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The history of keeping stainless steel condensers clean on Allegheny Power System power generating facilities is presented. The acid mine drainage waters in Pennsylvania and West Virginia dictated the use of stainless steel for condensing steam turbine exhaust. With the stainless steel condensers, continuous, on-line tube cleaning systems were installed. These systems, in general, have maintained condenser cleanliness at levels equal to or better than design. The cost of the system could be recovered in a few years with the savings from the improved performance.
stainless steels, cleaning, condensers (electric), electric power generation
Harbaugh, D. M.
Power engineer, Allegheny Power Service Corporation, Greensburg, Pa.