Marine boilers information
Know-how is the keystone of all marine boilers operations; pioneer Scotch marine boilers as well as modern water-tube marine boilers, and exhaust gas economizers; they all require skilled engineers to operate them.
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Marine boilers alarm and trip functions
Marine boiler control automatic
Marine boiler Control
Marine boiler Safety
Fail-safe, Marine boiler control
Marine Boilers Steam and Water
Marine Boilers Heavy Fuel Oil
Marine boilers water level control
Two marine boiler operations
Marine boilers HFO firing
Marine boilers Smoke Density Meter
Waste oil firing in marine boilers
Heat transfer media: steam, oil and water
A Scotch steam boiler consists of a steam drum and one to four fire-tubes in which furnaces heats the steam boiler. A water-tube
Marine boiler is a steam generator consisting of a steam drum and water-drums and tubes which are exposed to the heat of a furnace and arranged so
as to promote rapid water circulation in the steam boiler.
At high pressure, providing a more positive means of maintaining the circulation becomes desirable and advantageous.
The Controlled Circulation Boiler design is an ideal arrangement for steamships in the high pressure range. With its features of positive
circulation, compactness, light weight, suitability for high pressure and temperature, and adaptability to limited space conditions,
Boilers with Controlled Circulation can offer important advantages for advanced steamships design.
Steam boilers In tracing the history of the boilers development and application of marine boilers, it's interesting that some of the basic requirements have always applied, although from time to time the emphasis has shifted from one requirement to another
Babcock Wilcox steam boilers In a Babcock & Wilcox Water Tube Boiler are the water-tubes lying, but slightly inclining towards the boiler front
Belleville steam boilers The boiler feedwater was fed into the to the feedwater collector, at the lower end of the tubes, by means of an automatic feedwater controller
Carlsund steam boilers Still very low steam pressure but you can see some of the Scotch boiler's ideas already used
Combustion Engineering V2M8 steam boilers V2M8 Boiler whose major design features are the gastight waterwall furnace and the vertical in-line inverted U-loop superheater
Combustion Engineering V2M9 steam boilers The most outstanding feature of the V2M9 boiler is the combustion
Cochran steam boiler The Cochran boiler has a dome-shaped furnace top that forms the bottom of the boiler itself
Composite steam boiler Composite boilers are combination of oil-fired boilers and exhaust gas economizers
Eckrohr steam boiler Eckrohr Boiler, Corner Tube Boiler, is a boiler for all kinds of fuel. Originally it got its name because it has downcomers in the four corners
Exhaust Gas steam boilers Exhaust Gas Boilers also known as Exhaust Gas Economizers, with extended heating surface, used for waste heat recovery in motor ships
Fraser steam boiler These boilers didn't have tubes, but plate-ducts for the exhaust gases to pass through the water space
Gunboat steam boilers The gunboat boilers were, as the name indicates, used in small navy ships such as gunboats, escort vessels and corvettes where the width and the height were limited
Howden-Johnson, a hybrid Scotch steam boiler The Howden-Johnson boiler tried to improve the poor water circulation in the common Scotch fire-tube boilers by adding water-tubes in a dry-back combustion chamber
LaMont, Forced circulation steam boiler The LaMont boiler is a once-through or semi-flash boiler in which the boiler water is circulated by means of a pump through long closely spaced tubes of small diameter
Normand steam boilers The main difference between the Normand boiler and the Yarrowboiler is the external downcomers.
Nuclear steam boiler Nowadays nuclear boilers are used in large navy ships and icebreakers serving in Arctic waters
Prud'Hon Capus, a hybrid Scotch steam boiler It was claimed that this modification made the Prud'Hon Capus boiler 10 per cent more efficient than conventional Scotch fire-tube marine boilers
Schulz steam boilers Schulz boiler has three water drums at the bottom; connected to the steam drum by means of bended tubes that discharge below the water level in the steam drum
Scotch marine boilers with one to four furnaces
Steam generators, once through boilers The steam generator is a mono tube flash boiler. "Once through boiler" means that the feedwater enters into one end of a heated tube and steam exits from the other end
Stirling boiler The Stirling Boiler was originally built by The Stirling Consolidated Boiler Company in Baberton, Ohio, U.S.A., until 1906, when Babcock and Wilcox bought the design from them
Sunrod boiler In a Sunrod boiler a waterwall makes a gas-tight furnace from which the flue gases pass through the Sunrod pin tube elements to the smoke-box on the top of the boiler. The Sunrod boilers are nowadays manufactured by Aalborg Boilers.
Thornycroft boiler These boilers have an upward narrowing shape and call for, especially if they are placed side by side, a larger space than other square-shaped boilers
Water tube boiler A water-tube boiler consists of a large number of closely spaced water-tubes connected to one or more drums, which act as water pockets and steam separators, giving rapid water circulation and quick steaming
Yarrow boiler A Yarrow boiler consist of an upper steam drum connected by banks of inclined water-tubes to two lower water drums
Advanced methods to measure and control the water level in a marine boiler. Using one level method for controlling the marine boiler level and
another for the level alarms and boiler trip-functions would be quite wise. Differential pressure transmitter is a common method for measuring
the level in a marine boiler.
