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How do you manage condensate with steam traps?

How do you manage condensate with steam traps?

When steam flows through pipes, as it cools down condensate forms. 

Condensate prevents the optimum transfer of heat and can also lead to pipe erosion and waterhammer. To enable your steam systems to work efficiently, you should install steam traps to discharge condensate that builds up.

The performance of effective condensate removal using steam traps has an influence on:

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System reliability

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System performance

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Availability of steam

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Operational efficiency

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Cost management

Flexible steam traps for different requirements

For steam system operators, the cost of energy production is a key driver. Durable steam traps that work without loss of steam will help to keep these costs as low as possible. 

GESTRA's steam traps are energy efficient and reliable. They satisfy the most demanding quality requirements, and they minimise maintenance time and are easy to use.

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How to select your steam trap?

When selecting your steam trap, there are some key factors you need to consider to find the right one to achieve results:

Requirements specific to your application

  • Saturated steam pipe
  • Superheated steam pipe
  • Steam-regulated heat exchanger
  • Unregulated heat exchanger or heating coil
  • Steam tracing where undercooling is required
  • Turbine drainage

System and equipment requirements

  • Pressure rating
  • Type of end connection
  • Material of construction

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Operating parameters

  • Pressure upstream from steam trap
  • Temperature upstream from steam trap
  • Pressure downstream from steam trap
  • Condensate flowrate
  • Start-up and shut-down cycles
  • Load changes

Additional options required

  • Monitoring
  • Dirt strainer
  • Drain valve and manual air vent
  • Manual vent valve
  • Bypass