Energy Efficiency / Air

Designing Compressed-Air Piping Systems Shouldn't Be An Afterthought

Compressed-air piping size impacts control and cost.

By Ron Marshall, Compressed Air Challenge for our sister publication Plant Services

For years the Chemical Processing article "Compressed Air Systems: The Secret is in the Pipe" has been on the reader radar screen. Obviously, it's an important topic.

Here's another article from our sister publication, Plant Services, to help you conquer piping problems.

The installation of the piping system is often a forgotten element in compressed air system design, but piping problems can have a big effect on how well your system performs. Much attention is placed on the actual first cost of the compressed air equipment and the efficiency characteristics of the main system equipment such as compressors and dryers, but decisions on the pipe sizing and routing are often left to others, and they might not have your best interests in mind.

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