‘Our Boiler Feedwater Pumps Just Aren’t Performing Like Before’

‘Our Boiler Feedwater Pumps Just Aren’t Performing Like Before’

Author Gary Wamsley recalls his investigation into and solution for a boiler-feedwater-pump-performance issue at an industrial facility.

Years ago, as a technical leader in the utilities group of a large company, I was sent to an industrial facility in the Southeast to test the combustion efficiency of two 120,000-PPH steam boilers as part of a plan to reduce stack emissions and bring the boilers into compliance with new stricter emissions requirements.

During a preliminary inspection of the boilers and auxiliary systems, I noticed both of the 100-hp boiler feedwater pumps were running. That was not normal. The b

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