Since pipework can operate at temperatures far removed from the ambient temperature, and the rate of heat flow from a pipe is related to the temperature differential between the pipe and the surrounding ambient air, heat flow from pipework can be considerable. In many situations, this heat flow is undesirable.
The application of thermal pipe insulation introduces thermal resistance and reduces the heat flow.
Where pipes operate at below-ambient temperatures, the potential exists for water vapor to condense on the pipe surface. Moisture is known to contribute towards many different types of corrosion.
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