Heat transfer between tracer and pipe

  • US 8,899,310 B2
  • Filed: 09/23/2013
  • Issued: 12/02/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/06/2008
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A heat transfer element comprising:

  • (a) an inner surface running a length of the heat transfer element, the inner surface comprising(i) first and second curved mounting surfaces configured to mate with an outer surface of a pipe for attachment thereto,(ii) first and second chamfered edges each extending from an interior portion of a respective one of the first and second curved mounting surfaces,(iii) first and second parallel channel walls each extending from a respective one of the first and second chamfered edges,(iii) a curved channel ceiling having an elliptical cross-sectional shape extending between the first and second parallel channel walls, the channel ceiling having a curvature configured to correspond to a curvature of an outer surface of tracer tubing, and(iv) a lengthwise opening defined between the two curved mounting surfaces, the lengthwise opening being an opening of an interior lengthwise channel defined by the first and second parallel channel walls and the curved channel ceiling, the interior lengthwise channel being sized and dimensioned to receive tracer tubing therein; and

    (b) an outer surface running the length of the heat transfer element which does not provide access to the interior lengthwise channel;

    (c) wherein the heat transfer element is configured for attachment to a pipe, utilizing heat transfer cement, with tracer tubing received within the interior lengthwise channel such that(i) the heat transfer element effects conductive heat transfer between the tracer tubing received within the channel and the pipe the heat transfer element is attached to, including conductive heat transfer through the curved mounting surfaces of the heat transfer element,(ii) the outer surface of the heat transfer element is located in covering relation to the interior lengthwise channel and the tracer tubing received therein, and serves to physically protect the tracer tubing received therein, and(d) wherein the heat transfer element is configured to allow for installation over installed tracer tubing by translating the heat transfer element down over installed tracer tubing secured to a traced pipe; and

    (e) wherein the heat transfer element comprises metal.

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