Temperature Expansion Coefficients of some common Piping Materials

Expansion coefficients of some common materials used for pipes and tubes - aluminum, carbon steel, cast iron, PVC, HDPE and more

Expansion coefficients of some common materials used for calculating pipe temperature expansion of pipes and tubes can be found in the table below:

Material Expansion Coefficients
10-6 in/in oF 10-6 m/m oC
Aluminum 12.8 23.1
Carbon Steel 6.5 11.7
Cast Iron 5.9 10.6
Copper 9.3 16.8
Stainless Steel 9.9 17.8
ABS Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene 35.0 63.0
HDPE High density polyethylene 67.0 120.0
PE Polyethylene 83.0 150.0
CPVC Chlorinated polyvinyl chloride 44.0 79.0
PVC Polyvinyl chloride 28.0 50.4

Note! The high expansion coefficients for the plastic materials makes plastic piping and tubes extreme sensitive to change in temperature. Always pay attention to plastics were temperature varies.

pipes linear temperature expansion

Related Topics

  • Piping Systems - Dimensions of pipes and tubes - dimensions, materials, capacities - pressure drop calculations and charts - insulation and heat loss diagrams
  • Thermodynamics - The effects of work, heat and energy on a system

Related Documents

Search the Engineering ToolBox

Engineering ToolBox - SketchUp Edition - Online 3D modeling!

3D Engineering ToolBox - draw and model technical applications

Engineering ToolBox - SketchUp Edition - add standard and customized parametric components - like flange beams, lumbers, piping and more - to your SketchUp model - enabled for use with the amazing, fun and free SketchUp Make and SketchUp Pro. Add from the Sketchup Extension Warehouse!

Translate the Engineering ToolBox!
About the Engineering ToolBox!