Efficient steam distribution ensures transmission of dry saturated steam at the right pressure and free of air, at the users end. The following points should be taken note of:

(i) Size pipe lines for maximum anticipated loads

(ii) Long circuitous pipelines should be avoided.

(iii) Long radius bends should be preferred to sharp elbows and smooth Y’s preferred to T’s.


(iv) Pipes should be gradually sloping (1 mm in 1 m.) towards the receiving end and adequate provision for condensate removal should be made.

(v) Pipe sag should be periodically rectified to avoid danger of water hammering.

(vi) Isolate steam lines not in use.