February 2005

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HP Water Management: How to inspect the waterside of a fired boiler

Most refineries and chemical plants inspect the waterside of each fired boiler during the annual or bi-annual outage. The purpose of this inspection is to ensure that the corrosion and deposit control..

Huchler, L. A., MarTech Systems, Inc.

Most refineries and chemical plants inspect the waterside of each fired boiler during the annual or bi-annual outage. The purpose of this inspection is to ensure that the corrosion and deposit control program is consistent with industry standards to preserve boiler reliability. The appearance of the waterside heat-transfer surfaces can provide direct evidence of the success for the chemical-treatment program and proper boiler operation. Therefore, it is imperative that the chemical supplier and refinery personnel participate in the waterside inspection. Preparation for inspection. Conventional fired boilers typically have at least one steam drum and a mud drum or blowdown header. Older

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