Marine boiler level differential pressure This boiler level measuring method uses a differential pressure measuring system with "wet leg", that is, the impulse pipes to the positive measuring point below the lowest water level and the impulse pipe to the negative measuring point above the highest water level, are both filled with water
Marine boiler level capacitance electrode An insulated electrode is placed in the boiler and the length should be sufficient to reach the water at all acceptable levels. The insulated electrode and the boiler work as a capacitor with the water and the steam as a variable dielectric medium
Marine boiler level conductivity electrode It's normally one boiler level electrode for emergency low water level alarm, or two electrodes if also high level alarm is required. This water level sensing method is also common on small boilers for start and stop of the feedwater pumps
Marine boiler level float Boiler level float switches have been used for decades as level switches in boilers, but nowadays electrodes have replaced them
Marine boiler level displacer A boiler level displacer (a float heavier than the water) is suspended to a spring balance by means of a stainless steel cable or a rod
Water soot washing
Infrasonic soot cleaning
Steal balls soot cleaning
Rapping soot cleaning
Combustion air preheater
The marine boiler feadwater system is very important for the steam production. The steam boiler feedwater quality is essential to protect
the marine boiler from harm. Beware of oil in the marine boilers feedwater system.
Oil in marine boilers feedwater Beware of oil in the boilers feedwater system
Marine boilers feedwater heating The first and most important use for the exhaust steam is to heat the feedwater, since all of the heat of the exhaust steam so utilized is returned undiminished to the boilers
Marine boilers feedwater treatment The presence of impurities in boiler feedwater is a constant source of concern to the operating personnel, because it affects not only the efficiency of the boiler, but also its safety
Marine boiler scale The mineral and organic substances present in natural water supplies vary greatly in their relative proportions, but are principally comprised under the carbonates, sulphates and chlorides of lime, magnesia and sodium, iron and aluminum salts, silicates, mineral and organic acids, and the gases oxygen and carbon dioxide.
Corrosion within Marine boilers The boiler corrosion process is essentially an oxidationl reduction reaction. It may occur in various forms including the special form known as caustic cracking. The most usual forms, however, are pittings and general wastage
Marine boiler water treatment The importance of the correct method of applying treatment chemicals cannot be over-stressed. Additions of hydrazine to the feedwater into the feed system must be continuous and sufficient quantity to remove the last traces of oxygen from the feedwater and to leave a small excess
Marine boiler water test Because of the inherent difficulties involved in any attempt at automatic control of feedwater treatment, it is necessary that the exact condition of the boiler water be known from day to day, in order that necessary treatment can be applied for the correction of any unsatisfactory conditions which may exist
Boiling out a marine boiler Boiling out before the boiler is placed in service to remove any foreign products
Care of idle marine boilers Several methods are available for storing idle boilers to prevent corrosion. The choice will depend on whether or not long term storage is required or if, for short time storage, the boiler need to be available at short notice
Marine boilers today are mainly HFO fired. Different methods are used to atomize the fuel before the combustion in the steam bolers furnaces.
Fuel Oil Atomizing Some methods are suitable for heavy fuel oil, and others are better to be used with diesel oil
Fuel pressure jet atomizer The pressure jet atomizer utilizes the supply pressure energy to atomize the fuel into a spray of finely dispersed droplets
Intenal mix steam atomizer The burner lance consists of two concentric tubes, a one-piece nozzle and a sealing nut. The media supplies are arranged so that the steam is supplied down the centre tube and the fuel oil through the outer tube
External mix steam atomizer The steam-assisted pressure jet burners atomizer is designed to make full use of pressure jet atomization at high outputs and full use of blast atomization at low outputs
Rotary cup atomizer The fuel oil flows at low pressure into the conical spinning cup where it distributes uniformly on the inner surface and throws off the cup rim as a very fine oil film
Low pressure air atomizer The principle is similar to that of the rotary-cup-atomizer, but the fuel is forced to rotate in a fixed cup by means of a forcefully rotating primary airflow
Blue flame burner atomizer In the blue flame burner some of the hot gases from the flame are recirculated back to the inlet where they mix with and heat the combustion air
Velocity in marine boiler control valves
Velocity in marine boiler pipes
Viscosity Dynamic, marine boiler fuel
Viscosity Kinematic, marine boiler fuel
Glossary of Steam Boiler Terms
Steam Boiler sites
In tracing the history of the marine boilers development and application of marine boilers, it's interesting that some of the basic requirements have always applied, although from time to time the emphasis has shifted from one requirement to another. In the beginning, space and weight limitations were not considered to be as important as other factors, and yet at later stages the emphasis on those items brought about the development of new types of marine boilers. Generally, it has been the economic or military need for increased propulsion power that has instigated significant advances in marine boiler design. The earliest types of steam boilers were relatively large pressure vessels, with furnaces located underneath them, but it soon became apparent that such exterior furnaces were far from satisfactory, and they were then located inside the marine boilers shell. The marine boiler exterior had now developed into an approximate cube, Fraser marine boiler, and no matter how heavily stayed, its flat exterior placed very low limits on the steam pressure that could be carried and also left much to be desired from a maintenance and safety standpoint. The internal furnaces and tubes, however, were cylindrical and entirely satisfactory for the demands of their time. By 1870, marine boiler steam pressures had reached only 4 bar; by 1900 the marine boiler steam pressure had increased to about 20 bar.
