Components of a steam boiler plant and their function.
The steam accumulator is a component from our section: “Components of a steam boiler plant and their function.” As the name suggests, steam accumulators are used to store steam and release it in a controlled manner at a later time. But why is steam stored in a steam accumulator ?
Steam demand in process plants is rarely stable. The size and nature of the fluctuation always depends on the particular industry. If the short-term steam demand is higher than the maximum boiler load, this is called a load peak. Then it makes sense to use a steam accumulator, as it has a balancing effect. If a large amount of steam is needed quickly during a production phase, it is supplied from the steam accumulator. The accumulator is refilled during production breaks. This offers the advantage that the steam boiler can be operated with a constant load.
Load peaks can occur several times a day or just once a week. The pressure in the boiler drops when steam is removed quickly and at a very high rate. This can have serious consequences. In the worst case, the steam boiler shuts down due to lack of water. This can result in extended process times or transfer of salts and water into the piping system. This increases the maintenance effort and reduces the service life of the steam boiler. To avoid this or other consequential damage, it makes sense to use a steam accumulator.
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