Steam Loss Calculation Tool
You can calculate the amount and cost of the vapor leaking from a steam trap using the vapor loss calculation tool below.
The percentage of the total vapor leaking from a system as the percentage is as follows.
- If no maintenance is done 50 %,
- If maintenance is done every year 25 %,
- If maintenance is done every 3 months 9 % – 12 %,
- If maintenance is done every month 3 %
What is a Steam Trap?
Steam traps are devices used to remove condensing and non -condensing gases from the system while preventing the escape of live vapor in steam systems. The primary function of a steam trap is to prevent the vapor from escaping while evacuating the condensation in the vapor system.
How Does Trap Work?
There are several types of steam trap, but the most common is mechanical steam trap. It works according to the principle of mechanical steam trap lifting force. The mechanical steam trap contains a valve that is opened and closed depending on the density of the fluid in the trap. When the steam trap is filled with condensate, the valve is opened and the condenser will flow out. When the steam enters the trap, the valve closes and prevents the vapor from escaping.
Another type of steam trap is the thermostatic steam trap that uses the principle of thermal expansion to open and close the trap valve. Thermostatic steam traps are designed to respond to temperature changes in the trap. When the condensation is available, the temperature in the trap decreases and causes the valve to open and discharge the condensation. When the steam enters the trap, the temperature rises and the valve closes and prevents the vapor from escaping.
Finally, thermodynamic steam trap operates according to the principle of temperature difference between steam and condensate. The steam trap consists of a disc that moves in response to the changes in the temperature of the fluid in the trap. When the steam enters the trap, the temperature of the liquid increases and allows the discharge of the disc, allowing the vapor to pass. When the condensation is present, the temperature of the liquid decreases and causes the disc closing and preventing the vapor from escaping.
In summary, steam traps are the main components of vapor systems that function to relieve condensation while preventing the escape of live vapor. The steam trap type used in a specific application depends on various factors such as the pressure and temperature of the vapor, the amount of condensation produced and the system type used.