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2015 Tip Sheets

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Browse through our listing of monthly tip sheets below and see how Cleaver-Brooks is helping businesses run better everyday.

December 2015

Boiler Steam System Supply Basics 

The boiler is part of a cohesive system, just like the human body with the heart (boiler) pumping blood through a venous system consisting of arteries (steam supply) and veins (condensate return). Read more.   

November 2015

Reducing NOx Emissions in Large Industrial Boilers 

There are many types of boilers and several ways to reduce NOx both during and post combustion. For big industrial boilers >100 MMBTU/hr heat input, which include large fire tubes and nearly all water tube units, flue gas recirculation (FGR) and selective catalytic reduction (SCR) are the strategies that are primarily used to reduce NOx emissions. Read more.   

October 2015

Steps to Select the Proper Industrial Watertube Boiler  

When a process application requires higher pressures, large quantities of steam or the possibility of additional heat through integrally mounted superheaters, an industrial watertube (IWT) boiler is the best solution. IWT boilers are noted for their fast steaming capability. Steam is generated quickly due to the boiler's relativity low water content. This allows it to respond rapidly to changing load demands. To select the proper IWT boiler for an application, consider these six basic evaluation steps. Read more. 

September 2015

Firetube Boiler Design and Engineering Part II 

There are different types of firetube boiler designs, including dry back and we back ones with either an integral or gun burner. No matter the type, in a firetube boiler both radiant and convective forces work to transfer heat from the burner to the water within the vessel. Read more. 

August 2015

Firetube Boiler Design and Engineering Part 1

The firetube boiler has been around for more than a century, powering the steamboats and steam locomotives that played a major role in the industrialization of America. Today, a broad range of industries count on the firetube boiler to provide comfort heating and process heating where higher temperatures and pressures are required. Read more.

July 2015

Correctly Matching Burner to Boiler in a Retrofit

To properly execute a burner retrofit, a burner's flame shape and length, or flame envelope, must be matched to the furnace or combustion chamber. This ensures a high heat transfer without impinging on the furnace walls on a manner that could be detrimental to the furnace or convection pass materials. Read more.   

June 2015

Analyzing Boiler Room Control Data to Improve Operations 

Today's boiler room controls are capable of generating a lot of data. Being able to understand the data and how to apply it will help a facility reduce energy costs and conserve resources as well as improve uptime and safety. Read more.  

May 2015

Conducting a Boiler Room Assessment

Properly conducted, a boiler room assessment helps increase efficiency, sustainability, reliability and safety. Any facility that consistently focuses on these areas will perform at its optimal level. For most facilities, an outside specialist should conduct the boiler room assessment because it requires a specific methodology and expertise.  Read more.

April 2015

Understanding Boiler Safety Controls 

Boilers have a number of built-in controls to protect the equipment, operating personnel and facility from disaster. Advancements in boiler design and control systems have improved boiler safety and efficiency over the years, but these advancements are no substitute for an ongoing maintenance program.  Read more.

March 2015

Do I Need a Deaerator?  

Water is a universal solvent that contains dissolved or soluble gasses, which are highly corrosive when exposed to boilers and boiler system components. Water comes in contact with various minerals in the ground, which when dissolved end up in a boiler’s feedwater and need to be removed. Deaeration is one of the best ways to remove oxygen and carbon dioxide in boiler feedwater. Other impurities can be controlled through a good water treatment program, including proper chemicals and dosing of the substances.   Read more.    

February 2015

Steps To Reduce Steam Energy Losses 

The fuel spend in a manufacturing or process operation is a significant part of the company's operating budget. Studies show the plants waste as much as $0.27 to $0.39 of every dollar due to poor energy practices. Identifying and correcting steam energy losses can add thousands of dollars to a company's bottom line. Read more.  

January 2015

The Basic 10 for Boiler Tuning

Boiler tuning is necessary to maintain efficiency as well as to ensure reliability and safety. Tuning the burner during the spring and again in the fall is recommended because of the dramatic air temperature and density changes that occur during these seasons. Read more.