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Steam Tip 17: Install Removable Insulation on Valves and Fittings


Steam Tip 17: Install Removable Insulation on Valves and Fittings

During maintenance, the insulation that covers pipes, valves, and fittings is often damaged or removed and not replaced. Pipes, valves, and fittings that are not insulated can be safety hazards and sources of heat loss. Removable and reusable insulating pads are available to cover almost any surface. The pads are made of a noncombustible inside cover, insulation material, and a noncombustible outside cover that resists tears and abrasion. Material used in the pads resists oil and water and has been designed for temperatures up to 1,600°F. Wire laced through grommets or straps with buckles hold the pads in place. 

Applications 

Reusable insulating pads are commonly used in industrial facilities for insulating flanges, valves, expansion joints, heat exchangers, pumps, turbines, tanks, and other irregular surfaces. The pads are flexible and vibration-resistant and can be used with equipment that is horizontally or vertically mounted or that is difficult to access. Any high-temperature piping or equipment should be insulated to reduce heat loss, reduce emissions, and improve safety. As a general rule, any surface that reaches temperatures greater than 120°F should be insulated to protect personnel. Insulating pads can be easily removed for periodic inspection or maintenance, and replaced as needed. Insulating pads can also contain built-in acoustical barriers to help control noise. 

Energy Savings 

The table below summarizes energy savings due to the use of insulating valve covers for a range of valve sizes and operating temperatures. These values were calculated using a computer program that meets the requirements of ASTM C 680—Heat Loss and Surface Temperature Calculations. Energy savings is defined as the difference in heat loss between the uninsulated valve and the insulated valve operating at the same temperature. 

Example 

Interpolating from the table above, calculate the annual fuel and dollar savings from installing a 1-inch thick insulating pad on an uninsulated 6-inch gate valve in a 250-pound-per-square-inch-gauge (psig) saturated steam line (406°F). Assume continuous operation with natural gas at a boiler efficiency of 80% and a fuel price of $8.00 per million Btu ($8.00/MMBtu). 

Results:

  • Annual Fuel Savings  
    • = 5,992 Btu/hr x 8,760 hr/yr/ (0.80 x 10Btu/MMBtu) 
    • = 65.6 MMBtu
  • Annual Dollar Savings 
    • = 65.6 MMBtu/yr x $8.00/MMBtu
    • = $525 per 6-inch gate valve

Availability 

Insulation supply companies are located regionally; this expedites delivery and helps meet site-specific job requirements. Most supply companies can take measurements on-site to ensure the best fit on irregular surfaces. For customized applications, manufacturers can provide instructions regarding the installation and removal of insulating pads. 

Noise Control Benefits 

Specify insulating pads that contain built-in barriers for noise control. 

Insulation for Steam Traps 

Effectively insulate inverted bucket traps with removable and reusable snap-on insulation. Thermostatic traps and disk traps should be insulated according to manufacturers’ specifications to ensure proper operation. 

Before removal of all or any existing insulation material, check for asbestos in accordance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations.

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This tip is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and originally published by the Industrial Energy Extension Service of Georgia Tech. For suggested actions and resources, click to download the complete US Department of Energy Tip Sheet. 

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