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GLRPPR Sector Resource: Boiler Tune-up Guide for Natural Gas and Light Fuel Oil Operation

Boiler Tune-up Guide for Natural Gas and Light Fuel Oil Operation

This Guidebook is divided into eight specific sections. First, the general introduction section initiates the boiler tune-up discussions. The second section is a general discussion of boiler efficiency and the influence combustion control has on efficiency. A primary goal of a boiler tune-up is to improve, and even optimize, boiler efficiency with respect to combustion operations. However, as stated previously, combustion management is only one aspect of boiler efficiency control and boiler efficiency is only one arena of steam system management. Because boiler combustion tuning investigations require an understanding of typical combustion control methods, the basic control methods are discussed in the third section of the Guidebook. Fourth, this Guidebook identifies the typical field activities associated with tuning a boiler. Fifth, methods for evaluating the economic impact associated with tuning a boiler are presented. Generally, identifying the economic impact of a tune-up is not a simple case of monitoring a fuel flow meter before and after the tune-up procedures. Most commonly the operating conditions of the boiler are too variable to allow a side-by-side comparison to be effective. As a result, indirect techniques will be presented that will provide an accurate and repeatable analysis of the tune-up. Sixth, a basic discussion of the environmental impacts that can be expected with a boiler tune-up activity are presented. The seventh section provides general reference data that can be useful in boiler tune-up evaluations. The eighth section is a list of general references that may prove useful in tune-up activities.


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