thumbnail of Condenser Tube Life Cycle Economics – Coal Power – Oct 2009

There are literally miles and miles of tubing in every power plant that will operate very reliably for many years. However, much of that tubing will spend much of its life in the most demanding of high-pressure and high temperature service, exposed to superheated steam and chemically treated water that can reduce the expected life of the tubing. Most tubing will, at some point during the operating life of the plant, require replacement. The challenge for the plant operations staff is to understand the possible material failure mechanisms and keep an eye on those exchangers beginning to show signs of tube failure.

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