When it comes to industrial heating, one of the prominent and most efficient options that are often overlooked is direct steam heating. This method can satisfy a wide range of needs, from being a supplemental heat source to being the sole option for heating an entire plant.
Direct steam heating involves the injection of water vapor directly into the target fluids. As the steam comes in direct contact with the target fluid, it substantially increases the temperature. Direct steam heating replaces the need for boilers, reducing the overall installation cost by 50%. Industrial heating accounts for more than 15% of total energy use in the US. This number is only expected to rise with increasing temperatures and economic growth.
The process is simple yet intuitive. It involves a significant drop in steam pressure in the target fluid pressure, leading up to high-velocity choked steam flow and rapid mixing of the two streams. This creates tiny steam bubbles in the mixture, ensuring efficient heat transfer. The intelligent module attached to the heat exchanger regulates the amount of steam injected into the system. Hence a managed, yet uniform steam velocity ensures stable and consistent operation throughout the heat exchanger.
The fully customizable Komax Direct Injection Steam Heaters have a size range of 2inches to 24 inches. As soon as the specialized equipment injects saturated steam into the target fluid, the desired temperature is immediately achieved. Moreover, this efficiency is enhanced by the short time and distance of heat exchange. High turbulence (thereby a high level of mixing) is reached through the patented six mixing chamber design. The unique patented internal module can calibrate steam flow rates, temperature management, and rapid mixing. Komax’s direct injection steam heaters find popular application with industries like chemicals, power generation, biofuels, food and beverages, plastics, etc.
In conclusion, Direct Steam Heating is an environmentally friendly heating option that provides energy savings for industrial operations. When considering Direct Steam Heating, Komax is the first name that comes to mind as a specialist in this field. The best aspect is zero vibration, water hammering, or excessive noise outputs.