When most people think of pipes they think of massive steel and silver polished pipes that run both under and above ground. Those pipes give us water and help move things from place to place. But in order to protect pipes from damage or other problems, there’s a special secret ingredient that helps out. That ingredient is rubber.
Rubber lining inside pipes has several benefits. The rubber lined pipes have good structure and are attached to the pipe using powerful glue, and rubber can resist most corrosive acids and other chemicals. It will act as a shield to keep the pipe underneath it safe. Plus, since rubber is naturally resistant to electricity, it can absorb and resist shocks and friction.
Working together, steel rubber lined piping can provide a double punch to the problems facing most pipes. While steel is strong, adaptable, and normally used in pipelines, it can become weakened by corrosion, which rubber protects against. The way these two substances are bonded together is through lining the inside of the pipe and then vulcanizing the rubber.
It’s not a Star Trek related item, but instead, a process where rubber is mixed with other substances to make it stronger and more resistant to the conditions inside the pipe. This is done by using either hot water or steam, and once the pipe and rubber are fused together, then the surface is inspected for flaws.
Once it has been tested and found to work, the rubber lined pipe is sent away and then installed whenever it is needed. After that it is used just like any other pipe, only the rubber often lasts longer and allows for fewer replacements throughout the pipe’s lifetime. So it’s well worth to have the pipes that need them filled with rubber lining.