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Definitions and Applications

  1. General Definition:
  • A long, narrow, hollow cylinder designed for holding or passing liquids or gases.
  1. Automotive and Bicycle Use:
  • Inner Tube:
    • A rubber, doughnut-shaped bladder placed within the carcass of a tire and inflated.
    • Used primarily in bicycles, motorcycles, and some older or specialty car tires.
    • Provides the air retention in pneumatic tires, allowing for a cushion that improves ride quality and traction.
    • Usually made of butyl rubber or latex.
  1. Lighting:
  • Light Tube:
    • A fluorescent tube or other types of cylindrical light bulbs.
    • Commonly used in commercial, industrial, and residential lighting for their efficiency and long life.

Detailed Explanation

  1. Hollow Cylinder for Fluids or Gases:
  • Materials and Construction:
    • Can be made from various materials, including metals (steel, aluminum, copper), plastics (PVC, polyethylene), and composites.
    • Construction may vary based on the intended use, with some tubes reinforced for high-pressure applications.
  • Applications:
    • Plumbing: Used to transport water, sewage, and gas in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings.
    • Industrial: Conveying chemicals, petroleum products, and gases in manufacturing processes.
    • Medical: Intravenous (IV) tubes for delivering fluids and medications directly into a patient’s bloodstream.
  1. Inner Tube for Tires:
  • Design and Function:
    • Fits inside the tire casing and is inflated to a specific pressure to maintain the tire’s shape and provide cushioning.
    • Equipped with a valve stem to allow for inflation and deflation.
  • Types and Variations:
    • Butyl Rubber: Most common, known for its air retention and durability.
    • Latex: Used in high-performance bicycles, offering lower rolling resistance but requiring more frequent inflation.
  • Advantages and Disadvantages:
    • Advantages: Easier to repair a puncture by patching or replacing the tube; provides a consistent and predictable ride.
    • Disadvantages: Higher weight compared to tubeless setups; risk of pinch flats if not properly inflated.
  1. Light Tubes:
  • Fluorescent Tubes:
    • Contain a gas that emits ultraviolet light when electrified, which then excites a phosphorescent coating inside the tube to produce visible light.
    • Energy-efficient and long-lasting, making them suitable for large, continuous lighting needs.
  • LED Tubes:
    • An alternative to fluorescent tubes, using light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for even greater energy efficiency and longevity.
    • Retrofitting options are available for existing fluorescent fixtures.

The term “tube” encompasses a variety of cylindrical objects used across different industries and applications. From transporting fluids and gases to providing illumination and forming an integral part of tire construction, tubes are essential components in modern technology and everyday life. Each type of tube is designed to meet specific needs, whether it’s the robust construction of plumbing tubes, the flexible and airtight properties of inner tubes, or the energy-efficient design of light tubes.

See Related Terms:

  • Axle tube
  • Backward-wave Tube
  • Band Ignitor Tube
  • Bleeder Tubes
  • Bourdon tube
  • Braun Tube
  • Butt-welded Tube
  • Butyl Tube
  • Capillary tube
  • Cathode Ray Tube
  • Choke tube
  • Curing tube
  • Distribution tube
  • Down tube
  • Down tube shifter
  • Emulsion tube
  • Expansion Tube
  • Fixed Orifice Tube
  • Fuel filler tube
  • Head tube
  • Heat shrink tube
  • Inner tube
  • Japanese lantern-type jacket tube
  • Jet tube
  • J-type Vent Tubes
  • Latex Tube
  • Main-well Tube
  • Mini tube cutter
  • Mixer Tube
  • Neon tube
  • Orifice Tube
  • Pitot tube
  • Process Tube
  • Ram Tube
  • Road-draft tube
  • Seat tube
  • Shrink tube
  • Stanchion Tube
  • Steerer tube
  • Stern tube
  • Tire Tube
  • Top tube
  • Torque tube
  • Torque tube drive
  • Ultralight Tube
  • Venturi tube
  • Vortex Tube

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