WHAT IS SATURATED STEAM?
The saturation point is the point where liquid water and steam are the same temperature. When steam drops below the saturation point (through heat loss), it condenses back to a liquid, and when more heat is added, the water returns back to a vapor. One of the unique properties of saturated steam is that the water –regardless of the state – holds the same temperature throughout.
Steam in this cycle of condensation and evaporation is known as saturated steam.
Saturated Steam can usually be found in heat transfer applications or applications where heat is needed; the goal for power production is heat and not pressure. Because of saturated steam’s high latent heat capacity, it is a very effective mode of heat transfer.
- Universities and Colleges
- District Heating
- Pulp and Paper
- Food Processing
WATER DOESN’T ALWAYS BOIL AT 212 F/ 100 C.
Although temperature plays a large role in waters state change from liquid to gas, it is not the only variable at play to make water boil.
Various factors such as atmospheric pressure and water purity contribute to achieving a state change. Technically, the state shift from liquid water into water vapor is achieved when so much energy has been added to the system that the water molecules cannot stay together long enough to maintain liquid state.