Air Management and Pressurization Part 5: Is It A Compression Tank or an Expansion Tank?

By Chad Edmondson

 As we bring our first series about air management in a hydronic system to a close, we’re going to revisit tanks – not what they do (we’ve already covered that) but what we call them.  Specifically, we want to address whether or not there is a difference between what some industry professionals call an “expansion tank” and what others call a “compression tank.” 

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Air Management and Pressurization Part 4: Expansion Tank Sizing

By Chad Edmonson

Properly sized expansion tanks (standard or bladder/diaphragm) are critical to a successful air management in a hydronic system.

Every expansion tank manufacturer has a written form that provides the steps and calculations for sizing an expansion tank.  Most, if not all, have developed software that does the work for you.  Bell & Gossett has a great one, ESP-Plus which can be downloaded here.  But regardless of whether you use software or charts and longhand calculations to size an expansion tank, there are a few pieces of information you’re going to have to have either way.  These key values are:

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Air Management and Pressurization Part 2 – Air Control versus Air Elimination

By Chris Edmondson

 Air must be managed in every type of closed hydronic system, either by (1) routing it to a specific place in the system where it can’t create problems like pipe corrosion or air blocking of components, or (2) by continuously eliminating it

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Air Management and Pressurization Part 1 - The Rationale Behind Closed System Design

Closed loop systems create the need for accurate pressurization and air management in a hydronic heating and cooling system.  Unfortunately, proper air management often turns out to be an Achilles’ heel in a hydronic system’s design.  Design it wrong and a host of problems can erupt, from noisy operation to poor efficiency and shortened equipment life.  It begs the question -- why even design a system to be closed in the first place?  After all, condensate systems and cooling tower systems are

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