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Steam Traps - Safety Factor

Selection of steam traps and their safety factors

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A steam trap must be properly sized to handle the full load of condensate during startup.

Steam Trap TypeSafety Factor
Balanced Thermostatic Steam Trap 3
Bimetallic Steam Trap 2.5
Float Steam Trap 2
Inverted Bucket Steam Trap 2.5
Liquid Expansion Steam Trap 3
Thermodynamic Steam Trap 1.5

The estimated condensate load should always be multiplied by the recommended safety factor for trap selection.

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