Kelly Paffel, Swagelok Company
Follow these steps to use ultrasound testing for steam traps with inverted bucket operation, float and thermostatic operation, thermodynamic operation, and thermostatic operation.
This article offers an introduction to the primary testing technologies--visual, temperature-based, and ultrasonic--and best practices on how and when to use them.
Steam turbine operation and performance require the correct steam pressure at the turbine inlet and high steam quality (steam without condensate entrapment) to ensure high turbine reliability.
A steam trap has two major functions, to remove condensate as quickly as it forms, and to prevent steam discharge. There are certain installation faults, which negatively affect the ability for traps to perform these functions efficiently.
What is steam quality? Why is steam quality important? What are the effects of steam quality? How is steam quality measured?
The best method for improving steam system energy efficiency, reducing chemical costs, and reducing make-up water costs is to return the maximum quantity of condensate to the boiler plant.
Manage the many factors that contribute to steam system efficiency
Steam and condensate leaks cost industrial plants millions of dollars in lost energy, while increasing emissions, creating safety hazards, and lowering the reliability of plant operations.