D-shaped tube, or D tube, has a distinctive ridged design which boasts tremendous lateral strength. It is easy to grip, and has a flat, secure base which is easy to apply to bulwarks, brickwork and balustrades – including glass.
- Developed with ease of installation in mind
- Technically and aesthetically superior to standard round tube
- Often used as handrail due to its ergonomic design
- Distinctive ridge creates a flat and secure base to apply to bulwarks, brickwork and balustrades
- Tremendous strength (49% stronger than standard round tube equivalent in robust deflection testing)
- Rainwater flows off the curved top, preventing unwanted water ingress
- Joiners available for some D-shaped tube sizes, enabling easier fabrication for handrails and balustrades
6 existing sizes of stainless steel D-shaped tubed multiple wall thicknesses
From 34×12×1.5mm to 178×58×3mm
Most popular sizes
- 34 × 12 × 1.5mm
- 50 × 18 × 1.5mm
- 65 × 28 × 2mm
- 99 × 40 × 2mm
Designed for handrail use
D-shaped tube is predominantly used as handrail – the profile was ergonomically designed to be gripped by a hand. Its flat underside helps fabricators and fitters to weld square-cut balusters directly to the underside of the tubing. It is also possible to attach a glazing channel to the D-shaped handrail either through welding or by attaching threaded inserts to the underside.
The unique shape not only aids installation but it will also stop water ingress to the underside. This makes it more corrosion-resistant, as it reduces pitting and water collecting underneath. This makes D-shaped tube ideal for when used as external handrails for ramps and stairs and balustrades in public buildings, as well as yachts and cruise liners.
A great alternative to teak wood railings on boats
For centuries, teak wood has been used aboard sea-faring craft, but teak is becoming increasingly limited in availability and increasing expensive. When made from ‘marine grade’ 316L stainless steel, the D-shaped profile makes a wonderful alternative to teak bulwark capping on larger boats and cruise liners. It has become the selection of choice for boat owners and shipbuilders alike since it requires no maintenance and will always look new. However, if a traditional teak wood-effect is desired, we can apply a special coating to the metal (this can be applied to aluminium and stainless steel tubing).
D-tube for engineering projects
Product designers and engineers have found that this geometric tube profile is an especially useful solution to house electronic components and cables. We can custom-make this tube in various sizes (we make D-shape tube in a super-slim profile to be used to house a geotechnical sensor, for example). If you are looking to experiment with tube shapes and sizes, speak to us about our prototypes and customised sizes.
Metals available for the D-shaped profile
Most often, we make the D-shaped tube profile from stainless steel (inox) and aluminium due to the applications that it is used for, although it can be made from brass, copper and cupronickel.
Joiners available for connecting D-shaped tube
We offer a joining system for some of our most popular-sized D-shaped tubes. The stainless steel joiners enable you to produce handrail and balustrades with uncompromising, seamless joins. If we don’t yet make joiners in the size you require, speak to the team as we can custom-make sizes.
Fabrication service for D-shaped tube
If your application requires the D-shaped tube to be cut, welded and polished then ask about our in-house fabrication services. Our expert fabricators are highly experienced in preparing D-shaped railings so that they are ready for installation.
Should you require, our fabricators can channel-cut the D-shape tubing to create a glazing channel that holds a glass panel (or alternatively we can weld clamps and fittings to secure glass panelling). We can also weld our stainless steel spindles or posts to the D-shaped handrail tubing.
Stainless steel and aluminium 5083 D-shaped tube profiles are sold in lengths of 5.8m (the manufacturing process reduces the standard 6m length by 0.2 metres).
Can’t see the tube sizes you need in the table? Contact us about custom-sized tubing; we may able to fabricate a new size to meet your project requirements. Or download our brochure, which contains sizing information for existing aluminium and brass tubing too, as well as all stainless steel sizes.
If required, we can find out wall thickness tolerances from our metal suppliers. Typically the tolerance levels of wall thickness are extremely minimal and any small variations in thickness do not affect further fabrication or the end application. However, it is important to tell us if the tolerance is critical to the application before you place an order. For example, if the shaped tubing component needs to go inside another component, or if the tubing has to house a component, any variation in wall thickness could be critical.
Applications for D-shaped Tube
- Kick rails
- Metal Stair Nosing
- Housing for electronic components
International shipping for D-shaped tube: efficient overseas shipping options
Our clients come to us from across the globe for our unique shaped tubing and specialist tube fabrication. We can ship D-shaped tube to North America and Europe in as little as 48 hours. Our expert shipping team will meet your transit times and budget; get in touch to discuss transportation options.
Need help finding the right size and tube shape?
Speak with one of our tube specialists to find out how best to integrate shaped tubing into your project. We can give you information on the best profile, metal, finish and dimensions for your application.