To overcome the steam boiler's structural weaknesses and at the same time reduce cost of fabrication, the marine boiler shell was made
cylindrical with provision to install one or more combustion chambers, fire-tubes, between the two flat sides of the boiler shell. Known as the
Scotch marine boilers, this boilers as finally developed, met with wide and enthusiastic approval by marine engineers. Although minor changes
have been made throughout the years, the boiler's design has remained much the same and its qualities of ruggedness, reliability, ease of maintenance,
and ability to stand abuse made it -- until recently -- the most popular boilers in the marine boiler field. Even though the Scotch marine
boilers proved to be popular and well suited for steamships, the fact that its steam pressure was limited to 20 bar retarded the progress.
The single-ended return tube Scotch boiler consists of a cylindrical boiler shell of large diameter and short length, provided with two or more furnaces i.e. corrugated fire-tubes. Each furnace ends in a combustion chamber, surrounded by water. The gases pass through a bank of flue-tubes from the combustion chamber to the smoke-box at the boiler front.
A Scotch marine boiler contained large quantity of water, about six times more than a water-tube boiler, and was therefore slow to steam up and to change the output steam capacity. Due to the Scotch boiler's stiff construction it required also a long steaming up period to avoid leaks caused by thermal expansion of the material.
There was a realization that advanced steam boiler designs with greater steam generating capacity, higher pressure, and increased efficiency
were needed to meet the changing requirements brought about by the development of turbine propulsion machinery. Stiff commercial competition among
merchant fleets as well as various naval powers made these developments most urgent. Marine engineers began to adapt various types of water
tube boilers to fit into the restricted space available for installations aboard steamships, Some adaptations proved highly advantageous
with respect to heat transfer and weight, and offered a variety of designs suitable for steam pressures in excess of the maximum of fire-tube boiler types.
Thus, new possibilities were presented for the utilization of steam aboard steamships. Even though the water-tube boiler almost has
replaced the fire-tube boiler, Old steamships with Scotch marine boilers are still sailing in salt-water as well as lake-water,
managed by enthusiastic marine boiler engineers. These boilers are often new build from the original marine boiler drawings.
A Yarrow boiler consist of an upper steam drum connected by banks of inclined water-tubes to two lower water drums
All the water-tubes discharge below the water level in the steam drum. The outer water-tubes function as down comer and the inner tubs function as evaporating tubes. This causes violent circulation of the water in the boiler and separate downcomers are not needed. To maintain such a circulation, the water level in the steam drum must always be kept well over the external tube-ends.
The furnace is placed between the lower drums and the flue gases flows between the tubes on both sides of the boiler steam drum. Yarrow boilers were widely used in the navy of many countries. Later Yarrow boilers had bended tubes to improve the elasticity of the boiler construction.
By locating the marine boilers fixed points of support at approximately midheight of the boiler, expansion of the lower portion of the boiler is downward and expansion of the upper portion of the boiler is upward. This arrangement results in reduced amplitudes of the boiler expansion as compared to those which would occur if the boiler was supported at the bottom. In order to avoid problems of tube vibration in the boiler's convection generating bank, Combustion Engineering's designers placed a limitation on the dimensions between steam and water drums. Many of the higher powered ships have experienced severe vibration problems and it is essential that the boiler components must be designed to avoid natural frequencies which are within the range of low frequency excitations.
At high boiler pressure, providing a more positive means of maintaining the circulation becomes desirable and advantageous.
The Controlled Circulation Boiler design is an ideal arrangement for boilers in the high pressure range. With its features of positive circulation, compactness, light weight, suitability for high steam pressure and temperature, and adaptability to limited space conditions, Steam Boilers with Controlled Circulation can offer important advantages for advanced steamships boiler design.
A number of factors determine the configuration of a marine boiler furnace. First of all, the type of steam boiler under consideration sets some of the furnace dimensions; fire room space limitations, service requirements, and burner arrangement also influence the furnace layout. The furnace arrangement must also conform to criteria which are prerequisites for proper thermal and circulation performance. The amount of waterwall surface determines the furnace exit-gas temperature that is most significant in the design of the steam boiler's superheater. Practical requirements must also be considered; for instance, the firing equipment must be located where it can be easily operated.
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My name is Lars Josefsson. I am from Sweden and I have worked with marine boilers and heavy fuel oil burners almost all my life. During the years I have designed automatic control systems for more than one hundred boilers for ships that are sailing on the seven seas today in tankers, cruise liner, general cargo ships, etc
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