Steam Boiler Safety by Design

On Demand Until 3/13/2019

Duration:60 minutes


Today, there is a commonly accepted belief in the boiler industry that watertube boilers are intrinsically safer than firetube boilers due to their design. In his book, “Boiler Operator’s Workbook,” a well-accepted reference tool, the author R. Dean Wilson writes “Why is an explosion generally less disastrous in a watertube boiler than in a firetube boiler?”

“In a watertube boiler, the large volume of water is distributed into many small tubes, and the volume of water in the drum is comparatively small. If one water tube bursts, the pressure in the entire pressure vessel is bled off slowly, and the tendency of the large body of water to flash into steam is minimized...”

“In a firetube boiler, a sudden crack in the shell or a flue pulled loose at the end causes the entire body of water to be subjected to a sudden and substantial drop in pressure. The huge volume of flash steam that results can cause an explosion of tremendous force.”

Since Steam Boiler Safety should never be a variable, but an absolute, this webinar will explore “Steam Boiler Safety by Design.”

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