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    Pipework insulation how important is it



    A client asked some time ago how important pipework insulation is in regards to lost plant efficiency, power savings etc.
    Has anyone any recommendations or papers to justify real world savings, heat loads.
    Mainly talking about 2 stage ammonia refrigeration systems, coolstores.

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    Re: Pipework insulation how important is it

    I don't know any paper but I read long time ago that we use 5-10% of refrigeration to keep plant cool. So any improvement of pipe insulation will save a few percent of energy but it will be costly energy savings. Actually you can determine cold storage real life energy use for keeping plant cool by compare surface of pipes+vessels insulation to insulation surface of cold rooms. This is based on assumption that heat transfer through pipe insulation and freezer insulation is the same.

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    Re: Pipework insulation how important is it

    Sgei,
    Client asks about power savings, all air coolers blocked with dust, pipe insulation if roof space on -33 deg C wet return block of ice dripping on ceiling, probably $1000000 roof can only tell him what I see.
    If you had a 100 metre pipe in 30 degC with 100mm thick ice on it, it has to be something, but what I don't know.
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    Re: Pipework insulation how important is it

    You can do a test. Switch off all evaporators, manually open 1 or 2 liquid solenoids to make liquid/vapor flow and run the smallest compressor to measure real load to keep plant cool.

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    Re: Pipework insulation how important is it

    Quote Originally Posted by Segei View Post
    You can do a test. Switch off all evaporators, manually open 1 or 2 liquid solenoids to make liquid/vapor flow and run the smallest compressor to measure real load to keep plant cool.
    Thanks for help & reply Segei

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    Re: Pipework insulation how important is it

    A document that may help...

    http://bit.ly/2rIDdPX

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    Re: Pipework insulation how important is it

    Quote Originally Posted by FaultCode View Post
    A document that may help...

    http://bit.ly/2rIDdPX
    Thanks, because it's a broad statement although useful, no one appears to have carried out a practical test that I can find.

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    Re: Pipework insulation how important is it

    Agreed, there seem to be lots of docs saying it saves 5 - 10% on energy but without any backup facts.

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    Re: Pipework insulation how important is it

    There have been several papers written on this by RETA. You may be able to find this info there.

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    Re: Pipework insulation how important is it

    Quote Originally Posted by RANGER1 View Post
    Thanks, because it's a broad statement although useful, no one appears to have carried out a practical test that I can find.
    How about this one?
    https://www.irc.wisc.edu/export.php?ID=234

    -Cheers-

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    Re: Pipework insulation how important is it

    Quote Originally Posted by RANGER1 View Post
    A client asked some time ago how important pipework insulation is in regards to lost plant efficiency, power savings etc.
    Has anyone any recommendations or papers to justify real world savings, heat loads.
    Mainly talking about 2 stage ammonia refrigeration systems, coolstores.

    Thanks
    Staying over on a ship and nothing to do but reading through old posts on RE

    I think the proper answer to that question would be:
    worst case, you are spending 5-10% of all the energy you are putting into the plant to cool down the air surrounding the pipes, instead of using that energy to cool down your product.
    Damaged insulation may also cause moisture to get to the pipes and cause accelerated corrosion which can lead to unwanted breakdowns and downtime.
    Ice is a very good insulator, but it is very bad for your pipes
    -Cheers-

    Tycho

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    Re: Pipework insulation how important is it

    Quote Originally Posted by Tycho View Post
    Staying over on a ship and nothing to do but reading through old posts on RE

    I think the proper answer to that question would be:
    worst case, you are spending 5-10% of all the energy you are putting into the plant to cool down the air surrounding the pipes, instead of using that energy to cool down your product.
    Damaged insulation may also cause moisture to get to the pipes and cause accelerated corrosion which can lead to unwanted breakdowns and downtime.
    Ice is a very good insulator, but it is very bad for your pipes
    Tycho,
    If it stays as ice it keeps it like a time capsule.
    When you have sweating, ice forming & retreating that's the worst area for rust.
    I think 5-10% a bit much on ammonia steel pipe, but obviously better if it has good insulation.

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    Re: Pipework insulation how important is it

    Quote Originally Posted by Tycho View Post

    Thanks Tycho will check it out.

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    Re: Pipework insulation how important is it

    About corrosion. Following factors influence corrosion. Oxygen, moisture and temperature. Found that steel warm refrigeration pipes will rust faster at presence of moisture. Recently 20 years cold storage had hot gas line rusted through. Insulation of hot gas line was not good but the most important that in one spot this pipe was located under suction line. Outside surface of suction line freeze at night and ice melt during the day. Water dripped on the hot gas line. After 20 years hot gas line rusted through. Low temperature pipes which are always frozen have little rust because temperature factor is very low.

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