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LaPlante talks steam system pipe sizing in ASHRAE

Jun 12, 2023

Steam System Piping Sizing for Industrial Facilities

Steam distribution piping transports thermal energy throughout industrial facilities in service of process, sterilization and environmental control needs. Proper sizing of this piping is essential to the overall operation, safety and reliability of steam systems. At worst, improperly sized piping can fail catastrophically, causing harm to people and damaging property. In less extreme scenarios, piping may be noisy, fail prematurely or not function as intended.

In this article, LaPlante reviews guidelines for steam distribution system pipe sizing, general installation practices and common piping system pitfalls. Industrial facilities—manufacturing plants, processing plants and laboratories in particular—are the primary focus, although the guidelines are mostly suitable for other steam applications, such as commercial and institutional facilities.

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