Believe it or not, boiler storage can make a considerable difference in the overall lifespan of your boiler. Proper storage reduces the risk of corrosion as well as maintenance costs throughout the life of your boiler. There are two common ways to store your boiler when you take it offline, wet boiler storage and dry storage – also known as wet lay-up and dry lay-up.
Every superhero has an arch nemesis. Superhero’s also have sidekicks to help them bring their enemy to justice. One of the biggest enemies of your steam system is oxygen in your feedwater. Among other issues, oxygen present in your boilers feedwater leads to “oxygen pitting” also known as “oxygen attack”.
Winter is coming, and while you are preparing to bundle up and shield yourself from the cold, it is important to know that your equipment should be ‘bundled up’ as well. We are talking, of course, about insulation. There are three main reasons to insulate a steam or hot water system. The first reason is personnel safety; steam and hot water lines can get extremely hot, so to avoid the chance of employees, contractors, and visitors getting burned by accidentally coming into contact with a hot surface, insulation can offer a layer of protection. Generally the rule of thumb is any hot equipment, pipes or valves that are up to 6 feet from the ground should be insulated. Even if you have an area marked as being off limits or with a barrier around it, people might still get inside and potentially injure themselves, so it is best not to risk lost time incidents, insurance claims, lawsuits, and other undesirable results by leaving that to chance.
If you have ever jumped into a cold pool on a warm summer day, you probably have an adept understanding of thermal shock.
Thermal shock, as it relates to steam boilers, happens as a result of the resistance of the boiler structure to movement caused by thermal expansions and contractions within the boiler. These stresses occur every firing cycle in varying degrees.
Deaerators are pressure vessels. Their main purpose is to produce preheated boiler feedwater and to remove O2 and CO2 gases from the boiler to the greatest extent possible. If the system is not operating as specified, major damages to your boiler system can occur due to un-removed dissolved O2 and CO2 present in the feedwater.
In August, WARE received the very first of Victory Energy’s new dryback firetube boilers. Traditionally, Victory’s Frontier® series has been characterized by its wetback firetube boiler model. However, with the success of this model’s production and demand for a dryback option, Victory Energy announced earlier this year that they would be expanding the product line to satisfy market requests. Within just a few short months, Victory has proven their ability to take the idea from conception to reality, delivering on their promise. WARE has a history of successes and a good relationship with Victory Energy’s watertube boilers, so with a combination of proven manufacturing capabilities, cost-effectiveness, and the availability of a reliable center-fire design, it makes sense for WARE to utilize this new design in its offerings.
When you go on a diet, what factors are important to you? If you are like most people, you probably focus on what you put in your body. When you eat bad food – it has ill effects on your body, but not all in the same way. Some foods are high in fat, some high in sodium, some have too many preservatives, but each food has different areas to consider when trying to clean up your diet. The same is true with boilerfeed water. Not all feedwater sources are the same, and depending on the source there could be different impurities to account for before using it in your boiler.
ABMA is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Randy Rawson Scholarship. These students have expressed an interest in the boiler industry and we are pleased to support their educational endeavors.