The benefits and challenges of oval tubing

Oval tubing offers a number of advantages when compared with standard circular tubes. The shape is stronger and is less likely to become misshapen. It is also more compact so the tube will take up less space. This makes it a good option for settings where there is limited room to work with. A third benefit is that the shape is also more aerodynamic. This makes it a good option for things like exhaust pipes on vehicles.

If you do choose oval tubing it is important you keep in mind that it takes more skill to bend and adapt the tubing. This is true of every type of none circular tube. The difficulty comes from the fact that circular tubes will support themselves when they are manipulated, helping to reduce the risk of misshaping. Non-round varieties lack the support and can flatten or buckle. Care, precision and the right equipment are needed to avoid this.

There are two different types of oval tubing to be aware of; elliptical and flat sided. The first is a true oval and has a continuous rounded edge. The latter has flattened sides like a rectangular tube but with curved ends. Whichever option you choose it is vital you take the same amount of care so that the finished piece is perfect.

At Union Steel Tubes we stock a wide array of ERW tube, including various shapes. If you are looking for oval we offer flat sided ones manufactured with care and precision. We are committed to quality and ensure that every single piece of tubing we deliver meets your needs.

You can view the various sizes of flat sided oval tubes we offer on the products page on our website. Simply click the pdf and view the last page on the document. The sizes are clearly labelled so you can find the one you want with ease. If you don’t see a size to suit your specifications you can contact us to request a bespoke one. We can manufacture the ERW tube for you in many cases.