Strip Loaded Pipe vs. Pyramid Loaded Pipe

Published: 07/20/2018

Pipe can be transported by truck in either a strip load or a pyramid load. While both techniques are efficient, reliable, and safe, it is important to understand the specific advantages of each method.

Strip Loaded: Yard-to-Yard or Yard-to-Rail Transport

When transporting pipe from yard-to-yard or yard-to-rail, strip loading is preferred because pipe can be loaded and unloaded via forklift and in larger quantities.  This loading formation allows for the maximum pieces of pipe per truck load, given the size and weight of the pipe. 

 

Pyramid Loaded: Yard or Warehouse to Jobsite Transport

On the jobsite, trucks often require maneuverability to navigate through obstacles and must be able to accommodate lifting options other than a forklift. For example, sometimes pipe is unloaded by a vacuum lift on site in order to prevent damage to the pipe coating. With a vacuum lift, there can be a risk of the pipe rolling, which is mitigated through the pyramid load, where pipe sits within the grooves of one another.

 

 
 
Pipe Load Chart - Standard U.S. Truck Load

The chart below is a guide when determining the number of pieces of pipe that will fit on a truck. This is based on standard U.S. truck size.
These numbers are based on using a max weight fit of 45,000 lbs., load width: ~102"w x ~102"h, and weight based on 40' lengths pipe.

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   STRIP / PYRAMID LOADED      STRIP LOADED PYRAMID LOADED
SIZE O.D. (Inches) WALL (Inches) PIECES LOAD WEIGHT (Pounds)  

SIZE O.D.(Inches)

WALL (Inches) PIECES LOAD WEIGHT (Pounds) PIECES LOAD WEIGHT (Pounds)

2" NPS (2.375")

0.154 293 44,197  

12" NPS (12.750")

     
0.188 43 45,602 25 26,513
0.218 213 44,927   0.250 32 44,904 25 35,081
0.344 143 44,805   0.375 22 45,840 22 45,840
0.436 118 44,753   0.406 20 44,999 20 44,999
       0.500 16 44,003 16 44,003
2 1/2" (2.875")   0.203 185 44,989   0.688 12 44,670 12 44,670
0.276 140 45,041         
0.375 107 44,985   14"   0.250 30 46,255 20 30,870
       0.375 20 45,839 20 45,839
3" (3.500")    0.216 141 44,889   0.500 15 45,417 15 45,417
0.300 104 44,772         
0.438 74 44,507   16"    0.219 25 38,756 18 27,935
0.600 57 44,481   0.250 25 44,153 18 31,821
       0.375 17 44,725 17 44,725
3 1/2" (4.000")   0.226 117 44,767   0.500 13 45,193 13 45,193
0.318 85 44,661         
0.636 46 44,146   18"   0.250 23 45,828 20 39,850
       0.375 15 44,510 15 44,510
4" (4.500")      0.156 146 44,396   0.500 11 43,216 11 43,216
0.188 124 45,102         
0.237 99 44,865   20"   0.250 20 44,335 12 26,601
0.337 71 44,670   0.375 14 46,217 12 39,650
0.531 47 44,435   0.500 10 43,776 9 39,399
        
5" (5.563")    0.258 74 45,439   22"  0.375 12 43,692 9 32,769
0.375 52 45,383   0.500 9 43,395 9 43,395
0.625 33 45,683               
0.750 28 45,335   24"         0.250 12 31,989 9 23,992
             0.375 11 43,757 9 35,801
6" (6.250")       0.156 100 45,276         0.500 8 42,205 7 36,930
0.188 83 45,039         
0.250 64 45,750   26"  0.375 9 38,794 5 21,572
0.280 57 45,414   0.500 8 45,754 5 28,623
0.432 38 45,598         
0.719 24 45,713   30"   0.250 9 30,025 5 16,698
0.864 20 44,655   0.375 9 44,850 5 24,940
       0.500 7 46,314 5 33,113
8" (8.625")      0.188 65 46,246         
0.250 48 45,078   32"  0.375 8 42,599 5 26,624
0.322 38 45,566   0.500 6 42,389 5 35,358
0.500 25 45,560         
0.875 15 45,625   36"   0.250 5 20,045 3 12,039
0.906 14 43,918   0.375 5 29,363 3 17,995
       0.500 5 39,809 3 23,909
10" (10.750")      0.188 51 45,475         
0.219 44 45,554   42"  0.375 4 28,008 3 21,025
0.250 39 45,963   0.500 4 37,231 3 27,950
0.365 27 45,950         
0.500 20 45,982   48"  0.375 4 32,045 3 24,056
0.594 17 46,003   0.500 4 42,614 3 31,991

NPS = NOMINAL PIPE SIZE

*This information is to be used as a guide only, and shows maximum pieces of pipe and load weight for trucks using the following parameters: 
MAX WI FIT -46,000 lbs. / LOAD WIDTH: ~102"W x ~102"H / Weight based on 42' lengths

 

 


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