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Boilers for Power and Process

1st Edition

By Kumar Rayaprolu

CRC Press

811 pages | 488 B/W Illus.

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Boiler professionals require a strong command of both the theoretical and practical facets of water tube-boiler technology. From state-of-the-art boiler construction to mechanics of firing techniques, Boilers for Power and Process augments seasoned engineers’ already-solid grasp of boiler fundamentals. A practical explanation of theory, it delivers a balanced analysis of the conceptual and functional aspects of boiler design and evolution. Project managers, consultants, and graduate students will also benefit from this handy desk book, which:

- Describes boiler theory

- Elaborates on the parts and sub-assemblies of the boiler and its essential auxiliaries

- Explains firing systems, including FBC and HRSG

Insights from a Professional with Decades of Experience

Take advantage of the author’s rare techno-commercial perspective and decades of hands-on international experience with industrial and utility boiler systems. Boilers for Power and Process builds on fundamentals – heat transfer, fluid flow, combustion, and fuels – using hundreds of illustrations and tables, a glossary of key terms, and appendices outlining essential calculations required for common processes.

Ruthless Optimization Leads to Evolution

Examining the latest breakthroughs in boiler technology, this reference details the evolution and what the author calls “ruthless” optimization of firing systems and boilers in the last 150 years. It explains why only the most fuel-flexible, dynamically responsive, best-constructed boilers are used today. This company-neutral text discusses competing designs and why different systems are particularly useful and cost-effective for certain business sectors and global regions.

Succinct and easy to navigate, this text illustrates the practical business value and applications of different boilers, distilling the essential information, creating a must-have reference for an intimate understanding of boiler technology.

Table of Contents

Section I: Boiler Fundamentals

Boiler Basics


Classification of Boilers

Boiler Specifications

Scope of Boiler Plant

Heat Balance for Boiler Efficiency

Performance Testing of Boilers 

Boiler Evaluation

Boiler Design for Optimum Performance

Designing Boiler Codes

Capturing the Basic Design Data

Heat and Flow

Steam and Water Properties 

Heat Transfer 

Fluid Flow



Utilization of Steam

Fuels and Ash


Solid Fuels

Liquid Fuels 

Gaseous Fuels


Water Conditioning  


Water and Boiler 

Deaeration and Oxygen Scavenging 

Water and Steam Conditioning 


Boiler Materials  


Boiler Parts 

Boiler Steels 

Structural Steels 

Fundamentals of Metallurgy 

Properties of Steel in Brief 


Wear-Resistant Refractory Ceramic Materials


Section II: Boilers Parts and Auxiliaries

Heating Surfaces  


Evaporator Surfaces 

Superheater and Reheater

Back-End Equipment 



Fabricated Parts  


Unheated Pressure Parts 

Draft Plant Items 


Boiler Auxiliaries  



Dust-Collecting Equipment

Mechanical-Dust Collectors

Dry Electrostatic Precipitator

Fabric Filters

Wet Scrubbers 

Valves and Mountings

Soot Blowers 

Water-Level Indicators


Section III: Boilers and Firing

Industrial and Utility Boilers  

Water Tube Boilers for Industry and Power 

Industrial Boilers 

Utility Boilers 

Burner Firing

Oil and Gas Firing

Burners and Combustion

Duct Burners

Burner Management and Safety System

Oil- and Gas-Fired Boilers

Stoker Firing

Mechanical Stokers 

Mass Burning

Spreader Burning 

Stoker-Fired Boilers 

Fluidized Bed Combustion  

An Overview of Fluidized Bed Combustion 

Fluidized Bed Combustion Fundamentals 

Fluidized Bed Combustion Process—Pros and Cons 

Bubbling Fluidized Bed Combustion

Circulating Fluidized Bed Combustion

Utility Circulating Fluidized Bed Combustion

Range Boilers 

Ignifluid Boilers 

Pulverized Fuel Firing  

An Overview of Pulverized Fuel Firing 

Types of Firing

Milling Plant 


Pulverized Fuel Boilers 

Waste Gas Firing (Heat Recovery Steam Generators)

Waste Heat Boilers

Gas Turbines

Heat Recovery Steam Generators 

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Engineering