This guidebook exclusively features boiler operations articles, including full charts, photographs, graphs and step-by-step instructions, previously featured in POWER magazine and on powermag.com.
Delivered in a PDF format, 135 pages.
Ensuring Reliable Boiler Operation Through Proper Material Analysis
Creeped out and fatigued—that’s the state of many coal-fired boilers these days. Understanding failure mechanisms and suitable testing methods for identifying potential trouble can help you find problems before the problems find you.
Typical Causes of Slagging and Fouling Problems in Boilers
Boiler slagging and fouling, and the resulting frequent operation of sootblowers, are some of the major operations and maintenance factors that can negatively affect power plant reliability and efficiency.
The Case for Utility Boiler Fuel Delivery System Upgrades
A vital part of any coal-fired unit is its fuel delivery system (FDS). A newly formed subcommittee of the ASME Research Committee on Energy, Environment, and Waste has investigated potential FDS upgrades on three typical 500-MW wall-, tangential-, and cyclone-fired boilers. The subcommittee has produced a series of suggested upgrades that have a simple payback of no more than two years.
Load Cycling and Boiler Metals: How to Save Your Power Plant
As many coal-fired power plants designed for baseload service are asked to cycle, unforeseen stresses have been introduced to boiler pressure parts. Understanding the effects and implementing mitigation strategies could prevent premature component failure and keep facilities operating reliably.
Optimize Boiler Combustion Using Improved Flue Gas Measurement
Boiler Tube Failure Thermohydraulic Analysis
Coal-Fired Power Plant Heat Rate Improvement Options, Part 1
Even without regulatory considerations, there are good reasons for virtually every coal-fired power plant to improve its heat rate. The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has looked at dozens of methods for improving heat rates and evaluated their applicability and costs. Part 1 of this twopart series explains the basics of heat rate improvements and the range of possible options explored in recent EPRI reports.
Coal-Fired Power Plant Heat Rate Improvement Options, Part 2
Even without regulatory considerations, there are good reasons for virtually every coal-fired power plant to improve its heat rate. The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has looked at dozens of methods for improving heat rates and evaluated their applicability and costs. Part 2 of this twopart series details several EPRI case studies of heat rate improvements and summarizes key takeaways.
Coal Pulverizer Maintenance Improves Boiler Combustion
Optimized coal pulverizer performance is a prerequisite for ensuring the best furnace combustion efficacy. Here are some solutions for overcoming commonly identified combustion problems.
Boiler Chemical Cleaning: Doing It Correctly
Like some of those tests your doctor is always after you to get, boiler chemical cleaning is something that most of us would rather not think about but that we all agree is necessary. Adding to our general discomfort with the process are new Environmental Protection Agency regulations, which make the disposal of chemical cleaning wastes more expensive. Here is a review of what to do, when, and some things to watch out for.
Understanding Coal Power Plant Heat Rate and Efficiency
Proposed U.S. standards for reducing carbon emissions from existing coalfired power plants rely heavily upon generation-side efficiency improvements. Fuel, operations, and plant design all affect the overall efficiency of a plant, as well as its carbon emissions. This review of the fundamentals of coal plant efficiency, frequent problems that reduce efficiency, and some solutions for improving operation and reducing generation costs should be valuable to plants wherever they are located.
Power 101: Improving the Performance of Boiler Auxiliaries, Part I
Power 101: Improving the Performance of Boiler Auxiliaries, Part II
Power 101: Improving the Performance of Boiler Auxiliaries, Part III
The Role of Fireside Corrosion on Boiler Tube Failures, Part I
The Role of Fireside Corrosion on Boiler Tube Failures, Part II
Using Explosives for Boiler Deslagging
A Game Plan for Improving Boiler Operations
Comparing the Value of Single - and Double-Layer Insulation on Boiler Walls
Boiler-Tuning Basics, Part I
Boiler-Tuning Basics, Part II
How Overcycling Induces Economizer Tube Failures