How to control superheater tube corrosion in FB boilers which use wood and wood waste as fuel

Markku Orjala, Riikka Ingalsuo, Kari Paakkinen, Martti Mäkipää, Maria Oksa, T. Malkow, R. Fordham, D. Baxter

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Abstract

The objective of this study is to determine the safe combustion conditions and optimised material technologies in circulating (CFB) as well as bubbling fluidised-bed (BFB) boilers using wood chips as fuel. The combustion and co-firing properties of fuels produced by different forest chains were studied first in VTT's test facilities and later in industrial-scale power plant boilers. The formation of alkaline and chlorine compounds and their effect on boiler fouling and corrosion were also studied also by cooled deposit and material probes. In addition to analysis of material exposures in boilers, materials embedded in different mixtures of wood and peat ashes with or without chloride were tested in the laboratory. Deposits and changes in their chemical phase composition compounds and the corrosion of materials were analysed by SEM-EDX and optical microscopy. Solutions to control superheater tube corrosion optimally were considered with reference to the experimental results and to model calculations performed using the F.A.C.T program. Utilisation of logging residue chips can cause deposition of potassium and sodium chloride on the heat exchanger surfaces and enhanced corrosion due to the chlorine. The harmful formation of alkaline and chlorine compounds on boiler surfaces could be prevented by co-firing sulphur-containing fuel. However, to suppress corrosion that is not directly related to alkali chloride deposition on superheater tube surfaces, optimised material solutions have to be seeked.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication10th International Symposium on Corrosion in the Pulp and Paper Industry, ISCPPI. Vol. 1
Place of PublicationEspoo
PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Pages117-136
ISBN (Electronic)951-38-5724-7
ISBN (Print)951-38-5720-4
Publication statusPublished - 2001
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event10th International Symposium On corrosion in the Pulp and Paper Industry, ISCPPI - Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 21 Aug 200124 Aug 2001

Publication series

SeriesVTT Symposium
Number214
ISSN0357-9387

Conference

Conference10th International Symposium On corrosion in the Pulp and Paper Industry, ISCPPI
Abbreviated title10th ISCPPI
CountryFinland
CityHelsinki
Period21/08/0124/08/01

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    Orjala, M., Ingalsuo, R., Paakkinen, K., Mäkipää, M., Oksa, M., Malkow, T., Fordham, R., & Baxter, D. (2001). How to control superheater tube corrosion in FB boilers which use wood and wood waste as fuel. In 10th International Symposium on Corrosion in the Pulp and Paper Industry, ISCPPI. Vol. 1 (pp. 117-136). VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. VTT Symposium, No. 214