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The Temperature of a Steam Pipe

A steam pipe is simply a conveyance for steam. The steam is generally used to power an engine, whether it be a locomotive, generator, steam shovel or boat.

Steam pipes operate at a variety of temperatures.

A steam pipe is simply a conveyance for steam. The steam is generally used to power an engine, whether it be a locomotive, generator, steam shovel or boat.

Types

A steam locomotive

Steam pipes typically have a range of temperature between 40 and 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Certain specialized steam pipes, however, can reach as much as 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

Prevention/Solution

Many specialized coatings are available to control the surface temperature of steam pipes. These insulating compounds range from metal and ceramic coatings to resins and fiberglass applications.

History

James Watt is considered the father of steam power, having converted steam pipes and engines into efficient means of producing energy. His inventions and patents took place in the late 18th century.

About the Author

For over 10 years Jeff Gatlin has written for many Northern California publications such as the "Hollister Free Lance," the "Gilroy Dispatch," the "Santa Cruz Sentinel" and "Out and About" magazine. Gatlin holds a B.A. in interdisciplinary studies and his 11 years as an English teacher also give him plenty of editing experience.