Want to Know about Steam Traps?
NAVAL FACILITIES ENGINEERING SERVICE CENTER PORT HUENEME CA
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Steam traps are a small but very important component in any steam distribution system. They represent a significant source of wasted energy when not properly used and maintained. Surveys have shown that on Navy shore facilities 30 to 35 percent of traps are either inoperative or misused. This has led to energy loss in steam lines for many years. There have been TechData Sheets, articles, and specs written for steam traps but there is not universal program that applies to every application. Steam pressure, age of pipe, amount of impurities in steam, annual steam load variation, and maintenance structure all play a part in determing what the best program is for steam traps. This TechData Sheet will familiarize the reader with the characteristics of each trap type, provide information on the art of sizing and maintaining traps, and give estimates for losses from failed traps.
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