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Chapter 63 Continuous blowdown/intermittent blowdown

Define Blowdown
Refers to removal of dissolved and suspended solids from boiler water
Continuous Blowdown
Ongoing process.
Small amount of the concentrated boiler water continuously drained.
Intermittent Blowdown
Performed on an as needed basis.
Larger quantities of water are periodically drained from boiler drain connections(intermittent).
blowdown depends
type of external water treatment (related to pressure boiler).
When a blowdown in a boiler would be less
If a boiler operates above 5000 kPa tend to used demineralized water(very pure).
Which units may required continuous/intermittent blowdown in special circumstances(start up)
Large stations.
steam generators.
When a blowdown in a boiler would be continuous or constant and intermittent once(1) per day
boilers operating below 5000 kpa using sodium zeolite or hot cold lime softening.
Which sections and ASME codes reefers to blowdown
Section VII ASME boiler and pressure vessel.
ASME B31.1 power piping.
CSA B51 code.
explain difference between the power plant terms blowdown blow off
blowdown is process of removal and the water sludge solution itself(continuous blowdown line ).
blow off is the actual equipment(CSA call blow off valves, blow off tank) but is not a rule.
how a steam boiler achieves high concentration of impurities:
When steam drawn off from boiler.
dissolved suspended solids left over from external water treat.
chemical injected into boiler.
Why CBD is necessary
to avoid formation of foaming and impurities carryover.
also formation of sludge.
In a boiler the point of highest dissolved solids concentration in the water is located
dissolved solid will concentrate where steam separates with water.
the highest concentration is a narrow zone just below normal operating level.
how the water with total dissolved solids(TDS) can be removed
At the highest concentration zone a long pipe with holes runs along the whole leg of the steam drum, it is connected by external pipe to a blow off tank or pond.
how TDS level in a boiler water is regulated using a continuous blowdown
the continuous blowdown depends of TDS.
a continuous blow off valve should be adjust for a routine water test.
Valve is a needle one with a valve position indicator(vernier valve).
how many valves a high pressure system needs for a continuous blowdown
More than 1 to control flow because discharge is an atmospheric pressure.
Effects of insufficient continuous blowdown
if valve is not opened enough, TDS will rise and foaming, carryover could occur(typical adjust would be a portion of a turn).
Effects of excessive continuous blowdown
if valve is opened too much, TDS will be low and boiler is meant to operate with high TDS water.
Expensive treated water waste.
What happen with CBD if a boiler used demineralized water
CBD line m or completely maybe almost or completely close under normal operation.
A typical flow rate in the CBD line of industrial power boiler that does not use demineralized water should be approximately
It is typical to have a flow rate of 1% OR MORE of the total steam flow rate
why is necessary use a heat recovery System
Because flow in CBD causes decrease in steam efficiency(water absorbs heat)
Describe a heat recovery system for continuous blowdown
*hot blowdown water flows from boiler through continuous blowdown line to the heat exchanger(water gives up its heat when flow through tubes)
*incoming feed water flows over the tubes in the heat exchanger(absorbs the heat)
*cooled CBD goes to sewer by way of blow down off tank
*feed water goes to deaerator with heat recaptured from CBD to steam drum.
how an intermittent blowdown is also called
bottom blowdown
what does the intermittent blowdown
removes undissolved or suspended solids from the boiler(lowest part of the boiler water space)
greatest concentration of solids is at the bottom of water space
where is located the highest concentration of solids in a water tube boiler
Mud drum
where is located the highest concentration of solids in a fire tube boiler
At the bottom of the shell
where is located the highest concentration of solids in large steam generators
Different locations, bottom of each water wall sections.
Intermittent blow off connection serves also as:
place where the water side of the boiler can be drained
The amount and frequency of intermittent blowdown depends of:
quality of boiler water(good water less interm blowdown)
how utility boilers do a intermittent blowdown
Routine daily task(everyday)
short period
how large steam generators do a intermittent blowdown
initial start up
shutting down
draining the boiler
with respect to circulation, describe the problem associate with the opening of blow-off valves on steam generators operating at very high pressures
blow off valves may NOT be opened under normal working conditions because cause temporary loss of water circulation in waterwall tubing section (TUBES CAN FAILURE FROM OVERHEATING).
