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Re: Super Saturated steam

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Posted by Harold hydronicnetwork.net on July 16, 2002 at 13:37:15:

In Reply to: Re: Super Saturated steam posted by tom on July 16, 2002 at 10:31:12:

I believe the best explanation is the one given by ACTUAL EXCERPTS FROM STUDENT SCIENCE EXAM. http://www.internet4kids.com/parents.htm
A super-saturated solution is one that holds more than it can hold.

The term "super-saturated steam" has entered the professional vocabulary as these youth progress through the US education system with their own inventions held fast thorughout their careers. One peculiar problem is exascerbated by the desire of marketing professionals to create the ultimate "sales engineer." This person would be able and willing to take the concepts of "dry steam" and "saturated steam" and convert them into the new "super-term". After all, something as good as dry steam for a turbine could produce "super-income" by sending more water than steam can hold through a turbine. Therefore, super-saturated steam is a marketing tool to explain the effects of wet steam or carry-over to clueless executives who are willing to combine (Dilbert-like supervisory technique) two unrelated concepts into one and have the staff explain it to him.

Problems with the steam quality include:
super-saturated steam. (wet)
super-heated steam (dry)
contaminated water (used for steam generation)
non-condensable gases. (build up in the water supply)

"the hot plug would fall down in the cavity, which would be partly filled with water. Contact between the plug and the water would cause an explosion of super-saturated steam that would increase the pressure in the reservoir significantly, which in turn, would expel hot water/steam through orifices at the base of the reservoir leading to the nose.


The water enthalpy, measured above a base value corresponding to the entry temperature, just below boiling point. The water becomes super-saturated where the heating rate is most intense.

Super Saturated Steam from Boiler (up to 352 degrees Fahrenheit)

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