Although steam systems have been around for hundreds of years, understanding how to size and select steam and hydronic products for hot water and condensate systems remains a complex skill. The Carotek Steam and Hydronic Selection Guide makes it easier to understand the steam and hot water system sizing and selection process.
The appeal of steam for industrial and commercial/institutional processes is that it can transfer large amounts of energy in an easily controlled manner. Steam systems have many applications, including heating, cooling, mechanical uses (like steam turbine pumps and compressors), and thermal (like melting out wax in investment castings for parts manufacturing). Steam system sizing and selection depends on the application as well operating requirements, facility structure and venting, fuel storage, and utilities.