January 2021

Maintenance and Reliability

Reasons for vibration issues in boilers and furnaces

A conversation with a long-time colleague at an industry trade show inspired me to think about one of the most confounding problems that occur in boilers and furnaces: vibration.

Webster, T., XRG Technologies

A conversation with a long-time colleague at an industry trade show inspired me to think about one of the most confounding problems that occur in boilers and furnaces: vibration. Our discussion revolved around the fact that systems today seem much more prone to vibration problems than in the “good old days.” A number of industry trends over the last several decades have contributed to this issue. Trends contributing to vibration Vibration in combustion systems has been studied for hundreds of years, from Dr. Higgins in the 1700s to Lord Raleigh in the 1800s and even NASA, as part of the Apollo program in the late 1900s. Despite all that research, it is still difficult to predict when vibra

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