Problem case : The condensate return system is open to atmosphere.

Description:

Hot condensate will travel in the direction of high pressure to low pressure.
When the feed tank is vented to atmosphere* as the condensate enters the feed tank* it will flash to steam due to the sudden drop in pressure and the steam escapes through the vent to atmosphere.
The steam and associated energy is lost.
Proposed corrective actions:

Install properly designed steam traps to reduce the amount of steam lost through the open system.
Install pressurized condensate return system to reduce flash steam losses.
Insulate Condensate Storage Tanks.

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