Steam Plant Issues

The main factors affecting the efficiency of steam plants are scale, corrosion, fouling and foaming. Scale is undesirable in water systems since it coats the inside of piping and acts as an insulator

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Steam Plant Issues

Steam Plant Issues

The main factors affecting the efficiency of steam plants are scale, corrosion, fouling and foaming. Scale is undesirable in water systems since it coats the inside of piping and acts as an insulator.

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If left untreated it can lead to blockages and system shut down.

  • non-operation of controls due to sludge accumulation
  • perforation of smoke tubes due to corrosion
  • overheating, distortion and even collapse of furnace tubes caused by scale or other deposits

All these can be avoided by correct water treatment and the water treatment of land boilers is clearly laid down in BS 2486 : 1997.

Without considering costs due to catastrophic failure of steam raising plant there are significant costs associated with poor water treatment. These are due to excessive fuel usage, excessive blowdown, poor quality steam or poor quality feed water.

Steam Plant Issues

Influencing Factors

Factors influencing the type of water treatment necessary to meet the feed water quality requirements are:

Advanced Water Technologies engineers will consider these factors in the preparation of a treatment proposal after close discussion with the client.


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Advanced Water Technologies's high quality water treatment and expert advice will undoubtedly save you money on wasteful energy consumption.

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