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Topic: Re: Heat transfer properties of oil and steam

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In general, the film coefficient for condensation of steam will be higher than that of a typical thermal oil circulating system. The heat transfer rate per unit area (flux), however, is the product of film coefficient and temperature difference. The heat flux of a hot-oil system can be made equivalent to that of a steam system if the oil temperature is increased. If steam is available and at a high enough temperature, then this is frequently the first choice.