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Inverted Bucket Steam Traps

for efficient condensate drainage of industrial and HVAC equipment

Any air reaching the trap will also give the bucket buoyancy and close the valve. the weight of the bucket will pull the valve off its seat and the cycle is then repeated (3). This positions the lever mechanism such that the main valve “snaps” shut (2). Under startup conditions. This can lead to waterlogging of the plant and subsequent poor heat transfer. The vent hole is of small diameter to reduce steam loss and thus will vent air very slowly. These durable traps are designed to withstand corrosion. • Condensate which is not removed may eventually back up into the steam space of process equipment. When steam enters the underside of the bucket. the trap may need to be “primed” with water before system startup (1). Once this happens. and steam escapes through the vent hole. and water hammer to provide long lasting service. dirt. How it works As condensate reaches the trap. consequently reducing efficiency. this is further compounded by the low differential pressures present. Condensate. This keeps the steam space free of condensate to provide maximum system efficiency. 1 2 3 2 . the bucket becomes buoyant and rises. creates several problems: • Build-up of condensate in steam mains and headers can eventually lead to water hammer which can seriously damage the steam system and create safety problems. The weight of the bucket keeps the valve off its seat so condensate can flow around the bottom of the bucket and out of the trap. A separate external air vent is normally required to ensure speedy and efficient startup of a steam plant.Inverted Bucket steam traps The proper drainage of condensate is essential to efficient steam system operation. On applications where air and non-condensible gases are present. Under low load or superheat conditions. preventing condensate flow. Spirax Sarco offers a full range of Inverted Bucket steam traps to handle steam pressures up to 900 psig. The small vent hole in the bucket will bleed air into the top of the trap. A bimetal air vent assist can be added to some models to help with cold startup air. an external air vent can be fitted to assist the normal operation. Inverted Bucket steam traps rely on the difference in density between steam and condensate to drain condensate as it forms. if allowed to collect in the steam system. it forms a water seal inside the body. The bucket will lose its buoyancy as the enclosed steam condenses due to radiation losses.

404 2. socket weld or flanged.402 2.412 TIS # B Series 200 Series HM34 600 Series 900 Series SIB30 SIB45 UIB30 Optional Optional 3 . Inverted Bucket steam trap overview Model Sizes (inches) 1/2 3/4 1 1-1/4 1-1/2 2 x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x Connections NPT SW FLG x x x x x x x x Swivel Connector x x x Pipe Configuration Body Material In-line Cast Cast Stn. Available with either horizontal or vertical flow patterns for piping convenience.410 2. ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ Resists water hammer with durable design.User benefits Venting of non-condensibles through the vent hole in the top of the bucket provides continuous operation.407 2. Simple installation and maintenance with in-line horizontal piping connections. Compatible with a wide array of systems with pressure ranges up to 900 psig. Flexible choice of connections: screwed.403 2. steel and stainless steel to meet specific requirements. Iron Steel Steel Strainer x x x x x x x x x x Standard Standard Standard Standard Options Air Vent Check Valve 2.401 2. dirt is kept away from the orifice until the valve is fully open. Horiz. Vert. All working parts are stainless steel providing good resistance to corrosion and wear. Because condensate flows under the bucket. Bodies available in cast iron.411 2.

regardless of differential pressure. The distance the condensate must be lifted after the trap. including that due to lift after the trap. Spirax Sarco Inverted Bucket steam traps keep the equipment operating smoothly by draining condensate as it forms.000 lb/h Safety Factor 2:1 Sizing Load 4. Inefficient condensate drainage will not allow the proper cleaning drying and pressing temperatures to be achieved. Steam Separator “Wet” steam can damage equipment and reduce process efficiency. Spirax Sarco Inverted Bucket steam traps discharge condensate as it forms to prevent this from happening.590 lb/h at 95 psi differential pressure. Laundry Equipment Laundry equipment uses steam for cleaning and pressing garments.000 lb/h of condensate from a Unit Heater receiving steam at 100 psig. A Spirax Sarco separator efficiently “knocks out” condensate droplets in the steam flow. Example A steam trap is required to drain 2. Inlet Pressure 100 psig Lift 10 ft. Any other possible sources of back pressure in the condensate return system. • Local back pressure due to discharge of numerous traps close together into an undersized return. is the differential pressure. Rule of thumb: 2 feet of lift equals 1 psi back pressure (approximately). The trap may now be selected using the differential pressure and the sizing load. There is a lift after the trap of 10 ft. typical examples as follows: Steam Mains 2:1 Tracers 2:1 Non-Modulating 2:1 Modulating over 30 psi 3:1 Modulating under 30 psi Size trap at full load and 1/2 psi differential How to size The difference between the steam pressure at the trap inlet and the total back pressure. This condensate must be continuously drained from the separator to prevent it from becoming re-entrained in the steam flow.Typical applications for Inverted Bucket steam traps High Pressure Steam Mains Instant removal of condensate prevents water hammer and improves steam quality. 4. Safety Factor that is dependent upon particular application. 2. and Siphon Applications 4 .000 lb/h A 1-1/4" B4-125 will handle 7. For example: • Condensate taken to a pressurized deaerator tank or flash recovery vessel. The quantity of condensate should be multiplied by the appropriate safety factor to produce the sizing load. 3. Note: The inlet pressure to the steam trap should never exceed the Maximum Operating Pressure (PMO) of the selected trap. Quantity of condensate handled. Differential Pressure Quantity 2. Obtained from: • Measurement • Calculation • Manufacturer’s data 5. = 5 psi (approximately) Therefore.5 psi = 95 psi Rule of thumb: Use a factor of 2 on everything except Temperature Controlled Air Heater Coils and Converters. 100 psi . The steam pressure at the trap after any pressure drop through the control valve or equipment. Steam trap selection and sizing Need to know 1.

