Two reasons why most steam traps failAugust 27, 2014 REDWIRE is news you can use from leading suppliers. Powered by FRASERS.
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Steam traps (also known as condensate traps) are key valve components within steam systems used for applications in industries, including chemical, energy, food and beverage, plastics and petroleum sectors.
A steam trap is a type of automated, self-contained valve holding steam in while filtering out air or other non-condensable gases.
Waste not, want not
Because steam is a source of heat energy for certain industrial or mechanical applications, the role of steam traps is vital in releasing any extraneous gases that insulate (or cool) the temperature of steam.
Don’t run out of steam: below are two reasons why your steam system may be instead running on fumes.
Steam goes past the point of no return
Prevent steam from passing beyond its point of use by ensuring a tight trap.
One reason for steam trap failure is due to the reduced heat of the steam, which is the main source of energy.
Heat loss occurs when steam transforms into liquid or condensate. The longer condensate remains in the steam trap, the less efficiency the steam trap provides. As liquid condensate rises, so does the risk of flooding.
Clear the air – literally
Steam is the result of dissolved air expelled from water. While breathing air gives humans life, it’s a killer for steam.
Air is a superior thermal insulator snuffing the life out of steam. Because steam is a source of heat energy, air greatly reduces the ability of steam to diffuse heat.
How to move full steam ahead?
Ensure steam traps continue to do what they are designed to do: catch and capture steam.
Invest in steam traps offering high sensitivity and operating features to monitor heat and condensate levels in order to expel built up condensate.
Also, select a steam trap with large water handling capacities to prevent possible system flooding.
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