There are many different types of hose available on the market, including metal, rubber, composite, PTFE, and fabric. The decision of which hose type to select depends on the application for which the hose is being used. Generally, there are eight factors that should alert you to consider using metal hose:

  1. TEMPERATURE EXTREMES
    If either the temperature of the media going through the hose or the surrounding atmospheric temperature is very cold or hot, metal may be the only material that can withstand such temperature extremes.
  2. CHEMICAL COMPATIBILITY
    Metal hose can handle a wider variety of chemicals than most other hose types. If the hose will be exposed to aggressive chemicals (either internally or externally}, metal hose should be considered.
  3. PERMEATION CONCERNS
    Non-metal hose is susceptible to gas permeation through the hose wall and into the atmosphere. Metal hose, on the other hand, does not allow permeation. If containing the gases inside the hose is important, metal hose may be required.
  4. POTENTIAL FOR CATASTROPHIC FAILURE
    When a metal hose fails, it usually develops small holes or cracks. Other hose types tend to develop larger cracks or come apart completely. If a sudden hose failure is potentially catastrophic, a metal hose may help minimize the effects of a failure by leaking product at a slower rate.
  5. ABRASION AND OVERBENDING CONCERNS
    To prevent abrasion and overbending, a metal hose can be used as a protective cover over wires or even other hoses.
  6. FIRE SAFETY
    Other hose types will melt when exposed to fire, while metal hose maintains its integrity up to 1300° F. (See NAHAD derating chart on page 33)
  7. ACHIEVING FULL VACUUM
    Under full vacuum, metal hose maintains its shape while other hose types may collapse.
  8. FLEXIBILITY IN FITIING CONFIGURATION
    Virtually any type of fitting can be attached to metal hose, while other hose types require special shanks and collars.