Steam hoses: stainless steel vs. rubber

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Industries and markets are growing. Constantly. So does the variety of liquid chemicals, hydrocarbons, steam and gases. What’s more, a safe factory or production plant today can be a dangerous place tomorrow. Because of this continuous processes, industrial hoses that transfer substances need to adjust to change. In other words, industrial hoses need to be in a state of development every single day. One of these dynamic industries is the chemical and petrochemical market where steam hoses are used; steam hoses that are made from stainless steel or rubber. In this blog, we are taking a closer look at the use of stainless steel compared with rubber and discovered some remarkable issues.

A TOTALLY different perspective

Steam hoses are mostly used at chemical and petrochemical plants. These factories and plants have aggressive atmospheres with substances such as chlorine and salt. Also, industrial hoses for steam are being dragged and used by workers in a dynamic, rough way. When comparing the material of steam hoses in several circumstances, only a few conditions can match both stainless steel as rubber: high pressure and temperature. For the rest of the tests regarding flexibility and the weight of the hose itself, steam hoses made from rubber will beat stainless steel.

"Steam hoses made from rubber will beat stainless steel."


  1. While dragged along the floor, unprotected stainless steel hoses will be damaged; the wires of the outer braiding will break and the hose will burst. 
  2. Loose wires of the braid can hurt operators when manipulating the hoses. 
  3. Protected stainless steel hoses, however, have an outer spiral or strip wound casing, but this ‘solution’ increases the weight of the hose; the steam hose is heavy and more difficult to work with. 
  4. Protected stainless steel hoses with an outer spiral easily get stuck behind obstacles in the factory thus damaging the hose.
  5. Stainless steel hoses can easily kink behind the fitting, causing leakage of steam.

The switch from stainless steel to rubber 

Because of the above-mentioned reasons, more and more users of steam hoses change stainless steel hoses into rubber steam hoses, like the Inferno ISO6134 and Super Inferno. Due to the high quality of the cover of the hose, it is chemical resistant and also heat and weather resistant. Also, the hose cover is smooth, lightweight and can be dragged easily on the ground.

Duracrimp steam solution

Goodall® DuraCrimp® is an exclusive and innovative crimping system for the new generation of Goodall® steam hoses and couplings. We have designed and thoroughly tested the Goodall® DuraCrimp® system to deliver the needs of the market and the users :

  • Increased safety and reliability
  • Cost savings
  • Original and innovative ergonomics
  • Identifiers with colored identification rings and RFID

Repairing on site

Another big advantage of rubber hoses, compared with stainless steel hoses, is the possibilities in case of repair. Stainless steel hoses cannot be repaired on site; the stainless steel steam hose will be disposed of or sent back to the supplier for repair. But when use the GOODALL rubber steam hoses, repairs can be easily done just on site with brass safety clamps. Moreover, the same clamps can be used again.

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