Keeping Moisture Out
T.R.A.P.™ breather is either absorbing or releasing moisture, depending upon the humidity in the air. This difference in relative humidity – high during inhalation and low during exhalation – is the force that drives the process. During inhalation, cold humid air entering the system is drawn over the large absorbent surface area inside the breather. The high humidity drives water into the absorbent and the majority of water vapor is removed. This dry air maintains the water concentration below 30% saturation. Once inside the system, the air contacts the warm fluid and meta surfaces, which increase air temperature and further reduce the air’s relative humidity.
How a T.R.A.P.™ Breather Works
Intake Cycle (Inhalation)
1- The circuit “breathes in” air containing moisture vapor.
2- The T.R.A.P.™ breather strips moisture and particulate from the incoming air, allowing only clean, dry air to enter the circuit.
Outflow Cycle (Exhalation)
3- During the “exhalation” cycle, the T.R.A.P.™ breather allows unrestricted airflow outward.
4- The outflow of dry air picks up the moisture collected by the T.R.A.P.™ breather during intake, and “blows it back out” – fully regenerating the T.R.A.P.TM™ breather’s water-holding capacity
|T.R.A.P.™ Technology||Desiccant Filters|
|Service life||Extended Life (exhales moisture and refreshes its holding capacity on each cycle).||Shorter life (due to saturation of filtering material), leading to frequent replacement.|
|Effectiveness||Reacts instantly to conditions in the application, creating a moisture barrier without impeding airflow.||Requires extended exposure to the air stream before absorption begins. Restricts airflow and increases pressure.|
|Maintenance costs||Reduced man-hours.||Increased man-hours.|
|Technology||Thermally reactive barrier that removes moisture at relative humidity levels as low as 15%.||Absorbent filtering material that loses holding capacity with each cycle. Only starts removing moisture at relative humidity at 80%.|
|Filtration||Superior moisture blocking and particulate filtration down to 3 microns at 97% efficiency.||Less effective moisture blocking and particulate filtration.|
|Other Advantages||Will not freeze in winter.||Subject to freezing in winter conditions.|