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Power Plant Instrumentation and Control Handbook by Ajay Kumar Debnath, Swapan Basu

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2. Steam Generator: Boiler

As discussed very briefly in Clause 1 of this chapter, the steam generation plant, or boiler, forms one of the fundamental units of thermal power plants; it is nothing but the practical and sophisticated representation of a basic heat engine that follows the Rankine cycle. The term boiler can be used for subcritical steam generators; however, at pressures above this (i.e., super- or ultracritical application), the term boiler is not applicable because there is no boiling at all and the term steam generator is the most appropriate.
A boiler is a combination of several items that present a means for combustion to provide heat energy to be transferred to water until it becomes heated steam. There lies the function of the ...

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