Steam Distribution – Selecting the RIGHT distributor
O’Dell has been representing Nortec humidifiers for over 20 years! There have been great advancements in not only steam generation technology, but, the science of steam distribution. With all the advancements in steam distribution, reducing absorption distances from feet to inches, the careful selection of distribution technology has been abandoned. Selecting a short absorptoin manifold has become the standard, instead of the exception. This often results in a system that underperforms and operates inefficiently.
I want to look at the process of selecting a steam distribution technology and the factors that should influence this decision. First, what factors should be considered when selecting a distribution technology?
- Humidification load (lbs/hr)
- Mixed air conditions at steam distributor (DB/WB)
- Airflow (CFM)
- Distance from distributor to an obstruction (coil, bend, elbow, etc.)