5 5.500 1. 3/4" Cast Iron NPT B2 3/4" 211 1/2" Cast Iron NPT 212 3/4" 213 1" 215 1-1/2" 216 2" In-Line Horizontal Strainer.4 Weight 6.000 2.6 7.0 lb 59.6 D 3 4. psig Differential Pressure.000 B5-15 -30 -75 -75 -75 -75 3. 22 216 48 40 32 22 28 28 24 5 .3 5.5 4.Inverted Bucket steam trap range B Series The B Series Inverted Bucket steam traps are traditional cast iron. 21 1 22 12 10 8 7 6 B4-15 B3-15 B2-15 B1H-15 -30 -30 -30 -75 -180 -250 200 150 100 100 1 10 100125 180 250 8 10 15 20 30 50 70 100 150 200 250 Differential Pressure.000 700 500 300 3 .5 lb 27. lb/h B Series Capacities 20.000 2. The stainless steel bucket and valve are resistant to corrosion and water hammer. B5.0 9.4 10.7 4. B22.9 2.6 14.2 B 4 5.5 lb 40 lb 75 lb 20. 22 213 2 . Air Vent 2.3 3.000 15.1 4.3 3.0 11.0 lb 96. horizontal flow products. Operating pressures are available up to 250 psig with capacities to 20.4 5.2 2.000 1. 22 215 36 20 18 *C1 Dimension for traps supplied with bi-metal air vents (B12H.3 C1* 3.0 lb C. lb/h -30 -180 -250 -180 -250 0 -180 -25 5. psig 5 .000 10.25 lb 11. 22 212 24 20 16 12 10 8 7 16 14 12 -125 -125 -125 -125 -125 -180 -250 10.8 C 3.6 3.000 5.4 6. Operating pressures are available up to 250 psig with capacities to 20. B Series Model Size Body Material Connections Piping Configuration Options TIS# Maximum Operating Pressure (PMO) Top plug not provided on B1H.0 4.000 7.0 18.4 9.000 lb/hr.4 5.000 Condensate. 3/4" 3/4" 1" 1-1/4" 2" Type B1H B2 B3 B4 B5 A 5 6. B32.5 D 2.3 C 7.5 lb 19. B2.000 lb/hr.9 9. the 200 Series utilizes the popular bottom in/top out flow pattern.3 5.3 7.4 7.407 250 psig In-Line Vertical N/A 2. B52. B12H.2 lb 12.8 7.4 11. B22.000 1. 200 Series B3 1" B4 1-1/4" B5 2" Model Size Body Material Connections Piping Configuration Options TIS# Maximum Operating Pressure (PMO) B C B B1H 1/2".9 7 8.000 1. B52) Condensate.3 11.000 200 Series Capacities 6 .C1 A D A E E D B Series Dimensions (nominal) in inches Size 1/2".8 4. B42.9 10.4 17.2 Weight 6. The stainless steel bucket and valve are resistant to corrosion and water hammer.4 1.7 E 1.0 15.0 B 4.5 7.6 6.000 3. 200 Series Another traditional cast iron product.401 250 psig 200 Series Dimensions (nominal) in inches Size 1/2" 3/4" 1" 1-1/2" 2" A 6.

