Steam Basics Part 17: Condensate Pump Discharge Balance Valves

Steam Basics Part 17: Condensate Pump Discharge Balance Valves

Last week we talked about the critical relationship between the steam condensate return temperature and proper pump NPSHR. This week we'll look at the role the discharge balance plays in assuring....

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Steam Basics Part 16: Return Temperature & Condensate Pumps

Steam Basics Part 16: Return Temperature & Condensate Pumps

One challenge to selecting a steam condensate return unit is the return temperature of the condensate after leaving the steam heat exchanger. This week we'll offer some suggestions to assist the engineer or designer...

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Steam Basics Part 15: Condensate Return Pump and Receiver Sizing

Steam Basics Part 15: Condensate Return Pump and Receiver Sizing

Hopefully, the message from our last blog on Steam Basics was clear: Don’t lift the condensate out of a steam heat exchanger or coil with a modulating control valve. So what do we do if a gravity return main is not located below the steam trap? We use a ..

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Steam Basics Part 14: Why Steam Traps Can't Lift Condensate

Steam Basics Part 14: Why Steam Traps Can't Lift Condensate

Don’t lift the condensate out of a steam heat exchanger or coil with a modulating control valve! Over the last several weeks we have made this declaration several times. Once again, a voice in the wilderness has cried out....

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Steam Basics Part 13: Control Schemes for Steam Condensate Lift

Steam Basics Part 13: Control Schemes for Steam Condensate Lift

Over the last few weeks we've examined the trap sizing out of a heat exchanger or coil with a modulating control valve. This week we turn our attention to the heat exchanger, or coil piping, after the steam trap. Often, the gravity condensate return main is installed overhead and there is a temptation to...

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