Silica in boiler water

Ghosh, P (1988) Silica in boiler water. Anti-Corrosion Methods and Materials, 35 (10). pp. 8-14.

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Steam contamination (solid particles in the superheated steam) comes from the boiler water largely in the carry-over of water droplets. The need for extreme purity of steam for use in high pressure turbines has prompted the development of highly satisfactory devices for separating steam and water in a boiler drum. Consequently, steam contamination has been steadily reduced. Troublesome turbine blade deposits may occur with surprisingly low (0.6 ppm) total solids contamination in steam. In the 3.5–6 MPa range, however these deposits are usually water soluble and can be removed by periodic washing. In the 4 to 10 MPa range, however, silica deposits predominate and these deposits are not easily removed by water washing. With operating pressure of 13 MPa and above insoluble deposits do occur which may be controlled by residual water washing. Before the unit is returned to service, the deposits should be removed by air or water-driven turbine cleaners or by chemical cleaning.

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Uncontrolled Keywords:Silica; Boiler water
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