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Guide to Steam Systems Part 1 Steam Generation

Steam is generated as a means of converting the energy in fossil fuels into usable heat energy for process or heating requirements. The correct generation, distribution and use of process steam and the recovery of condensate are fundamental to most manufacturing processes. Maximum production and hence profitability can only be achieved if they are given the attention they deserve.

Guide to Steam Systems Part 2 Steam Distribution

The steam distribution system is the important link between the steam source and the steam user.

An efficient steam distribution system must be capable of supplying good quality steam at the required rate and at the right pressure to suit the process requirements. It must do this with the minimum of heat loss and with minimum attention.

Guide to Steam Systems Part 3: Condensate and Feedwater Storage

Condensate, which is formed when steam gives up its heat content (enthalpy of evaporation) must be removed from the steam distribution network and process plant & equipment as quickly as possible since it is a barrier to heat transfer and creates water hammer. Failure to ensure that condensate is adequately drained from the steam mains will result in leaking joints and water hammer which can lead to catastrophic failure of the steam pipework. Inadequate drainage from process plant will reduce plant operational efficiency affecting production rates and profitability.

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