Bending a pipe can be done in a variety of ways. When it comes to pipe bending fabrication you can turn to different methods which make use of large complex tools in order to get a pipe to bend. In the absence of such tools, anyone at home can also make use of a simple pipe bender or other tools available provided that the proper calculations are made which aren’t that complex. Calculations are important in pipe bending so that you can achieve the desired angle and also be able to know what length of pipe you should be using.
However, it is important to note that pipe bending is not something that you can master right away. To be able to perfect it requires practicing a lot which can be done by bending lots of test pipes in order to be more familiar with the tools and get a hang of the force needed to use it. Today, we are going to help you become familiarized with two different methods used in pipe bending fabrication and those two are rotary draw pipe bending and ram style pipe bending.
First let’s talk about ram style pipe bending. This method is said to be quite simple and is also quite an inexpensive approach to bending a pipe or tubing. In the process of ram style pipe bending, the pipe is secured at two external area points using restraints. When the pipe is properly secured, a ram will be brought down onto the pipe hitting the center between the two secured points. As the ram goes down on the pipe it puts in on stress and it is this stress that will eventually cause the pipe to bend.
Through ram style pipe bending fabrication, the pipe will be bent on both internal and external areas. As the pipe is being bent, the deformation will eventually take the form of an oval and the exact shape depends on the wall thickness as well as the material of the pipe. This method of pipe bending is the approached used in bending light electrical conduit and other light material pipes.
Now let’s take a look at the other method rotary draw pipe bending. This method of pipe bending fabrication is known as the most common approach to pipe bending. Rotary draw pipe bending takes special care of the pipe’s finishing as well as the uniformity of the diameter after bending. The tools that are used in this method give the pipe a rather good finish and also assure the absence of bumps which prevents any abnormality in its diameter as it is being bent.
The process involves feeding the raw pipe into a stationary counter bending die which moves it into another component which is the fixed radius former die. In pipe bending fabrication the rotary draw pipe bending method is the most viable approach for turning pipes into ornaments, cars chassis, handrails, trailer frames, roll cages, and other products that require a higher aesthetic value.