beverage applications. Polyethylene tubing is one of the most prevalent PE tubing materials in the world and is fully safe.