Diagnostics of heating surface tubes of steam and hot-water boilers
Inspection is carried out on the boiler shut down for the repairs. Fig.1
shows the scheme of the waterwall tubes inspection using a specialized
magnetometric instrument - the TSC-type tester of stress concentration.
Fig.1. The scheme of waterwall tubes
inspection: 1 - scanning device with the length measuring sensor; 2, 3 -
flux-gate transducers; 4 - connection cable; 5 - the TSC-type instrument.
Fig.2, a shows the fragment of the inspection results in a SC zone
on the waterwall tube of the boiler furnace gasproof panel. Fig.2, b shows the characteristic damaging of the gasproof panel waterwall tube.
Fig.2a. The results of
inspection in a SC zone on the waterwall tube of the boiler furnace
damaging of the gasproof panel waterwall tube.
Fig.3 shows the fragment of the corrosion pit detection by the character of
the residual magnetization field Hp distribution along the fire generatrix of the
Fig.3. Detection of the corrosion pit by the
character of the residual magnetization field Hp distribution: 1 - pit area.
Fig.4 presents the example of the distribution of the normal (Hpy) and the tangential
components of the self-magnetic leakage field (SMLF) recorded along the external
generatrix of the boiler tube operating in conditions of the lack of
Fig.4. The distribution of the normal
(Hpy) and the
tangential (Hpx) components of the
self-magnetic leakage field (SMLF).
The suggested method of diagnostics allows carrying out the mass inspection
of welded butt joints on HS tubes and in the units of tubes and coils attachment
to collectors without metal dressing. The method may be applied effectively for
detection of SC zones on superheater tubes made of pearlitic and austenite steel
grades. Based on the results of the inspection using the metal magnetic memory
method, it is possible to perform cutting out of representative tube specimens
for the analysis of the metal’s state, determination of the amount and the
quality of internal deposits. The method allows carrying out simultaneously flaw
detection and diagnostics with revealing of the reasons of SC zones and damages
There is an experience of the MMM method application for early diagnostics of
gasproof panel tubes damages and improvement of the effectiveness of their
repairs. It is suggested, using the results if the inspection by the MMM method,
to remove the reasons of SC zones occurrence during the boilers repairs by means
of ensuring the self-compensation of tubes. Performing the metal’s external
surface grinding in SC zones is also an effective measure.
The developed diagnostic method belongs to quick methods and allows
inspecting all the tubes of the high-power boiler furnace chamber within 5-6
The "Methodic Guideline for engineering diagnostics of steam and hot-water
boiler heating surface tubes using the magnetic memory of metal" (GD
34.17.446-97) was approved by "Russian UES" RJSC and agreed with the Russian
State Technical Supervision Body (Gosgortechnadzor). This guidance document is
mandatory for application at the electric power engineering industry enterprises
and may be applied at the enterprises of other industries, owning the boilers,
which are subject to supervision of the Russian State Technical Supervision
Body. In 2002 this guidance document was supplemented and revised taking into
account the accumulated experience.