Testing Steam Traps by the Temperature Method
The relationship between steam pressure and temperature makes temperature measurement extremely helpful in understanding many different operating conditions of steam components that are found in the steam and condensate system.
Infrared temperature measuring is a very quick and versatile tool for steam systems. Like all testing equipment, infrared requires training to ensure success. All diagnostic tools have positive features and negative attributes. It is important to understand the negative attributes to ensure an accurate temperature measurement.
Temperature measurement devices must be an integral part of a steam trap station testing program. These devices are by no means the only piece of diagnostic equipment that should be used, but they can help provide valuable information that would otherwise not be available.