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Steam Drum Suspension


The steam boilers used in power plants can weigh several hundred tonnes.

When a flame is inserted into the boiler furnace, the temperature of the boiler increases by several hundred degrees, thereby increasing the size of the boiler by as much as 3 inches (75 mm).

To allow for this expansion, most modern utility boilers are suspended from the top so they can expand downward.

Pictured here is a section of U-bolt. Four U-bolts are used to suspend the steam drum at the Clover Bar Power Plant.

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Author: ephf

Edmonton Power Historical Foundation is a non-profit society dedicated to preserving the history of electric power in the City of Edmonton and the Province of Alberta, for the education and entertainment of current and future generations.

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