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AKOTRACE: Optimal installation of the electrical heat tracing system

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We start a series of posts talking about the electrical heat tracing elements installed in the field since the way the tracing system is installed in any given surface affects the uniformity of the ...

We start a series of posts talking about the electrical heat tracing elements installed in the field since the way the tracing system is installed in any given surface affects the uniformity of the reached temperature.

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    • AKOTRACE ®Optimal installation of the Electrical Heat Tracing System More on: www.akotrace.com www.akotrace.com/blog/
    • www.akotrace.com AKOTRACE ® Optimal installation of the Electrical Heat Tracing SystemWe start a series of posts talking about the electrical heat tracing elements installed in the field since the way the tracing system isinstalled in any given surface affects the uniformity of the reached temperature.AKO’s experience in this matter, installing our AKOTRACE® solution, the most trusted and used electrical heat tracing systemworldwide, gives us a unique vision on how to handle this critical element in any CSP plant. First of all, before starting anyinstallation it is important to double check all materials and plan in advance their distribution following design requirements.Heating cableThe kind of heating cable to be installed should, besides bringing in thenecessary power to compensate thermal loss, endure the maximum processtemperature of the plant.It has to be distributed uniformly, reinforcing its presence in areas with higherprobabilities of thermal loss.If the cable applies more power than it should, the temperature readings will behigher, on the other hand, if it applies less power it can create cold spots, causingproblems to the plant´s overallSpecial care should be taken when installing the heating cable in critical pointslike pipe junctions, to avoid circuit interference.operation.There are some specific criteria to be taken into account when installing redundant heaters, like the distance between themselvesor between the cables and the probes, but in any case, both should behave the same way.The heating cables with mineral insulation should be handled with extra caution due to its stiffness, making its handling moredifficult.
    • www.akotrace.com AKOTRACE ® Optimal installation of the Electrical Heat Tracing SystemAnother important characteristic of the heating cable is that changes temperatures, expanding and contracting constantly, thusobliging the installation of an anchoring system capable of enduring such fluctuations.Finally, the tracing system should not represent an obstacle when replacing, when necessary, elements like valves, probes, etc.Temperature probesThe heating elements and the thermal bridges influence the temperature readings measured by the probesA probe that is too close to the heating element causes a lower temperature reading. On the other hand, if the probe is installedclose to a thermal bridge, the temperature reading will be above the required one.If the installation requires probe redundancy, they should be installed depending on the configuration defined by control.In following posts we´ll talk about wiring junction boxes, brackets and how to audit the installation to ensure optimumplant´s performance.
    • MANY THANKS More on: www.akotrace.comwww.akotrace.com/blog/