The two-bolt connector design simplifies maintenance and reduces downtime.1 4.9 4.0 4.8 lb 4. lb/h 600 500 400 300 1 HM 0 /1 34 /10 34 7 34/ HM 4/7 3/4 3 6 HM 34/ 1/2 HM 3/4 34/5 HM 3/4 30H/8 123 psig HM 3/4 HM 3/4 /8 34 HM 1/2 /8 34 Condensate. SW In-Line .3 F 2.4 3. 1" Steel NPT.9lb Size 1/2" 3/4" 1" A 2.4 Weight 5.2 lb UIB30 / UIB30H Size Body Material Connections Piping Configuration Options TIS# Model Maximum Operating Pressure (PMO) Model Maximum Operating Pressure (PMO) 1/2". 3/4".2 4.7 G 3.000 900 800 700 600 500 400 300 200 UIB30 / UIB30H Capacities /8 /10 30H UIB 8 30/ UIB /6 /7 30 UIB /6 30 UIB 30/5 UIB /5 110 100 8 10 20 30 40 50 60 80 100 120 170 200 290300 400 600 30/4 UIB 8 10 20 30 40 58 60 80 100 125 175 200 290300 400 Differential Pressure. The swivel connector is ideal for maintaining the proper trap operation.6 3.7 4.5 B 3.1 Weight 4.000 800 1 HM 2 /1 34 M 1H /8 34 M 1H 6 34/ Condensate.3 E 3.404 464 psig E UIB30 / UIB30H Dimensions HM34 Dimensions (nominal) in inches Size 1/2" 3/4" 1" Withdrawal Distance (nominal) in inches A 4. 3/4". psig 6 . UIB30/UIB30H The UIB30 is a sealed inverted bucket steam trap complete with Spirax Sarco’s versatile swivel connector for installations requiring horizontal or vertical flow.1 6.3 1.9 lb 22.1 3.3 3. lb/h 200 2 1/ HM /6 34 M 1 H /5 34 M H 1/2 /4 34 HM 2 / 1 /5 34 1.412 30/8 30/7 30/6 30/5 58 psig 30H/10 58 psig 123 psig 174 psig 290 psig 30H/6 290 psig G HM34 H HM34 Capacities 2.9 D 1.1 B 4. psig Differential Pressure.7 H 2. B D A A C (Connector of choice sold separately) HM34 Size Body Material Connections Piping Configuration Options TIS# Maximum Operating Pressure (PMO) A B F 1/2".5 5.3 1.7 7.4 C 4.9 4.3 C 4.9 lb 5. Available in 1/2" through 1" with threaded or socket weld connections.8 lb 8. Swivel Connector Check Valve is Standard 2.0 6.Inverted Bucket s HM34 The steel construction of the HM34 makes it a logical choice for systems up to 465 psig. SW In-Line Horizontal Strainer is Standard 2.000 30/4 435 psig 30H/5 435 psig 1.1 3.9 3.4 2. 1" Stainless Steel NPT.6 3.5 4.6 2. The stainless steel bucket and valve are resistant to corrosion and water hammer.

8 6.3 B 3.3 lb 5.steam trap range SIB30 / SIB30H / SIB45 The SIB30 and SIB45 Inverted Bucket steam traps are sealed for tamper-proof operation.0 C 6.6 3.6 3.9 D Weight 7.0 3.9 lb 7. Operating pressures up to 652 psig are available with sizes ranging from 1/2" through 1" and either threaded or socket weld end connections.3 C 6.0 3.8 6. The all stainless steel construction is highly resistant to corrosion and water hammer.9 4. SW In-Line Horizontal Check Valve is Standard (SIB45 only) 2.410 2.3 4. 1000 800 700 600 500 Condensate lb/hr Condensate kg/hr 100 200 80 70 60 50 8 10 20 30 40 50 60 80 100 200 Differential Pressure psig 300 400 500600 90 80 70 60 7 15 29 44 58 73 116 145 Differential Pressure psig Differential Pressure barg ∆PMX ∆PMX ∆PMX SIB30/10 SIB30/8 SIB30/7 290 50 435 90 80 70 60 7 15 29 44 58 73 116 145 Differential Pressure psig 290 50 435 Condensate kg/hr. 1" Stainless Steel NPT.3 B 3.411 Condensate lb/hr SIB30 ∆PMX SIB30/12 770 662 Differential Pressure barg ∆PMX ∆PMX ∆PMX ∆PMX ∆PMX ∆PMX SIB30/7 SIB30/6 SIB30/5 SIB30/4 SIB30/10 SIB30/8 0.3 3.3 D Weight 7.5 1 2 3 4 5 8 30/7 SIB 10 0/6 B3 SI 20 30 /12 /8 /10 30 30 B 30 I S SIB SIB 350 300 441 psig 221 188 176 100 SIB30 A SIB30 Dimensions (nominal) in inches Size 1/2" 3/4" C D 154 132 110 A 4.9 lb 0.3 6.5 0.9 D Weight 5.5 lb 7. 400 SIB45 Capacities 0.3 4.3 B 3.8 1 2 3 Differential Pressure barg 4 5 6 8 10 20 30 45 400 /10 45 /8 45 /6 45 /5 45 300 200 300 SIB30 / SIB30H / SIB45 Model Size Body Material Connections Piping Configuration Options TIS# Maximum Operating Pressure (PMO) SIB30 / SIB30H SIB45 1/2".0 3.3 4. 435 psig 652 200 /5 30 B I S 0/4 SIB3 . 3/4" 3/4".0 C 4.5 lb Condensate lb/hr SIB45 Dimensions (nominal) in inches 221 188 176 154 100 B 132 110 7 Condensate kg/hr.3 lb SIB30H SIB30H Dimensions (nominal) in inches Size 1/2" 3/4" A 4.9 6.5 770 662 ∆PMX SIB30/12 ∆PMX ∆PMX SIB30/6 SIB30/5 1 /12 0H 3 B SI 2 B 5 8 10 20 8 / 6 0 / H H/1 30H 30 30 SIB SIB SIB 3 4 30 450 400 SIB45 A 441 7 H/ 30 B SI 5 H/ 30 B I S 200 Size 3/4" 1" C D A 4.0 3.

