Thermodynamic Steam Traps

Thermodynamic Steam Traps

Thermodynamic steam traps are simple, robust and reliable and can operate up to very high temperatures and pressures.

The trap operates by means of the dynamic effect of flash steam as it passes through the trap. The only moving part is the disc above the flat face inside the control chamber or cap.

On start-up, incoming pressure raises the disc, and cool condensate plus air is immediately discharged from the inner ring, under the disc, and out through three peripheral outlets. Hot condensate flowing through the inlet passage into the chamber under the disc drops in pressure and releases flash steam moving at high velocity. This high velocity creates a low pressure area under the disc, drawing it towards its seat.

At the same time, the flash steam pressure builds up inside the chamber above the disc, forcing it down against the incoming condensate until it seats on the inner and outer rings. At this point, the flash steam is trapped in the upper chamber, and the pressure above the disc equals the pressure being applied to the underside of the disc from the inner ring. However, the top of the disc is subject to a greater force than the underside, as it has a greater surface area. Eventually the trapped pressure in the upper chamber falls as the flash steam condenses. The disc is raised by the now higher condensate pressure and the cycle repeats.

  • Thermodynamic steam traps combine reliability, simplicity and efficiency of operation.
  • With just one moving part - a hardened stainless steel disc - they give a blast discharge with clean, tight shut-off.
  • Able to withstand superheat, waterhammer, corrosive condensate, freezing and vibration.
  • The TD trap is the first choice for removal of condensate from steam distribution systems.
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