Introduction to Steam

  1. Effective Use of Steam and Steam Traps

    1. Reduce heat loss


Heat loss, as the name suggests, refers to heat energy loss when heat is released from steam lines and equipment out of the system. The main reasons depend on the operating conditions of the steam system.



  1. During start up, and shut off of operation


    During the period from start up to the normal operation of the steam system, a large amount of steam heat energy is consumed for warming up the steam lines and equipment. System with lower stopping frequency can ignore the consumption of this steam heat energy, but this cannot be ignored in the case of systems with higher stopping frequency such as equipment operated on a weekly or daily basis. It is necessary to apply thermal insulation to reduce the cooling of pipes and equipment, and to reuse the discharged condensate.

  2. In case of normal operation



At the normal operation stage, the main losses are the heat dissipation from the outer surface of the steam piping and heat transfer device and the heat that flows out with the discharged condensate. The higher the capacity of the equipment in terms of load requirements, the greater the rate of heat loss.