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Steam Fundamentals

All you need to know about steam system, often an oversight.


Steam, Boiler, Pressure, Condensate, Moisture, Trap, Corrosion


When designing and building a brewery, or even later when production is in full swing, utilities, especially steam, are forgotten and taken for granted. This lecture goes over some of the basic concepts for the design of steam systems (i.e. steam supply and condensate return) and what some of the common mistakes that are made when systems are installed. The understanding of those fundamental principles could prevent some of the most common design flaws that can cause equipment damage and potential risk to people’s safety.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the principles of how a boiler operates
  • Describe the design principles of steam distribution piping
  • Explain the options for reducing steam pressure prior to use
  • Explain how different types of steam traps work

Lecture developed by

Matt Harris

Matt is a highly solutions focused and action oriented manufacturing leader with an Engineering (Chemical) background and over 5 years´ experience in a number of production and project leadership roles. He led the design and delivery of AU$39M of capital works, led a team of operators to sustained high performance including over AU$700K in functional and waste savings, as well as helping grow the business of a new craft brewery. Matt excels in: developing improvement strategies and implementation plans, production scheduling and process change management, leading and facilitating structured problem solving, building capability through coaching and developing team members and leading multi-disciplinary capital project teams (including contract negotiation & budget control).

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Lecture Duration (Narration)
35 minutes

Lecture Availability
10 days from purchase

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Lecture Duration
35 minutes

Lecture Availability
10 days from purchase



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