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What is the back pressure of the trap?

For most traps, the force exerted by back pressure acts in the direction that opens the valve, relative to a force that opens the valve. If the inlet (primary) pressure remains constant and only the back pressure increases, the force to open the valve increases. This can cause some types of traps to lose their ability to close the valve, leaving the valve open all the time. How does increased back pressure affect trap operation?

1. For a trap or valve, the pressure downstream of it is "back pressure". In other words, "back pressure" is the pressure on the outlet or secondary side. The difference between the pressure at the trap inlet (primary side) and the "back pressure" is the operating "differential pressure".

2. If the condensed water at the back end of the trap is directly discharged to the atmosphere, no back pressure will be generated.

3. Even if the condensed water is discharged directly to the atmosphere, if it needs to flow through many elbows, it will encounter some resistance to weaken the flow, so back pressure will also be generated.

4. The discussion on back pressure is more complicated, not just affecting the discharge of condensate in the trap. The back pressure allowed by the trap also needs to be considered.

5. The allowable back pressure is the maximum back pressure to ensure the normal operation of the trap, expressed as a percentage of the inlet (primary side) pressure. Typically, as back pressure increases, the trap loses its ability to operate properly.

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