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for High Temperature Blowdown

Water / steam sample Turbine inlets and main High, intermediate and low pressure drums Specialty tubing per ASME B31.1 Self-regulating & mineral insulated heaters Cut-to-length bundles designed for 1200F (650C) exposure ASTM 213 316SS & specialty alloys
OBrien has 40 plus years of heat transfer expertise in the power industry. Our proven design methods provide reliable and reproducible performance under the most stringent process conditions. Extreme temperature applications such as high-pressure drums, turbine inlets and main steam headers, are often part of design considerations. Temperatures up to 1200F (650C) are common and OBrien buffered TRACEPAK products offer the total solution to the most demanding applications. OBrien TRACEPAK uses a unique parallel construction for bundles with multiple tubes. Unlike typical cabled bundles, TRACEPAK is much easier to bend and can be bent to a much tighter bending radius for compact installations. High temperature end sealant is also critical to the total OBrien solution providing insulation and weatherproofing for high temperature process connections.

Heat Traced Tube Bundles

Heat Transfer Modeling


O'Brien utilizes accurate heat transfer models to predict the thermal performance of our Tracepak bundles. These have been developed utilizing theoretical models and have been refined through testing of actual bundles in our environmental chamber. OBrien checks for operational integrity by applying the methods detailed in IEEE 515. This method is also used to determine the maximum sheath temperature or T rating. To predict the performance of special applications, O'Brien uses Finite Element Analysis, a computer modeling of heat distribution.

Long Continuous Lengths


O'Brien high temperature TRACEPAK tube bundles are supplied in long continuous coils to eliminate potential leaks from fittings and to reduce installation time. Spools make transport, storage and installation easier than with traditional stick tubing.

High Temperature End Seals


Stainless steel cap and high temperature sealant provide mechanically durable, fast and easy weatherproof seal for tubing bundles operating over 400F (205C).

Heat Traced Tube Bundles

for High Temperature Blowdown

FEA is used to check conditions at the low and high ambient with and without blowdown. Bundle designs are segregated into groups by exposure temperature with the following break points: 420F, 650-700F, 850-900F and 1200F (215C, 340-370C, 450-480C, and 650C).

Finite element predictive modeling indicates bundle performance at low and high ambient conditions.

1200F (650C)

AMBIENT TEMP: 104F (40C) MAX PROCESS TEMP: 1100F (590C)

AMBIENT TEMP: -20F (-29C) MIN PROCESS TEMP: 51F (11C)

850 900F (450 480C)

AMBIENT TEMP: 104F (40C) MAX PROCESS TEMP: 900F (480C)

AMBIENT TEMP: -20F (-29C) MIN PROCESS TEMP: 71F (22C)

650 700F (340 370C)

AMBIENT TEMP: 104F (40C) MAX PROCESS TEMP: 700F (370C)

AMBIENT TEMP: -20F (-29C) MIN PROCESS TEMP: 63F (17C)

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