Desuperheaters are most used for controlling the pressure and temperature of steam. The use of steam, vapor cooling, and gases all depend on applications and the needs of the plants. The reason that so many industrial plants use desuperheaters is that they can reduce costs up to 90% in production. In this guide, we will look at the benefits that desuperheaters provide to industries and applications.
The Ins and Outs of a Desuperheater
The principal function of the desuperheater is to lower the temperature of superheated steam using a cooling water source. The superheated steam or gas is directly in contact with the cooling fluid. Thus begins the process of evaporation and absorption into the steam line.
Industries That Benefit from Desuperheaters
- Oil and Gas
- Power Generation
- Pulp and Paper
The Basic Benefits of Using Desuperheaters
Desuperheaters offer many benefits to plants, however, one of the biggest is that it can reduce the cost of production by up to 90%.
In the application process that condensers are more efficient when working with saturated steam. By using them it eliminates the need for additional tubes for cooling superheated steam and prevents thermal expansion when the dry or hot steam enters the condenser.
Specific Industry Benefits of Implementing the Use of a Desuperheater
The Desuperheaters offer many benefits in applications, here are a few specific examples of how a Desuperheater makes sense for a plant.
Desuperheaters specifically help with power generation as they stabilize and saturate temperatures. No matter the type of power generation, the purpose is to cool down the temperature of the steam.
Cool steam requires thinner pipe schedules versus superheated steam. Thinner pipes reduce cost and lowers the lead time for valves, piping and controls which makes Desuperheaters a more efficient equipment choice.
Different Types of Desuperheaters
Besides steam cooling, the desuperheater can be applied to gas. Gas Desuperheaters are used to reduce the temperatures of gas, or they can be used to inject different types of gas to create different kinds of vapors. It can cool gases like air, methane, natural gas, and toluene. LNG Desuperheaters reduce and control the BOG (boil off-gas) temperature by direct injection of LNG.
How Komax’s Desuperheater Design Is Unique
Komax understands the need of Desuperheaters within industries, however, they decided that they could improve upon traditional designs. What makes the design unique is that it uses both a low-pressure spray nozzle directed upstream of the steam flow and a patented mixing module. They designed the Equalizer mixing module for gas and liquid mixing, which sheers the water droplets or cools the fluid to very fine sizes. Because the droplets are so fine, it makes for quick and efficient absorption of water into the superheated steam line, cutting down on production time.
Komax is the leader in desuperheater technology and can customize one to fit your needs or requirements. From desuperheaters to static mixers, they explicitly understand industrial and manufacturing industries. Contact them today if you are looking to increase productivity while maintaining the quality of product.