The effectiveness of plumbing systems in any building relies on the overlap of design expertise from mechanical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering. Building codes often require that domestic/potable water, fire suppression sprinklers, and grease waste systems must function reliably - in all circumstances - in order to be utilized.
As humans, we all know how to prevent our body from overheating or undercooling due to variable weather conditions. When it’s winter and the temperature drops, we know to put on more layers and protective clothing to keep us warm. In autumn or spring, we put on lighter jackets to stay comfortable. In the summer, it’s warm enough outside that we don’t need any extra layers.
As most can imagine, the winter brings a dangerous risk to operations and processes for industrial equipment. Sure, the snow, ice and freezing temperatures are large contributors to this problem but what other elements beyond the basic winter conditions influence heat loss?
Installing anything into irregularly shaped devices is often more than a one-size-fits-all installation. There typically are many factors to consider when doing the installation. This is no different with heat tracing cables. Depending on what type of pipe or other device you are trying to conform to optimal cable usage, a specific layout is typically required to ensure the heat tracing technology works properly. Below are five examples of irregular pipe shapes and how to install self-regulating or power limiting heat tracing cables into each.
The freezing winter weather takes a toll on buildings and the infrastructure within them. Prolonged periods of freezing temperatures cause particular problems to exposed pipework around all types of buildings.