Spring cleaning – you dread doing it, but you feel so much better when it’s done. Spring cleaning might look a little different at industrial facilities across the county, this year and in years to come. Not only will they have to knock out the cobwebs, but there’s a chance they might have to convert their coal fired facility to a natural gas fired facility.
A boiler cycle includes a firing interval, a post-purge, an idle period, a pre-purge and a return to firing. Boiler short cycling takes place when an oversized boiler quickly fulfills process or space heating demands and then shuts down until heat is required again.
Boiler efficiency can be calculated over the cycle duration by taking the useful heat provided by the boiler and dividing it by the useful heat plus losses. Boiler efficiency is reduced when short cycling occurs or when several boilers are operating at low firing rates.
Hollywood is notorious for factual inaccuracies in films, and in all reality, it simply comes with the territory. Heck, if they were to get everything correct down to the finest detail, the production cost would be so high that it would no longer be practical to finance movies. Besides that, the audience is often simply there to be entertained—who cares about some small details that don’t impact the story, right? The only time a factual error really raises a stir is when it seems so outlandish or impossible that it removes us from our immersion in the movie. Just think: if you saw a guy jump the Grand Canyon on a bicycle, wouldn’t your instinct tell you that what you were watching was a bit far-fetched? The mind can only take in so much before our “willful suspension of disbelief” is overruled by our logic.
Ware is currently partnering with the University of Louisville to replace a control system in the University’s Steam Plant. The system controls the boilers to heat the University’s entire campus and makes use of a new technology within the control system industry.
When you watch a movie, isn’t there something that you are able to recognize or point out—something that most of your friends probably wouldn’t notice? If you are a car enthusiast, don’t you enjoy recognizing classic cars or the nuances in their modifications? If you have a flair for men’s fashion, aren’t you more prone to identify the watches or sunglasses that James Bond happens to be wearing? We all have something that triggers our interest and grabs our attention. Since we are in the business of providing steam, here at WARE we tend to notice boilers (more than we would like to admit) when they show up outside of our normal work environment, and the silver screen is where they tend to do this the most.
Steam has played a role in many feature films over the years, and since the Halloween season is fresh in our memory, where better to start than with horror movies? Most of you are probably familiar with a film called The Shining. If it has been a while and you’re having trouble remembering, here’s something to jog your memory: at one point, Jack Nicholson’s character uses an axe to chop an opening in a door and sticks his face through before saying those immortal words, “Here’s Johnny!”
Although boilers are made of heavy-duty materials, they aren’t as indestructible as they seem. Without proper care and maintenance, you can destroy a boiler. From fuel explosions to contaminated feedwater, we are here to give you some tips on how to not destroy your boiler.