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Compression Tank

Any home owner can have a modern hydronic system installed in their home to create a central heating system. The hydronic system includes a compression tank that is connected to a system of of pipes and water processing equipment, such as a boiler, chiller, radiator, or baseboard heat exchangers, pumps and valves to distribute heat through or remove heat from within a modern building. Many older people are familiar with the old radiators that lined the walls of schools to heat the rooms from a central boiler located somewhere deep in the belly of the school. On days when a chill was in the air, a valve on the side of the radiator could be turned to admit steam and warm the radiator, releasing heat into the air, measured in BTUs.

Believe it or not, the idea of a water based heat distribution made it's debut around 1700, and proliferated throughout Europe during that century, beginning with Russia, reaching Sweden in 1716, and going on to be demonstrated in France and other countries. But it was not until such things as the radiator and methods of eliminating the problems of water expansion to relieve and balance pressure inside the closed system were developed that a modern system was born.

Early open systems allowed the steam to simply escape into the air, which would have been a near perfect transfer of thermal energy between the radiator and the room, but which also would have contributed considerably toward making the room damp, the steam itself being hot water vapor. Seeking to avoid the disadvantageous of the open system, early engineers turned to a closed system that ducted the condensed water back to the boiler to be heated and recirculated. But there were problems with the forces of thermal expansion when the water was heated in a closed system. The metal could not contain the forces and cracks would develop, causing leaks. Developers eventually discovered that the closed system could maintain proper functioning when a tank that held both system water and air was included. Eventually, this tank would take the form of two types: the steel tank and the diaphragm tank.
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