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October 5, 2017

No. 25 – Condensate Removal from Steam Lines

1. Condensate Removal From Steam Lines

All steam distribution lines need to have adequate condensate removal from the steam line on a continuous basis.  No matter how well the steam line is insulated; the heat (latent) energy will be transferred from steam into the atmosphere through the insulation.  When latent energy is released or phase change; then condensate will form in the steam line. The condensate will form on the interior wall of the steam line and by gravity drain to the bottom area of the steam line.  The velocity of the steam in the steam line will make the condensate flow in the direction of the steam flow.

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