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The Inverted Bucket Steam Trap

Types of Armstrong Inverted Bucket Traps Available to Meet Specific Requirements
The availability of inverted bucket traps in different body materials, piping configurations and other variables permits flexibility in applying the right trap to meet specific needs. See Table CG-4. 1. All-Stainless Steel Traps. Sealed, tamper-proof stainless steel bodies enable these traps to withstand freezeups without damage. They may be installed on tracer lines, outdoor drips and other services subject to freezing. For pressures to 650 psig and temperatures to 800°F.
Table CG-4. Typical Design Parameters for Inverted Bucket Traps Body and Cap Materials Connections Cast Iron 1/2" thru 2-1/2" Stainless Steel 3/8" thru 1" Forged Steel 1/2" thru 2" Screwed, Socketweld or Flanged 0 thru 2,700 to 20,000 Cast Steel 1/2" thru 1" Screwed, Socketweld or Flanged 0 thru 600 To 4,400 Cast Stainless Steel 1/2" thru 2" Screwed, Socketweld or Flanged 0 thru 700 To 20,000

2. Cast Iron Traps. Standard inverted bucket traps for general service at pressures to 250 psig and temperatures to 450°F. Offered with side connections, side connections with integral strainers and bottom inlet—top outlet connections. 3. Forged Steel Traps. Standard inverted bucket traps for high pressure, high temperature services (including superheated steam) to 2,700 psig at 1,050°F. 4. Cast Stainless Steel Traps. Standard inverted bucket traps for high capacity, corrosive service. Repairable. For pressures to 700 psig and temperatures to 506°F.

Type Connections


Screwed, Socketweld

Operating Pressure (psig) Capacity (lbs/hr)

0 thru 250 To 20,000

0 thru 650 To 4,400

Valve Closed

Valve Wide Open

Self Scrubbing Flow

3. As the entering condensate starts to fill the bucket, the bucket begins to exert a pull on the lever. As the condensate continues to rise, more force is exerted until there is enough to open the valve against the differential pressure.

4. As the valve starts to open, the pressure force across the valve is reduced. The bucket then sinks rapidly and fully opens the valve. Accumulated air is discharged first, followed by condensate. The flow under the bottom of the bucket picks up dirt and sweeps it out of the trap. Discharge continues until more steam floats the bucket, and the cycle repeats.

Armstrong Steam and Condensate Group, 816 Maple St., Three Rivers, MI 49093 – USA Phone: (269) 273-1415 Fax: (269) 278-6555


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