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Piping Pix for High School Class

and then Library, then go to the Steam Piping section, you'll see some very nice steam boiler installations with drop headers. Full disclosure: a couple of them are ones I've worked on.

The drop header keeps water from getting into the system, and allows for more expansion and contraction of boiler sections. This results in "dry" steam being fed to the system, which is steam at its most potent.


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  • Ian Kleman
    Ian Kleman Member Posts: 1
    Piping system pix


    I'm a high school physics teacher and we're approaching the time of year when we talk about thermodynamics. Instead of the usual theory type approach, i'd really like to tie the concepts of conduction, radiation and convection to hot water/steam heat systems. i've got a number of resources already, but would like to show students pictures of installs. In particular, i'm looking for different distribution systems (p/s, parallel, series, etc.), continuous circulation, DHW loops and anything you do that is "signature" for your installs. I'm hoping i can follow up with ideas about heat loss through headers, conduction through returns without proper thermal traps or check valves, the need to size the system based on the load of the building and whatever else comes out of student questions.

    A brief explanation will help me to see what needs to be seen in your piping, but, in the interest of your time, the pictures are all that's necessary. I will cite each picture with your name/company.

    you can reply here or offline directly to [email protected]


    Ian Kleman
    Washington HS
    Cedar Rapids, IA
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