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# Steam Heating Systems - Classifications

## Steam systems carries heat through pipes from the boiler to consumers as heat exchangers, process equipment etc.

Steam is commonly used to distribute heat from a boiler to consumers like heat exchangers, process equipment etc. Steam is also used for heating buildings.

Steam systems can be classified by pressure, method for returning condensate and/or pipe lay out.

### Classification of Steam Systems by Pressure

Its common to classify steam systems as

• High pressure above 20 kN/m2 (3 lb/in2)
• Low pressure up to 20 kN/m2 (3 lb/in2)
• Vacuum

### Classification of Steam Systems by Method of Condensate Return

Steam systems can be classified as

• Gravity
• Mechanical

### Classification of Steam Systems by Pipe Lay Out

Steam systems can be classified by pipe scheme:

• One pipe or two pipe
• Up-feed or down-feed

## Related Topics

• ### Insulation and Heat Loss from Steam and Condesate Pipe Lines

Heat loss from uninsulated and insulated steam and condensate pipes and tanks. Calculate insulation thicknesses.
• ### Sizing of Steam and Condensate Pipes

Dimensions of steam and condensate pipe lines. Calculate pressure losses, recommended velocities, capacities and more.
• ### Steam and Condensate

Design of steam & condensate systems with properties, capacities, sizing of pipe lines, system configuration and more.

## Related Documents

• ### Heating Systems - Steam and Condensate Loads

Calculating steam and condensate loads in steam heated systems.
• ### Properties of Saturated Steam - SI Units

Saturated Steam Table with steam properties as specific volume, density, specific enthalpy and specific entropy.
• ### Saturated Steam - Properties - Imperial Units

Steam table with sensible, latent and total heat, and specific volume at different gauge pressures and temperatures.
• ### Saturated Steam - Properties for Pressure in Bar

Saturated Steam Table with properties like boiling point, specific volume, density, specific enthalpy, specific heat and latent heat of vaporization.
• ### Steam & Condensate Equations

Steam consumption and condensate generation when heating liquid or gas flows
• ### Steam Heating Air

Calculate steam heated air systems.
• ### Steam Heating Processes - Load Calculating

Calculating the amount of steam in non-flow batch and continuous flow heating processes.
• ### Steam Heating Systems - Design

An introduction to the basic design of steam heating systems.

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