com/us Printed in USA 11/04.0 12.Inverted Bucket steam trap range 600/900 Series The 600 and 900 Series of Inverted Bucket steam traps are designed for high pressure steam systems with operating pressures available up to 900 psig. psig Differential Pressure.6 12.000 800 600 400 8 10 20 30 40 60 80 100 200 300 400 600 800 Phone: (614) 436-8055 10 (614) 20 436-8479 30 40 50 60 80 100120 200 300 400 600 8 Fax: 450 Differential Pressure. SC 29016 • Phone: (803) 714-2000 • Fax: (803) 714-2222 • www.0 D 4. lb/h /22 625 /14 625 623/16 Condensate.000 2. The robust forged steel construction with stainless steel internals are resistant to corrosion and water hammer.1 16.402 600 psig 626 2" Model Size Body Material Connections Piping Configuration Options TIS# Maximum Operating Pressure (PMO) 900 Series 921 922 923 925 1/2" 3/4" 1" 1-1/2" Steel Flanged In-Line Vertical Check Valve is Standard 2.000 800 600 400 300 200 100 /32 626 0 626/2 8 625/1 10.7 5.9 C 8.1 12.0 8.8 11.1 Weight 65 lb 65 lb 110 lb 110 lb 175 lb A D B 900 Series 600 Series Model Size Body Material Connections Piping Configuration Options TIS# Maximum Operating Pressure (PMO) 621 622 623 625 1/2" 3/4" 1" 1-1/2" Steel Flanged In-Line Vertical Check Valve is Standard 2.8 9. Inc.000 625/12 3 62 /12 623/8 623/10 /18 926 /16 926 2 5/1 /92 923 0 5/1 /92 923 2/8 /92 921 22/ NORTHEAST 26 1/1 0 12 62 Sewell /1 Nigel 622 /10 Columbus.403 900 psig 926 2" 600 Series Capacities 626/24 900 Series Capacities 626/18 Condensate.0 12.4 E 1.0 13.000 3.1 5.0 D 5.1 17.8 2.3 8.8 11.1 1. • 1150 Northpoint Blvd.000 3. • Blythewood.6 6.4 E 1. Copyright 2004 Spirax Sarco.000 6.8 2.0 15.8 1.000 1.1 6.4 1.0 8. lb/h 10.000 4. Ohio 621 8 / Hub Office 622 8 / 7760 River 621Olentangy 2/7 62 Suite 120 /7 1 62 Columbus.0 9.4 1.1 Weight 40 lb 40 lb 65 lb 110 lb 175 lb A D B 600 Series E C Distance Withdrawal 900 Series Dimensions (nominal) in inches Size 1/2" 3/4" 1" 1-1/2" 2" A 12.0 9.6 8.0 9.000 2.6 10.1 16.spiraxsarco.000 8.8 17.6 8. 8 .000 6.7 B 8.000 4.1 1. psig Spirax Sarco.0 13.7 4.000 8.4 1.9 C 9. OH 43235 Road 1.0 9. Inc.3 7.1 6. E C Withdrawal Distance 600 Series Dimensions (nominal) in inches Size 1/2" 3/4" 1" 1-1/2" 2" A 10.0 12.4 B 7.