Oil refineries, food processing plants for the heating of slurries, pulp and paper mills for the heating of paper pulp stock streams, and large industrial buildings for the general heating of water all need fluids to be precisely controlled and elevated temperatures. This is integral to the industrial processes in each of these plants. While they use sparger systems, there is a better liquid heating system, inline direct injection steam heaters.
An inline direct injection steam heater provides large or small volumes of hot water with very precise temperature settings. It is a better industrial liquid heating system; it is an in-line steam injection heating device that instantly heats liquids. With efficiency, it eliminates steam hammer and offers exceptional temperature control.
The Komax direct injection steam heater has no moving parts. The steam and cold water instantly mix together by the internal static mixer. The six radially chambered static mixing elements produce and mix very fine steam bubbles into the water stream. With no moving parts, it provides a very low noise as there is no vibration or water hammer.
One of the most significant advantages is the energy savings that can be realized with the inline direct injection steam heater. When heating liquids with spargers or heat exchangers, you may find that it is an inefficient process. Because not all the injected steam bubbles condense into the liquid being heated. Some of the hot steam bubbles remain uncondensed, riding to the top of the tank to escape to the atmosphere, wasting energy. The problem is most pronounced as the liquid’s temperature rises. When the liquid is hot, the rate at which steam condenses into the liquid decreases, and the steam bubbles do not have enough time to condense before they reach the surface.
The heater, in contrast, operates with efficiency, thoroughly mixing the steam and liquid under pressure to ensure that all the steam is condensed. They waste none of the energy consumed to generate the steam.
The inline direct injection steam heater is 20 to 25% more efficient than traditional heat exchangers. It delivers accurate temperature control throughout the entire operating range to assure product quality. Rapid and complete mixing of the steam and liquid within the heating chamber allows it to adapt quickly to load changes. In addition to maintaining precise temperature control.
The direct injection steam heaters are less costly than heat exchangers and are easier to install and operate. They also require less space. The heater fits easily into the existing pipeline, requiring only a steam supply.
Compared to tank sparging, the Komax inline direct steam injection heater provides superior mixing of steam and process fluids, minimizing steam usage and energy costs. An even bigger advantage is the reduction in time it takes to heat water from a cold start to the desired process temperature. This time savings can dramatically improve production capacity.
With improved energy efficiency, lack of noise, accurate temperature control, and extended operating range, it is the ideal replacement for tank spargers at industrial plants.