# Boiler pressure versus temperature relationship

### The National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors

Maintaining Proper Boiler Inspections Through Proper Relationships Steam can also be delivered to users with conventional piping and valve will either leave the boiler slightly superheated or be cooled to the saturation temperature of the While operating at lower pressure can, in some boilers, provide slightly higher. We give normal heating boiler pressure and temperature numbers and we we explain the relationship between building height and water pressure, and we. Why, on the table, does F => bar and on the graph F the relation between the boiler temp/pressure to the brew-head temp on HX.

This process can be reversed, and if you read the temperature accurately, the pressure can be inferred from this. Note the temperature at 1. A Bar is KPa, or So to reverse this, one Bar pressure Gaugeor two bar pressure absolute will lift tonne on a one meter square piston. All the other stuff to the right of the pressure and temperature is thermodynamic stuff to calculate how much energy is required to boil the water and other stuff that you dont need to know about.

But as I am a marine engineer who works on a steam turbine ship, and who has just finished a year back at college, needs to know. I hope this helps, and doesnt confuse too much, but knowledge is power, and no knowledge is worse, IMHO.

### Boiler pressure as water temperature

Well presented and makes perfect sense to me Actualy it takes me back to my collage days and steam systems But then, it was all non metric and what a mix of values The maths would always tip me over the edge This explination and graphs will assist me in getting right, when next I am at base camp Many often forget the importance of altitude However it only comes into play at the extreams or if you have very tight valuse and or accuracy Burner operating and modulating controls were improperly set in relation to one another, resulting in high burner cycling rates to high firing rates.

An example of this type of operation is shown in Figure 8. Operation of the same boiler at the same outdoor temperature, when the burner controls had been properly set, is also shown in Figure 8, from which it will be seen that cyclic operation had been eliminated for the outdoor temperature in question.

Burner firing rate, and hence stress level, was also considerably reduced.

In this particular case, no further failures were experienced. Electrical load shedding is a factor to be considered in systems where air handling units are shut down for many hours, allowing large volumes of water to cool down. On system restart, large volumes of relatively cold water can enter the boiler in a short period of time, unless the proper preventive measures are taken.

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Protective Measures Against Thermally Induced Stress Cycling Thermal Shock It may not always be possible to design a boiler structure within the confines of boiler design codes, and have thermally induced operating stresses below the fatigue limit of the steel being used. This is especially true when one considers that heating system operating parameters are most often unknown to the boiler manufacturer. It then becomes necessary for the boiler manufacturer to set guidelines for the system-and-controls designers to use, in order to minimize these effects.

Typically these guidelines may include: A minimum water return temperature to the boiler.

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A minimum water flowrate through the boiler. Recommendations as to how to set burner controls to maximize the boiler shell temperature for a given operating pressure, and minimize the number of operating cycles and the burner firing rate, for a given load condition. Implementation of the Guidelines Different boiler manufacturers may offer slightly varying guidelines as a means to overcoming the problems associated with thermally induced stress cycling. Thus, the following discussion should be taken as a generalization.

Individual boiler manufacturers' recommendations will override what follows. As we have seen above, the recommendations should address the two major criteria in fatigue failures, namely reducing the magnitude of the stresses induced reducing furnace-metal temperature to shell-metal temperature? T and reducing the number of stress cycles burner firing cycles.

Reducing stress magnitude will most often be achieved by raising the temperature of the boiler shell i. This can be achieved in two steps: Correctly setting the burner operating control in relationship to the boiler operating pressure, and limiting the temperature of the water returning to the boiler below which the burner would be held at low fire, to reduce stress levels. Examples of these guidelines are shown in Figures 9 and 10, respectively.

It should be noted that in some systems, design or operating parameters may preclude the use of low-fire hold devices, whether they be time delays or aquastats, due to the fact that the system will be unable to attain its design operating temperature without the burner being allowed to achieve higher firing rates.

The common method of minimizing the effect of heating system temperature changes on boiler bulk water temperature is to use a two-loop system. One loop of the two-loop system is the boiler loop, which is operated at a constant temperature set in accordance with the guidelines above.

Typically, this loop would have a minimum flow requirement imposed by the boiler manufacturer. In the absence of a detailed knowledge of system operating parameters, a rule of thumb is 0. This breaks up any tendency to temperature stratification within the boiler, as well as attempting to achieve the desired level of shell temperature. The second loop is the building system s loop in which the temperature will vary in response to an outdoor temperature reset schedule, and in which flowrate may vary to meet energy conservation criteria.

The interface between these two loops is usually either a three- or four-way valve, to which the building system temperature reset schedule is applied.

This allows sufficient water from the hot boiler loop to blend with the cooler water returning from the building heating system to achieve the temperature requirements prevailing at any given time.

There are obviously many system configurations that will meet this basic concept. Reducing the number of stress cycles is achieved first by correctly setting the burner operating and modulating controls in relation to one another. This means that the modulating control must not send the burner to the high-fire position immediately after the operating control has initiated the firing sequence, and the main flame is established.

Selecting the number and size of boilers to suit a seasonal load profile may mean that the boilers will not all be of equal size but rather a smaller boiler will be used in the spring and fall with larger boilers handling the high load of the winter months.

Properly selecting boiler sizes for a seasonal load profile has the added benefit of energy savings in terms of reduced heat loss from the boiler shell.

It is always possible that financial constraints will preclude the ideal size selection of boilers and their numbers for a given installation. However, if this is kept in mind as a goal, a better system should be the result. Conclusion Failures caused by what is commonly referred to as thermal shock are actually fatigue failures caused by thermally induced stress cycling.

They are not an indication of boiler design or manufacturing deficiencies, as has been inferred on occasion, but are rather due to the manner in which the heating system has been designed, controlled or operated.