July 2000

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HP Water Management: Is it time to chemically clean your boiler?

Offline boiler cleanings used to be a very predictable event, especially in utilities. Deposits that form on the tube surfaces inhibit heat transfer and reduce boiler efficiency. Cleani..

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

Offline boiler cleanings used to be a very predictable event, especially in utilities. Deposits that form on the tube surfaces inhibit heat transfer and reduce boiler efficiency. Cleaning of steam generating equipment restores OEM heat-transfer efficiency lost from the effects of tube-surface deposition. Online chemical cleaning programs are difficult to control and their results are unpredictable. Consequently, industry prefers offline chemical cleaning. The frequency of cleanings has declined due to improved feedwater quality, increased efforts to limit downtime, heightened concern over damage to a boiler's base

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