Industrial Boiler Systems

Industrial boilers are designed to make steam or to heat water and other liquids using various types of fuels. The most common fuels that they will use include; electricity, oil, natural gas, and coal. There are two main types of industrial boilers; water tube and fire tube.

Water Tube Boilers

The water tube boilers will function by moving the fluid through several tubes that are inside of the unit and connected to a steam and mud drum. This fuel source is heated inside of the steam drum. The mud drum will than collect the solids that are taken out of the liquid due to the high temperature and pressure within the boiler.

The best way to maximize the amount of steam that is produced per unit of feed water is to have it travel through the steam drum several times. Each time that it is cycled through it will evaporate and the concentration of the solids will increase. When the solids are too large it will interfere with how the unit functions and will be moved into the mud drum by using compressed air.

Fire Tube Boilers

These types of industrial boilers will use hot gas and force it through tubes that are encased by the fluid that is being heated. This fluid will either remain as a liquid or will be turned into low pressure steam. The initial cost of these is quite low when compared to the water tube boilers. They are also much easier to keep clean.

The downside to them is that they are not efficient at producing high pressure steam. They are ideal of space and industrial process heating. Their small size makes it easy for them to deal with the small space they are heating.