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Preventing Salt Buildup in Steam Turbine

This another interesting article that i read from the Cheresources newsletter.

How can we prevent what appears to be some kind of salt buildup in our steam turbine?

The problem that's occurring may not be a salt buildup. The most likely cause is silica buildup. Steam acts as a very good solvent for silica which actually can vaporize in your boiler along with the water. The solution to this problem is to minimize the silica content of your boiler feed water.

Experienced operators seems to agree that a maximum silica content of 0.02 ppm in the boiler feed water should solve this problem. You can read more about this issue at:


posted by Kipas Repair JB @ 12:48 AM,


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