Industrial Boiler feed water in water treatment.
In the USA market alone it is estimated the manufacturing industry consumes over 400 millions of gallons per day (MGD) of water to produce steam. Approximately 60 millions of gallons per day (MGD) of water is sent to the blow down drains in manufacturing. Another approximate 300 millions of gallons per day (MGD) of steam is consumed for direct injection. All this steam required in manufacturing shares the same common need, “water”. But not only water but “purified and treated” water is needed. For without the treatment process US manufacturers would face constant shut downs and increased capital spending driving their cost of goods through the roof. One form of water treatment to protect boilers is degasification and deaeration.
Degasification towers remove
hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and carbon dioxide (CO2), and quite often dissolved oxygen (DO). Removing dissolved corrosive gases is critical to the life and efficiency of the boiler and if the gases remain in the boiler feed water such as carbon dioxide (CO2) it will create a recipe for disaster, higher operating cost, and a reduced life for the boiler system. The carbon dioxide (CO2) will convert into carbonic acid and form a corrosive condition for the boiler and other critical components. If a boiler system is operating an ion exchange process prior to the boiler the regeneration cost will increase dramatically because the resins will be consumed by the carbon dioxide (CO2). In addition to preserving and increasing the life of the resin the removal of the carbon dioxide (CO2) will elevate the pH of the water without the addition of other chemicals again lowering the operating cost of the system.
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Removing gases to protect your boiler
The process of removing dissolved gases from feed water to steam-generating boilers is often referred to as “Deaeration”. During the deaeration process dissolved oxygen (02) and carbon dioxide (CO2) are removed prior to entering the boiler. If the gases are not removed prior to reaching the boiler system, the boiler will experience serious corrosion damage. The gases, when in contact with the metallic equipment will form oxides (rust) and it will attach to the walls of the piping and tubes and over time completely shut down the boiler. The dissolved carbon dioxide combines with the water and forms carbonic acid that also further enhances the corrosion process.
Most deaerators utilize steam to enhance the removal of the dissolved gases and levels are typically reduced to 7 ppb by weight or less for the oxygen (02) and the removal of carbon dioxide (CO2). For a system only needing CO2 removal then a decarbonator is typically used as it operates without the need for steam and for much less operating cost. For more information or to learn more contact the professionals at DeLoach Industries Inc. at (941) 371-4995.
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