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Condenser Operation and Reliability

Learning objectives

  • Describe the symptoms of these problems that reduce the effective heat transfer area of an operating condenser:
    • Air in-leakage
    • Problems with air removal equipment
    • High hotwell levels
    • Improperly vented waterboxes
    • Blocked or plugged tubes
  • Describe the symptoms of these problems that reduce the heat transfer coefficient of a condenser:
    • Scaling
    • Micro-fouling
    • Dirt, debris, and sludge
    • Oxidation and rust

Course overview

When you complete this lesson, you will be able to describe methods of troubleshooting condensers and identify symptoms of several problems that can negatively affect condenser reliability. You will also be able to discuss methods of remedying specific condenser problems and optimizing operational performance.

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