Why Steam Traps Testing are Essential

Oct 19, 18 Why Steam Traps Testing are Essential

The role of Spirax Sarco Steam Traps Testing is to discharge air, condensate and other types of incondensable gasses from your steam system all while not allowing live steam to escape. The appropriate type of steam trap will provide a link between condensate management and good steam, retaining the steam in the process to allow a maximum use of heat, all while releasing the incondensable gases and condensate at the proper time.

While it is extremely tempting to consider steam traps testing alone, it is actually the effect they have on the entire steam system that is important and in many situations not appreciated. Consider the following questions:

  1. Is plant performance less than it needs to be or slow to respond?

  2. Is the system completely trouble free, or have you noticed inadequate steam trapping, which causes leakage, corrosion and water hammer, as well as higher maintenance costs?

  1. Does the actual design of the entire system have a negative effect on the efficiency and life of your steam trap?

In some cases an inappropriate steam trap will be selected for a certain application, with no negative effects noticed. Also, there are a number of cases where these steam traps testing are shut-off entirely with no apparent problem, where an incomplete drainage of the condensate from one of the drain points means that the extra will be carried on to the next. This could create a serious issue if the next drain is also shut off or blocked.

The Necessity of a Steam Trap

If you have a steam system, it will not be complete without the steam trap component. This provides the most important link in the entire condensate loop since it connects condensate return with steam usage. In fact, the steam trap is responsible for purging condensate from the system, which allows the steam to reach is ultimate destination in a dry condition allowing it to perform it designated task in an economic and efficient manner.

The amount of condensate that a steam trap is going to have to deal with may vary by a considerable amount. It may discharge the condensate at the steam temperature or be required to release it below the steam temperature, which will result in a loss of some of the “sensible heat” during the process.

With all the factors to consider, it only makes sense that one types of steam trap will not be the proper choice for all types of applications.

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