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Boiler feed system operation and maintenance procedure

Balancing boiler feed input and steam output: During operation the feed system must maintain a balance between feed input and steam output, together with a normal water level in the boiler.



The condenser sea water boxes are protected by sacrificial mild steel plates which must be renewed regularly. The tube plates should be examined at the same time to ensure no erosion has taken place as a result of too high a circulating water speed. Any leaking tubes will cause feedwater contamination, and where this is suspected the condenser must be tested.

Extraction pumps should be checked regularly to ensure that the sealing arrangements are preventing air from entering the system. It is usual with most types of glands to permit a slight leakage of water to ensure lubrication of the shaft and the gland.

Air ejectors will operate inefficiently if the ejector nozzles are coated or eroded. They should be inspected and cleaned or replaced regularly. The vacuum retaining valve should be checked for air tightness and also the ejector casing.

Boiler feed pump

Fig:Boiler feed pump


The various heat exchangers should be checked regularly for tube leakages and also the cleanliness of the heat-exchange surfaces. Turbo-feed pumps are started with the discharge valve closed in order to build up pressure rapidly and bring the hydraulic balance into operation. The turbine driving the pump will require warming through with the drains open before running up to speed and then closing the drains. The turbine overspeed trip should be checked regularly for correct operation and axial clearances should be measured, usually with a special gauge.



Summarized below more guidance for marine feed system:
  1. Open feed system for an auxiliary boiler - how it works
  2. In open feed system for an auxiliary boiler , the exhaust steam from the various services is condensed in the condenser. The condenser is circulated by sea water and may operate at atmospheric pressure or under a small amount of vacuum. The condensate then drains under the action of gravity to the hotwell and feed filter tank....


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  3. Closed feed system for an auxiliary boiler - operating principle
  4. A closed feed system for a high pressure watertube boiler supplying a main propulsion steam turbine is shown in Figure above. The steam turbine will exhaust into the condenser which will be at a high vacuum.

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  5. How De-aerator works in a boiler feed system
  6. The de-aerator completes the air and vapour removal process begun in the condenser. The condenser is a heat exchanger which removes the latent heat from exhaust steam so that it condenses and can be pumped back into the boiler

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  7. Heat exchangers in a boiler feed system /steam turbines
  8. The gland steam condenser, drains cooler and low-pressure feed heater are all heat exchangers of the shell and tube type. Each is used in some particular way to recover heat from exhaust steam by heating the feedwater which is circulated through the units.

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  9. Auxiliary Feed systems for boilers and steam turbines
  10. Where, for instance, steam-driven deck auxiliaries are in use, a separate auxiliary condenser operating at about atmospheric pressure will condense the incoming steam . An extraction pump will supply the condensate to an air ejector which will return the feedwater to the main system at a point between the gland steam condenser and the drains cooler.....

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    Boiler feed operation and maintenance
    Extraction pumps should be checked regularly to ensure that the sealing arrangements are preventing air from entering the system. It is usual with most types of glands to permit a slight leakage of water to ensure lubrication of the shaft and the gland.

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  11. Function of High pressure feed heater
  12. The high-pressure feed heater is a heat exchanger of the shell and tube type which further heats the feedwater before entry to the boiler. Further heat may be added to the feedwater without its becoming steam since its pressure has now been raised by the feed pump.....

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  13. Sea water circulation of coolers for lubricating oil, piston cooling, jacket water, charge air, turbo-charger
  14. The usual arrangement for motorships has been to have sea-water circulation of coolers for lubricating oil, piston cooling, jacket water, charge air, turbo-charger oil , fuel valve cooling, plus direct sea-water cooling for air compressors and evaporators.....

  15. Feed extraction pump - working procedure
  16. The extraction pump is used to draw water from a condenser which is under vacuum.The pump also provides the pressure to deliver the feed water to the de-aerator or feed pump inlet.

  17. How an air ejector works in a boiler feed system
  18. The air ejector draws out the air and vapours which are released from the condensing steam in the condenser. If the air were not removed from the system it could cause corrosion problems in the boiler. Also, air present in the condenser would affect the condensing process and cause a back pressure in the condenser.....

  19. Function of condenser in a feed system for boiler and steam turbine
  20. The condenser is a heat exchanger which removes the latent heat from exhaust steam so that it condenses and can be pumped back into the boiler. The feed system completes the cycle between boiler and turbine to enable the exhausted steam to return to the boiler as feedwater.




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