Steam Traps

PCI has an extensive range of Steam Traps (includig the full range of TLV steam traps) based in Geelong. These include Thermodynamic Traps (TD traps), Inverted Bucket Traps and Float Traps. These steam traps are available in a range of materials including stainless steel and ductile iron. To round this out we have Steam Separators and Pump Traps for a complete steam system. We also put together condensate recovery skids to suit your specification.

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  • How Do Steam Traps Work?

    Steam traps are essential components in steam systems, designed to remove condensate (water formed when steam cools) while preventing steam loss. They operate on the principle of density difference between steam and water. When steam enters the trap, it quickly vaporises and passes through, while condensate, being denser, accumulates and is discharged. 
    Properly functioning steam traps enhance system efficiency, prevent water hammering, conserve energy, and prolong equipment life by maintaining optimal operating conditions within the steam system.
  • The Role of Ball Float Steam Traps

    Ball float steam traps are mechanical devices used in steam systems to remove condensate and air, ensuring efficient operation. When condensate fills the trap, the floating ball rises, opening the valve and allowing condensate to drain. As steam enters, the ball sinks and closes the valve to prevent steam loss. These traps are highly efficient, cost-effective, and widely used for their reliability in maintaining optimal steam system performance.
  • How does a thermodynamic steam trap work 

    Thermodynamic steam traps operate based on fluid dynamics. When steam flows into the trap, it expands and creates high velocity, causing a drop in pressure. This drop in pressure forces the trap's disc to lift, allowing steam to pass through. When condensate enters, the pressure changes, forcing the disc to close, and preventing steam from escaping. 
    This cyclic operation ensures efficient removal of condensate and prevents steam loss, making thermodynamic traps suitable for high-pressure applications in steam systems.
  • How to Choose the Right Steam Trap

    Selecting the appropriate steam trap involves considering factors like pressure, temperature, and condensate load. 
    For high-pressure systems, robust options like thermodynamic or inverted bucket traps are suitable. 
    In low-pressure systems, float and thermostatic traps are effective. Evaluate the condensate load and size the trap accordingly. 
    Maintenance requirements and energy efficiency are crucial; well-maintained mechanical traps and advanced thermostatic traps often offer reliability and energy savings. Consulting with a PCI Pro steam system expert can provide tailored recommendations.