Software Aids Design of Electrical Heat-Tracing SystemsDesigned with a user-friendly interface, TraceCalc Pro offers installers and specifiers a step-by-step guide to designing a heat-tracing solution for their project. The no-cost download from Pentair Thermal Management provides users with design calculations such as pipe heat loss, number of circuits, electrical loads and maximum temperatures. It also automatically selects the correct Raychem heating cable and components from the company’s line of products and offers recommendations for the most suitable control and monitoring systems.

With the software upgrade, Pentair’s TraceCalc Pro software incorporates the new versions of Raychem’s XTV, HXTV and KTV self-regulating heating cables. The new heating cables are suitable for maximum intermittent exposure temperatures up to 482°F (250°C). Also, lower sheath temperature data has been incorporated for its XTV and KTV heating cables in compliance with the testing methodology of latest revision of the international standard IEEE 515. This simplifies the design and installation considerably on projects, in particular for applications with temperature class T3 (200°C) classification.

Also, a mineral-insulated heating cable has been added to TraceCalc Pro. Pyrotenax XMI-L has a special corrugated construction the lowers the sheath temperatures significantly.

The software can be downloaded directly from the company’s software library on its website.