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Steam Dynamics - Traps And Coils
Author(s): Robert P. Madding; Stephen A. Seeber
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Paper Abstract

Dynamic monitoring of steam trap and steam coil surface thermal patterns can indicate steam system malfunction. Condensate lines at atmospheric pressure showed a temperature fluctuation of several degrees due to a momentary pressure increase caused by a properly functioning steam trap cycling. A malfunctioning trap showed no such increase. This effect decreases with increased condensate line pressure. Steady state observation of the tempera-ture drop across steam traps could not reliably distinguish good traps from bad. Dynamic observation of steam coil surface temperatures showed a typical 10% to 15% loss of heating surface due to gas blockage. Purging by installing an air vent provides only temporary relief.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 March 1985
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 0520, Thermosense VII: Thermal Infrared Sensing for Diagnostics and Control, (20 March 1985); doi: 10.1117/12.946140
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Robert P. Madding, Inframetrics Inc. (United States)
Stephen A. Seeber, Mid-Atlantic Infrared Services (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0520:
Thermosense VII: Thermal Infrared Sensing for Diagnostics and Control
Andronicos G. Kantsios, Editor(s)

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