Environmental degradation of boiler components
N.J. Simms, Cranfield University, UK
During the operation of a boiler it is anticipated that there will be a range of interactions between the boiler components and their operating environments. These interactions are often classified in terms of deposition, erosion or corrosion, and can all degrade the operation of the boiler, either in terms of restricting heat transfer or reducing the potential lives of the boiler components. Understanding and modelling the mechanisms of such interactions enables their extent and effects to be reduced, e.g. by changing the operating environments or the materials used in the boilers. As a result, the efficiency of boiler operations can be improved ...