The B&W Learning Center

The B&W Learning Center

B&W wrote the book on steam … literally.

We continue to share our knowledge and technical expertise to the industry with our Learning Center.

This collection of articles and readings includes primers, how-to articles, technical tips, and other informational pieces which we think you’ll find useful.

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Steam Generation Primer

Steam Generation Primer
This simple primer highlights the key components and illustrates the primary flows through a modern power plant or steam generating system.

Specifying a Steam Generator

Specifications for a steam generator
Large or small, steam for power, steam for process. Regardless of the application, providing well-written, accurate and thorough project specifications is key to receiving comparable proposals from vendors, and ultimately helping with the final evaluations. Preparing effective specifications also provides more assurance that the equipment supplied will meet your needs.

B&W has prepared guidelines which are based on many years of preparing steam generating equipment proposals. The minimum parameters required, and typical project definition information is provided to help you formulate more effective project specifications.

Boiler Cleaning Primer

Boiler Cleaning

Keeping your boiler clean during operation is critical to maximizing the thermal efficiency of the boiler and maintaining the proper flue gas temperatures at critical junctures within the steam generating system.

This primer will explain the differences in boiler cleaning technologies and operation and define key terminology used in all aspects of online boiler cleaning.

General Bid Evaluation

General bid evaluation

Preparing well-written, targeted and thorough project specifications is the first step in assuring that any equipment you procure will meet your specific needs.

This article provides basic guidelines on how to evaluate bids and proposals to accurately assess and compare the product offerings and pricing from the suppliers. We outline factors to consider such as scope, equipment operating ease, maintenance and operating costs, aftermarket services, schedule, project management and project team expertise, and experience. And although price is a factor, it’s not always best practice to go with the lowest bidder.

Ash Handling Primer

Ash Handling

The combustion of virtually all fuels generates ash or other inert residuals. There are many options available to a power plant for the effective movement and disposition of this material.

This primer defines key terminology used in all aspects of ash handling as well as describes the differences in ash handling technologies and operation to help you make more informed equipment and component buying decisions.

CO Boilers Primer

CO Boilers

In the hydrocarbon processing industry, the operation of a fluid catalytic cracking unit (FCCU), depending on its arrangement, produces gases rich in carbon monoxide (CO).
To reclaim the energy in these gases, the FCCU can be designed to include a CO boiler to generate steam.

This article provides an overview of CO boiler design criteria, firing requirements and operation.