A steam trap is a crucial device used in steam systems, primarily in heating and ventilation systems. Its main purpose is to reduce condensation and gases while retaining as much steam as possible. Many steam traps function as automatic valves, opening, closing, or modulating automatically, while others manage turbulent two-phase flows that obstruct steam flow. In various industries, steam is a common energy source for heating and mechanical power. Steam traps play a vital role in ensuring that steam is not wasted, especially in applications involving the measurement of heat of vaporization using a steam calorimeter.
The model below consists of a borosilicate glass chamber with a curved inner tube designed to prevent condensed steam from escaping. It also features a drainage tube.
Uses for Steam Traps:
Air Ventilation: Steam traps improve heater efficiency and reduce warm-up time by purging air from the ventilation system, allowing condensed steam to flow smoothly.
Condensation Removal: Steam traps efficiently remove condensate from the system while retaining steam, optimizing heat exchange.
Plant Performance: The right steam trap ensures that the steam space remains filled with clean, dry steam, preventing water-logging, inefficiency, and corrosion in the steam system.