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Power Plant Boilers: Condenser Performance

Brad Bueker, Power Engineering Summary The steam condenser of a power plant boiler is a critical heat exchanger in the process. Poor performance due to restricted heat transfer can have a dramatic influence on unit efficiency. And, condenser tube leaks will introduce impurities to the...

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Coal-Fired Power M&O: Enhancing Wet-Limestone Scrubber Efficiency

Brad Buecker and Ron Rosinski, POWER Engineering Summary Introduction While many coal-fired power plants in the United States have ceased operation in the last decade, a large number remain in operation. In other parts of the world, coal-fired power continues to represent a major share...

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The Integral Benefits of Iron Monitoring for Steam Generation Chemistry Control

Brad Bueker, Ken Kuruc and Luke Johnson Summary In the early 1980s, researchers had concluded that dissolved oxygen (DO) ingress into condensate/feedwater was a prime factor for carbon steel corrosion (and unarguably corrosion of copper alloys) during normal operation of utility steam...

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Going Against the Flow: Better Chemistry at Combined Cycle and Co-Generation Plants - Part 2

Brad Buecker, ChemTreat, Power Engineering Summary Author's Note: Part 1 of this article provided an overview of several of the most important water/steam chemistry issues that presently face steam generation operating and technical personnel. In this Part 2 of the article, we will...