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Boiler Tubes are metal tubes located inside of boilers that heat water in order to produce steam. There are two major types of tube boilers: water-tube boilers and fire-tube boilers.

In water-tube boilers, water circulates inside the tubes and is heated externally by hot gases generated by the furnace. With fire-tube boilers, hot gas passes through one or many tubes, which through thermal conduction, heats the water surrounding them. Boiler tubes are susceptible to certain damage mechanisms, including:

In order to help prevent boiler tube failures, in 1985 the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) developed the model for a Boiler Tube Failure Reduction (BTFR) Program. The implementation of this program has greatly reduced the costs associated with failures.

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September/October 2014 Inspectioneering Journal

Maintaining mechanical integrity for aging power boilers can be challenging. This article provides a case study on how mitigating one damage mechanism led to the discovery of another, and how refinery engineers collaborated with industry experts to...

July/August 2012 Inspectioneering Journal

Boiler and heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) tube failures have been the primary availability problem for operators of conventional fossil-fueled and combined-cycle power plants for as long as reliable statistics have been kept for each...

Authors: Kent Coleman
May/June 1995 Inspectioneering Journal

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Authors: James L. Doyle
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