Eliminating condensation

Condensation on pipework should always be prevented wherever possible.

Moisture formation can damage the structural fabric of a building, promote mould growth and either cause or greatly accelerate pipe corrosion. In extreme circumstances corrosion attributed to condensation can even shorten the lifespan of a mechanical system.

Insulation is used to ensure that the surface temperature remains above the critical dew-point temperature so that condensation cannot form. “The properties of the insulation play an important role in preventing condensation and closed-cell materials have a clear advantage,” explains Ralf Springub from the European FEF/PEF Interest Group CEFEP (Celle, Germany).

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