List the main components associate with a boilers intermittent blowdown system
*Blow off tank(vessel or drum)
*blow off piping
*blow off valves
explain the need for use of a blow off tank with a high pressure steam boilers
*intermittent blowdown involves hot and high pressure water(it reduce to atmospheric pressure) because of this vapour or high temp. could damage sewer lines if goes directly.
the code that states the rules for installation of blow off tanks for boilers is
CSA code b 51
where the inlet line from boiler is positioned into the blow off tank
under water level so incoming hot water is submerged in the cooler water, also this water agitates water in tank so sludge is kept dispersed
How blow off tank discharges water
if new water enters, tank over flow to sewer carrying sludge along with water.
what kind of boilers required a blow off tank(vessel)
boilers at or above 103 k pa
Remote thermal stations required a blow off tank
NO because boiler below 103 kpa dont need blow of tank and discharge is in a different pound
blow off tank water temperature outlet should not exceed
65 C
B51 code also specified which requirements for a blow off tank
vessel and pipe thicknesses
design pressure
corrosion allowance fr thickness
inspection and cleaning access
which are the parts of a blow off tank(minimum inside diameters)
vent 76 mm.
pressure gauge connection 13 mm.
cold water connection
line to sewer 50 mm.
drain 38 mm.
antisyphon hole 19 mm. diameter
What is the ASME code for a blow off piping
ASME B31.1(specific materials, pressure ratings, required sizes)
Why is necessary allowance pipe for expansion and contraction
cause pipe experience rapid changes in temp. otherwise pipe will become stressed due to restricted thermal expansion worse if pipe attempt to expand against water tube parts or drums.
What is the ASME code that regulates blow off valves
ASME B 31.1
When a boiler is equipped with a slow and quick opening valve in tandem, the type of valve located nearest the boiler should be the
quick opening valve
how many blow off valves a high pressure boiler must have
if a high pressure boiler must have 2 opening valves what kind of valves would be use
1 fast and 1 slow opening valves or
2 slow opening valves
every high pressure boiler should have 2 opening valves, what are the characteristics of a slow opening valve
valve requires at least 5(five) 360 turns of the operating mechanism to change from full close to full open or viceversa.
If a boiler is equipped with 2 slow opening valves maybe of
hard seat
a slow opening valve could be
Y type
Angle type
why a quick opening valve is located near to the boiler
because acts as a sealing or guard
State the operating sequence for blowing down a boiler with a quick and slow opening valves
sealing or guard valve should be opened first and closed last; then blowing-off valve is opened last and closed first. In this way, the blowing valve will be subjected to wear due to the flow of abrasive water through it when starting to open and just before it closes. On the other hand, the guard valve will not wear as there is no fl ow through it when being opened or closed.
Why a blowing valve is slow opening
prevent water hammer(damage pipes and fittings) when blow off starts or ends
how does a seat less slow opening valve works
uses a cylindrical piston(valve element)
piston has a hard surface and holds abrasive effect
piston descends water in the valve
list 2 additional precautions to observe when blowing down a boiler
i. one person should watch the gauge glass level while another operates the blow-off valves. The valve operator should remain by the valves until the procedure is complete.
ii. When there are several boilers in a battery or header arrangement, the valves and boilers should be visibly numbered or identify, so there is no chance of blowing down the wrong boiler.
when a slow opening valves incorporates a third one (gate valve)
when boilers uses 2 seatless slow opening valves
State the advantage of a seatless type of blow down valve over other types
This type of valve uses a cylindrical piston as the valve element. This piston has a hard surface, ideally suited to withstand the abrasive effect of blowdown water. As the piston descends into the valve body, it displaces water in the valve.
what are the arrangements if a third valve is used in blowdown(seat less valve)
is usually wide open
is closed if boiler is shutdown
is closed if first slow opening valve requires repair or replacement.