Boiler and Types of Boilers

A boiler is a closed tanker in which fluid (commonly water) is tempestuous. The water does not automatically boil. The heated or vaporized water exits the boiler for use in various processes or heating applications, including water heating, central heating, boiler-based power generation, cooking, and sanitation.

Types of Boiler

Different types of boilers are available in the market, which are manufactured by different manufacturers. 

Shell and Tube Boiler

Shell and tube boilers are further assign to as fire tube boilers.

Fire tube boilers

Accommodate long steel tubes over which the hot gasses from a furnace pass and everywhere which the water to be transfer to steam circulates. Fire tube boilers, typically have a lower basic amount, are more fuel efficient and accessible to operate. Their volume are up to 20 tons/hr and 16.5 kg/ cm2.

Cornish Boiler

These are the first form of high pressure fire tube boiler. These subsist of long horizontal cylinder with single large chimney accommodate fire. Fuel is added in the grate area where it burn to produce hot gases. The hot gases transfer the heat to the water and after some time it starts boiling to make steam.  

Fire-Tube Boiler

Attendant, water moderately capacity a boiler drum with a small volume left above to accommodate the steam (steam space). Its type of boiler used in approximately all steam locomotives. The heat source is inside a firebox that has elected stored forever encircled by the water in order to maintain the temperature of the heating surface lower the boiling point.  Fire-tube boilers usually have a generally low rate of steam manufacture, but great steam storage volume. Fire tube boilers mostly burn solid fuels, but are readily willing to those of the liquid or gas variety. Fire-tube boilers may also be referred to as “scotch-marine” or “marine” type boilers.

Water-Tube Boiler

 Water tube boilers can be construct to handle any heat source and are generally preferred in high-pressure applications since the high-pressure water/steam is accommodate within small diameter pipes which can combat the pressure with a delicate wall. These boilers are commonly constructed in place, roughly square in shape, and can be multiple stories tall

Flash Boiler

A flash boiler is a specialized type of water-tube boiler in which tubes are close together and water is pumped through them. A flash boiler conflict with from the type of mono-tube steam achieve in which the tube is forever brimming with water. In a flash boiler, the tube is preserved so hot that the water feed is expeditiously flashed into steam and super-heated. Flash boilers had some use in automobiles in the 19th century and this use continued into the early 20th century.

Sometimes the two above types have been combined in the following manner: the firebox contains an assembly of water tubes, called thermionic siphons. The gases then pass through a regular fire tube boiler. Water-tube fireboxes were equipped in many emaciated locomotives. In a cast iron sectional boiler, frequently called a “pork chop boiler” the water is accommodate inside cast iron sections. These sections are assembled on site to create the finished boiler.

Chimney throws these gases out of the boiler into the atmosphere. Maximum heat transfer is taken place at fire tube and shell section then taken place at side flue and at last at bottom flue.

For efficiency, the boiler was commonly encased beneath by a brick-built chamber.

Lancashire Boiler

The Lancashire boiler is similar to the Cornish, but has two large flues containing the fires. Pressure range of the boiler is about 0.7 MPa to 2 MPa and efficiency is 65 to 70%. Fuel in these boilers is added into the grate which heats the gases.

Hot gases enter the front section of the boiler and leave the boiler from back and then enter the bottom flue and start moving to front section of boiler. At front section hot gases leave the bottom flue and enter in side flue and move again towards the back of the boiler and enter the main outlet. 85% of heat is transferred when hot gases are in fire tube while 15% is transferred when they are in bottom and side fluid.

Locomotive Boiler

A locomotive boiler has three main components

  1. Double-walled firebox
  2. Horizontal, cylindrical “boiler barrel” containing a large number of small flue-tubes
  3. Smoke box with chimney, for the exhaust gases.

Fuel is burned to produce the hot gases. Fuel is feed through fire hole. Hot gases are diverted to fire tube with the help of fire brick arch. Steam is collected in the steam drum which is placed at the top of the shell.

The wet steam goes through inlet headers of super heater and after passing through tubes, it returns to the outlet header of super heater and is taken out for steam engine.
Locomotive-type boilers are also used in traction engines, steam rollers, portable engines etc.

On the basis of construction these can be classified wet back boilers and dry back boilers.

Reversal Chamber Boiler

This is the posterior portion of the combustion chamber through which the flue gases travel from the first pass (furnace) to the second-pass tubes

Wet Back Boiler

In wet back boiler, as the name suggests the reversal chamber is completely surrounded by water. The combustion reversal chamber is surrounded by water and therefore the heat in the flue gases is optimally utilized. Radiation losses are reduced as none of the parts of the combustion chamber are open to atmosphere instead they are surrounded by water. That means fewer losses, and lesser fuel bills. Most efficient modern boilers supplied are wetback type

Dry Back Boiler

The reversal chamber in dry back boilers is not completely surrounded by water. The posterior part is exposed to the atmosphere. This leads to the increased radiation losses, as the radiant heat is lost to the atmosphere instead of going to the water as in wet back boilers. Earlier generation boilers used to be dry back thus wet back boilers ensure lesser radiation losses and hence save fuel.

The layout of the tubes involves the number of passes the tube will make to pass the heat from the boiler furnace before being discharged. These can be two- pass and three pass boiler.

Depending upon the layout of tubes boilers can be two pass or three pass boilers.

Two-pass Boiler

In two pass boiler, the combustion gases travels twice in the boiler. Combustion gases should be cooled before entering the reversal chamber.

Three-pass Boiler

A three pass boiler design provides three opportunities for heat transfer. The stack temperature of 3 pass will be lower than that of 2 pass boiler, of the same design and operating pressure. It has more efficiency than of two pass boiler.

Each pass in boiler should be designed with cross sectional area to achieve optimal flue gas velocity, which in turn maximizes heat transfer while also minimizing performance robbing soot build up within the tubes.

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