Iron Monitoring in Industrial Steam Generating Systems

Iron Monitoring in Industrial Steam Generating Systems

This corrosion control tool can improve equipment reliability and employee safety

By Frank Murphy, Ken Kuruc, and Brad Buecker

A previous issue of Water Technology outlined several important methods for improving water/steam chemistry in industrial steam generating networks to enhance equipment life and functionality.1 A partial extension of the earlier piece, this article shows how condensate and feedwater iron monitoring can alert operators and technical personnel to corrosion issues and can be used to optimize chemical treatment programs. For high-pressure steam generators that produce power and have high-purity makeup and feedwater, iron monitoring is valuable for evaluating a specific phenomenon: flow-accelerated corrosion. 

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