Springfield prides ourselves in having a long lasting and reliable system in our product line to preserve the mechanical integrity of your mechanical systems. We call it the Springfield SmartShield™. The article we found in the Condensor (A publication of IIAR) gave a simple explanation of why condensation happens. It read: "Water vapor in the air will condense on a surface that is below the dewpoint temperature of the surrounding air." However, they did mention that as simple as this may be, it becomes very complicated when talking about condensation on mechanical insulation systems. This is because there are so many factors that influence either the dewpoint or surface temperature of the insulation system.
Unfortunately, when having condensation issues, it can lead to vital problems that could lead to replacement of your mechanical systems. Safety hazards could evolve as the water drips onto the floor below, damage to your inventory below the pipe, damage to the insulation systems material, pipe or jacket corrosion, these are just to name a few of the problems you would have to deal with. This pertains not only to pipes, but tanks, vessels, ducts and any other mechanical equipment operating at below ambient temperatures.
There are many factors you have to take into consideration when planning your design to control the surface condensation. The Condenser article we referenced covers the most common factors but each system with it's environment may bring more variables in the picture. It is important to work with professionals that have experience with mechanical insulation systems to protect your investment. Click here for more information on our patented SmartShield™ system or call us at 231.263.5300.
Condenser | November 2012 | A Publication of the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration –
Understanding the Causes of Surface Condensation on Insulated Piping by Jim Young, ITW Insulations Systems