Steam tracing is heat tracing performed by circulating steamaround process pipes to heat them. Steam tracing is normally installed on: Stagnant piping sections such as branch connections from parallel heat exchangers or pumps, bypasses around equipment.
What is Steam Tracing at Born Industrial LLC is the application of steam heat to piping and vessels for the purpose of maintaining desired process temperatures, freeze protection, viscosity control or to obtain a temperature control point within a fluid for its chemical interaction in a process.
Steam tracing is usually accomplished by running steam lines in direct contact with the piping or vessels to be heated. The entire assembly is then insulated to direct the heat into the process fluid. Many technical articles have been written concerning steam tracing along with their associated heat loss equations and graphs. Younger engineers, maintenance personnel, pipe fitters and others who steam trace do not always use effective methods for winterization and process temperature maintenance