Stainless Steel Pipe Diameter Size Comparison Table/US, Japan and German Standard Pipe Outer Diameter

Common stainless steel pipe diameter size comparison table (Japanese/American/German standard)

Nominal Pipe Diameter
(DN) / Inch
Average Outer Diameter (JIS/Japan)Average Outer Diameter (ANSI/US)Average Outer Diameter (DIN/Germany)
DN 151/2″21.7 mm21.3 mm21.3 mm
DN 203/4″27.2 mm26.7 mm26.9 mm
DN 251″34.0 mm33.4 mm33.7 mm
DN 321-1/4″42.7 mm42.2 mm42.4 mm
DN 401-1/2″48.6 mm48.3 mm48.3 mm
DN 502″60.5 mm60.3 mm60.3 mm
DN 652-1/2″76.3 mm73.0 mm76.1 mm
DN 803″89.1 mm88.9 mm88.9 mm
DN 1004″114.3 mm114.3 mm114.3 mm
DN 1255″139.8 mm141.3 mm139.7 mm
DN 1506″165.2 mm168.3 mm168.3 mm
DN 2008″216.3 mm219.1 mm219.1 mm
DN 25010″267.4 mm273.1 mm273.0 mm
DN 30012″318.5 mm323.9 mm323.9 mm
DN 35014″355.6 mm355.6 mm355.6 mm
DN 40016″406.4 mm406.4 mm406.4 mm
DN 45018″457.2 mm457.2 mm457.2 mm
DN 50020″508.0 mm508.0 mm508.0 mm
DN 55022″558.8 mm558.8 mm558.8 mm
DN 60024″609.6 mm609.6 mm609.6 mm

# Above for reference only. Please refer to the actual measurement for pipe diameter.

Stainless steel pipe diameter size conversion and comparison

The nominal diameter of stainless steel pipes is often expressed in inches or DN. For example: DN 100 is a 4″ (inch) pipe. Standard pipe diameters  comes with corresponding average outer diameter and approximate inner diameter, which are marked in mm. When determining the nominal pipe diameter, you can first measure the outer diameter of the pipe, and then use the above comparison table to find out the nominal pipe diameter of the pipe.

For example, if you want to convert a stainless steel pipe with an outer diameter of 89 mm, you can compare it to DN 80, or a 3″ (inch) pipe.

Measuring the diameter of stainless steel pipe

When measuring the diameter of a stainless steel pipe, for smaller sizes, you can use a caliper to directly measure the outer diameter of the pipe and then convert it to the nominal pipe diameter. If the pipe diameter is too large and there is no suitable caliper, you can also use a measuring tape to measure the circumference of the pipe, and then divide it by 3.14 to get the approximate pipe diameter. Example: A stainless steel pipe with a circumference of 839 mm should be a DN 250 or 10” pipe.

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