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An Analysis of the Steam Superheater Coil Operation Depending on Different Methods of Coil Support


The paper presents the main types of power boiler steam superheater loads together with relevant standards applicable to superheater calculations. In the case of horizontal superheaters, due to their thermal expansion and assembly errors which are the effect of non-uniform support of the hanger tubes, extra loads are generated on the coil pipes. An FEM analysis performed for a selected superheater structure indicates that maximum stress values and the location where the stresses occur depend on the method of support of the superheater tubes. It is shown that maximum stresses in this structural element can be reduced by introducing appropriate tension of hanger bars supporting the superheater hanger tubes.