Nucor Skyline

Nucor Skyline has vast experience in manufacturing pipe piling products for the North American steel foundation industry. With our strategically located manufacturing plants, we can service the steel needs of any public or private project throughout the region.

  • Spiralweld: Up to 120” OD; 1” Thickness
  • Custom Lengths and Thicknesses
  • Custom Fabrication Services
  • Accepted by DOTs in Seismically Active Areas
  • In-house and Third-Party Testing Capabilities
  • Made in the USA

Spiralweld pipe, like ERW, is also manufactured from steel coil. The difference is the coil is wound at an angle, so the weld runs around the outside of the pipe in the shape of a helix. This allows for more variation in diameter and thickness than Electric Resistance Welded (ERW) pipe. Spiralweld pipe is most commonly used for pipe diameters between 24 in. and 120 in. and for wall thicknesses of 1.0 in. or less.

What is Spiralweld Pipe Used For?

Spiralweld pipe can handle a lot of pressure, so it is used for a variety of different projects. Some spiralweld pipe uses include piling, structural applications, water, slurry, dredging, and various other pipelines.

Advantages of Using Spiralweld Pipe

There are several benefits to using spiralweld pipe. As mentioned, spiralweld pipe puts less stress on the seam than its straight seam counterpart, allowing it to withstand more pressure. Spiralweld pipe is more flexible and customizable, allowing for larger diameters and longer lengths with varying levels. Another benefit of spiralweld pipe is that it is efficient and cost-effective, creating greater possibilities for less.

Manufacturing Process

The spiralweld pipe manufacturing process is one of the most cost-effective ways to produce steel pipe. Spiralweld pipe is manufactured from steel coil and typically utilizes a helical double submerged arc weld (DSAW). A double submerged arc welded straight seam pipe is protected against outside contaminants in the air, thus keeping the welded steel purified. The mill setup offers a varying degree of flexibility, allowing for the production of a wide range of pipe diameters and wall thicknesses. As a result, Nucor Skyline is able to offer spiralweld steel pipe for structural and non-structural applications.

Spiralweld uncoiling

UNCOILING

Upon receipt of the coil, it is placed on a horizontal uncoiler mandrel and fed into the straightener.

FLATTENING

The steel strip of coil is introduced into the flattener through a roll stand and the coil set is removed.

JOINING OF THE COIL ENDS

As the coil continues to move through the straightener, the leading and trailing edges of the strip are trimmed in preparation for butt welding – coil to coil.

EDGE MILLING

The edges of the coil are trimmed with carbide teeth to prepare for welding.

PIPE SPIRALING

The strip of coil enters the three roll apparatus composed of lead, buttress and mandrel roll sets. At this stage, the coil starts to form the spiral shape that will then become pipe.

pipe welding

PIPE WELDING

The welding system welds the pipe, first along the inside diameter and then along the outside diameter, using a submerged arc welding process.

Quality Control

QUALITY CONTROL

Once the welding is complete, the finished pipe is visually inspected by Quality Control (QC) and, if required, Ultrasonic (UT) testing is performed to ensure the weld is defect-free.

Cutoff

PIPE CUT-OFF

Once the pipe reaches the desired length, the cut-off machine is engaged. Traveling with the pipe, a plasma torch provides the cut-off of the finished pipe. Specific end props, such as bevel or square cut ends, can be requested to allow for simpler splicing in the field.

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Case Study: Rukert Terminal

Case Study: Rukert Terminal

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