August 2007

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HP Reliability: Cost justification for advanced steam traps

      Steam traps are found in virtually every industrial steam system. They allow separating steam from condensate and are indispensable for equipment reliability and thermally optimiz..

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

      Steam traps are found in virtually every industrial steam system. They allow separating steam from condensate and are indispensable for equipment reliability and thermally optimized systems' efficiency. It is generally known that traps can fail either "hot" (leaking, blowing), or "cold" (blocked, subcooled). Hot failures represent considerable energy loss value, but cold failures have a direct impact on the reliability of the downstream equipment (e.g., turbines, nozzles) and personnel safety. Identifying both types of failures is important to reliability-focused users. Temperature is the first measurement made by state-of-the-art electronic data collectors (see

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