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Anyone know where I can find a design for a decent sized steam boiler (flash boiler) for power generation? Answered


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lemonie (author)2010-02-10

What are you going to do with the steam, at what pressure and at what rate?

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gearhead1951 (author)2010-02-10

Man ,  if you are serious and cannot be dissuaded then I reccomend you check out www.lindsaybks.com for books on boiler construction !

Know this ,  if you have no experience with boilers they are deathly dangerous !  Let th' heat get a little too high or th' water level too low and they can explode !   If you are runnin' one at superheat ,  that high pressure ,  high temp steam is more deadly than an explosion if it developes a leak !   That steam from a leak will cut and cauterize at th' same time and you wont know you are hurt till you see parts of yer hand on th' deck !  Also know that a boiler on board a Navy ship is NEVER left unattended ,  there is a round th' clock watch done in 4 hr shifts to make sure it wont go "BOOM" !!!

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Are they not fitted with decent pressure relief valves then ? 

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BobS (author)steveastrouk2010-02-10

There might be dirt or rust clogging it up, or metal fatigue. A few years ago  a vintage steam roller in Holland exploded for no apparent reason. Of course nobody has the instinctive understanding of these machines anymore... (which should be an incentive to build one!!!).

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steveastrouk (author)BobS2010-02-10

That's why they have to be very carefully inspected every year - there are still special insurance companies for that kind of risk. In the UK National Vulcan and British Engine still take steam boiler risks - and inspect annually. An old aquaintance was a metallurgist for them.

Steve

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