One of the harshest characteristics of winter is the cold weather. With ambient temperatures falling past the freezing point, strict temperature maintenance and control of fluid systems is a challenge that must be addressed in order for operations to continue without interruption.
For decades, many international and country sponsored agencies as well as many multinational oil companies have developed a raft of requirements, guidelines and recommendations regarding marine vessels, oil equipment and personnel safety that operate in cold and/or polar ice-covered waters.
Recent occurrences of harsh snowstorms and extreme temperatures are taking their toll on North America with more projected to come. Whether its icicles falling and harming those below, burst water pipes, or general building damage, people are experiencing the effects of bitter cold, snow and ice in daily life.
Electric Heat Tracing is used across many applications and industries to maintain fluids, processes and more at set temperatures. Most common Heat Tracing applications are freeze protection of water lines, process temperature maintenance in oil and gas and petro-chemical plants, or safety comfort heating in the commercial sector. However, Electric Heat Tracing technologies are also used in many environments that may not jump to the front of your mind. Here are a few examples of unexpected applications.
Topics: Winter Performance, Industrial Applications, Commercial Applications, Electric Heat Tracing, Process Temperature Maintenance, Surface Snow Melting, Marine Environment, Winterization, Offshore Environment
It is becoming increasingly important for architects to focus on the conservation and renovation of older buildings, opposed to designing and creating new ones. Preserving historic architecture and the beauty that comes with it is a top priority for many projects and both architects and engineers want to be able to complete any renovations while keeping the original aesthetics in place.
As winter arrives in full force, so too do the Holidays. With everyone gearing up to get ready for time with family and friends this holiday season, many routine tasks can get lost in the holiday shuffle. While some priorities may shift during the Holidays, one that can’t be forgotten is protecting your home against winter’s elements.
As most can imagine, the winter brings a dangerous risk to operations and processes for industrial equipment. Sure, the snow, ice and freezing temperatures are large contributors to this problem but what other elements beyond the basic winter conditions influence heat loss?
Protecting systems, equipment and processes is paramount for any industrial operation regardless of the time of year. This is especially true during winter. Without proper protection, operations risk the result of frozen, blocked or broken equipment due to winter’s extreme conditions.
Raychem’s self-regulating heating systems are providing a unique long-term, energy-efficient solution for frost protection at a major European landmark.
The weir at the Kachlet hydroelectric power station sits on the river Danube in Bavaria, Germany. Constructed in the 1920s, the weir provides flood protection by holding back the river water that flows to the power station while also providing the ability to release excess water in cases of turbine water or heavy floods.
Installing anything into irregularly shaped devices is often more than a one-size-fits-all installation. There typically are many factors to consider when doing the installation. This is no different with heat tracing cables. Depending on what type of pipe or other device you are trying to conform to optimal cable usage, a specific layout is typically required to ensure the heat tracing technology works properly. Below are five examples of irregular pipe shapes and how to install self-regulating or power limiting heat tracing cables into each.