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Insulated Pipe or Flat Surface Heat Loss or Heat Gain

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1. This computer program calculates the heat loss or heat gain from insulated surfaces. The program has 29 different insulations to chose from and it has numerous protective jackets that can be used in the heat transfer analysis. The input of the ambient air temperature and air velocity influences the heat transfer calculations. To calculate the heat loss or heat gain this program does not use assumed R values which calculates the approximate heat transfer. Instead this program uses a thermal conductivity curve for each insulation and goes through an accurate iterative calculation procedure to zero in on the insulation thermal conductivity and R value. This program will provide the surface temperature of the insulated system and the heat loss (or heat gain) in Btu/hr-ft2, in Btu/hr –linear ft pipe, or in Btu/hr for a given length of pipe, or Btu/hr for a given square feet of surface. Listed below are the Engineer Inputs for an Insulated Pipe:

a. Pipe Outside Diameter: (inches)
b. Pipe Inside Diameter: (inches)
c. Feet of Pipe Run: (ft)
d. Pipe Material:
(1) Aluminum
(2) Stainless Steel
(3) Steel
e. Pick an insulation type
(1) 29 different types to chose from
f. Insulation Thickness: (inches)
g. Insulation Protective Jacket
(1) 9 Different types including numerous sub types including paints & coatings
h. Jacket Thickness: (inches)
i. Surface Orientation:
(1) Vertical
(2) Horizontal
j. Temperature Inside The Pipe: (F)
k. Air Temperature on the Outside of the Pipe: (F)
l. Air Velocity on the Outside of the Pipe
(1) Miles/hour
(2) Feet/minute
(3) Feet/second

Example #1 - Pipe Heat Loss Computer Program Program Input Data

1. Pipe Data:
10 inch Schedule 80 Steel Pipe
OD = 10.75 inches
ID = 9.75 inches
Pipe Length = 100 feet

2. Pipe Orientation:
Horizontal Pipe

3. Fluid Inside the Pipe:
600 psig
720 F

4. Ambient Air Properties:
Dry Bulb = 80 F
Air Velocity = 0.00 ft/min

5. Insulation Properties:
Fiberglass Pipe Insulation
850 F max.
3 inches thick

6. Insulation Jacket:
0.016 inches thick
Emissivity = 0.11


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