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A university once had a significant problem with electricity depletion. A valve in the mechanical room was one instance of this. While strong insulation was dug out to form the outline of the valve, the valve bonnet was still uncovered, resulting in considerable heat loss. The valve bonnet temperature was 224 degrees. The surface temperature was lowered to 105 degrees after adding a removable insulation mask. The reversible insulation stopped 500 BTUs per hour from being lost to the valve bonnet, resulting in savings of around $450 per year. And that’s a single valve!Do you want to learn more? Visit justbeingmommie.com/why-plastic-pipework-for-your-home
Choosing the correct insulation form
When it comes to industrial pipe insulation, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. For mechanical parts that don’t need daily testing or repair, such as smaller diameter pipes and fittings, hard or traditional insulation works well. Removable insulation, on the other hand, is suitable for valves, steam traps and large-diameter steam pipes, which also require insulation removal for routine maintenance.
When to Use Difficult Insulation
Hard insulation is widely used to insulate most mechanical parts such as tubing, fittings, and valves, made of materials such as fiberglass, calcium silicate or mineral wool. But it isn’t necessarily the right method for the task, as we saw in the previous case. Conventional pipe insulation, normally consisting of a paper or foil lining, may come with or without an exterior coating. These materials are covered with either a metal or PVC jacket in some situations. For the following parts, hard insulation is appropriate:
Pipes and fittings with small diameters
Mechanical sections that do not need periodic inspection or repair