The mechanical characteristics of thin wall tubing make it an ideal choice for various applications, from its ability to withstand extreme temperature conditions to it providing material strength, excellent insulation and protection from abrasion.
First off, one of the primary benefits of thin wall tubing being able to withstand extreme temperature conditions is in use in sensitive electronic devices where excessive exposure to heat could cause damage and equipment failure.
Why does this happen?
As technology advances, electronic devices, such as integrated circuit boards become more complex. In doing so, the circuit density causes an increase in thermal properties, in other words, it turns up the heat generated inside of equipment.
Thin wall tubing in this particular application helps to cool electronic devices by acting as a conduit to pass airflow to lower the temperature, and as a result keeps the device functioning properly.
Another benefit of thin wall tube concerns its tensile properties. Its relative strength provides necessary assurance to the end user of surgical equipment, for example. During medical procedures, thin wall tubing must deliver superior performance to ensure the safety of a patient. While heat may not be a contributing factor to thin wall tubes failure, it is critical that the tensile strength of the thin wall tube be able can withstand continuous friction and maintain enough gripping strength.
Another common use of thin wall tubing is in packaging protection. In this case, thin wall tubes cut to size may be used as a band around products to aid in tamper detection.
From these varied examples, it’s evident that thin wall tubing offers a wide breadth of performance characteristics to be selected for use in a number of applications.