This is a practical desk book on water tube boilers for practicing engineers and a reference book for students of heat and power. It has been written by an experienced boiler professional with an all-round techno commercial background of nearly four decades. Let me hasten to dispel a possible interpretation of a “practical book” as a book dealing with only nuts and bolts.
On the contrary, this book delves into the theoretical aspects required for a practicing boiler engineer. It tries to recapitulate and build on the forgotten fundamentals of a busy power engineer, providing a higher level of understanding and a wider exposure to various modern boiler and firing technologies.
This book, after providing a brief (but deep) theoretical background of scientific topics involved in boiler technology (namely, heat transfer, fluid flow, combustion, fuels, water, and materials) goes on to describe the different contemporary construction details and thereafter elaborates on the various industrial and utility boilers based on the different combustion systems.
Profusely illustrated with design and practical data, it is positioned as a desk book for any boiler engineer, and is meant to be consulted every now and then. Reader friendliness is most essential for a technical book that covers a lot of ground. There is a lot of design data provided in this book through charts, graphs, guidelines, and comparisons, which are needed by a reader.
To make referencing easy, such data are collated and presented as lists of references and useful data in the front matter and appendices that definitely add to the utility of this book for beginners as well as the experienced. They are
• A set of frequently needed process calculations of a boiler.
• Glossary providing ready definitions to a number of commonly used (or misused) boiler terms.
This book is written with the following people in mind:
• Consultants who require a broad perspective and a peripheral, but accurate, understanding to be able to specify and engineer a boiler plant, both at bid and detailed engineering stages.
• Boiler designers who need to deepen their understanding of the fundamentals and construction features.
• Operating engineers who need to know the why and how facts about various boilers that they encounter.
• Project execution professionals who need to know both the macro and micro details of boiler plants.
• Graduates and postgraduate students opting for courses in heat power or boiler technology who need practical inputs.
In fact, this book should be of interest to any engineer in the field of power who wants to know more about contemporary boilers. Engineers in lower and middle management levels and who still must battle with technicalities and management issues should find this volume particularly interesting and directly useful.
There has always been a gap in the technical literature of boilers, which is a mature and vastly multidisciplinary subject. Mostly one has to learn about boilers, peripherally, as part of power plants and slowly build knowledge on that platform in practice. It has been even more challenging to learn about industrial boilers, as they have been the poor cousins of utility boilers in relation to available data.
Information on boiler parts and subsystems has always been manufacturer-specific and scattered and scanty. Books such as Steam and Combustion have been of great help, but they are more like handbooks and are OEM specific. There has been no easy route to learn about boilers. It is this long disjointed process that is intended to be short-circuited with this book by adopting a different route, a different approach.
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