Heat trace provides a way to add heat to a pipe, vessel, tank, or equipment using a line of heat transfer fluid or an electrically heated cable. For simplicity, we will limit our heat transfer fluid to steam and compare steam and electric trace.
Is a system used to maintain or raise the temperature of pipes and vessels. Trace heating takes the form of an electrical heating element run in physical contact along the length of a pipe. The pipe must then be covered with thermal insulation to retain heat losses from the pipe. Heat generated by the element then maintains the temperature of the pipe.
The most common pipe trace heating applications include: