March 2014

Special Report: Corrosion Control

Case study: Service life assessment of boiler superheater tubes

Boilers are used in petrochemical facilities to generate steam that can be used to meet process and utility requirements. Many industrial boiler designs can be shop assembled and are therefore referre..

van Zyl, G., Al-Meshari, A., SABIC Technology Centre; Al-Shahrani, S., SABIC Technology Center

Boilers are used in petrochemical facilities to generate steam that can be used to meet process and utility requirements. Many industrial boiler designs can be shop assembled and are therefore referred to as package boilers. Package boilers are indispensable components in a plant and must be kept in good working order to accomplish sustainable operation and production. Boiler failures may result in huge direct and indirect economic losses that include replacement costs, repair costs and unscheduled shutdowns. Failure prevention can be achieved by implementing effective inspection strategies and conducting regular condition assessment tests, particularly when the boiler has had a long servi

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