Zhou, J.; Deng, S.; Claridge, D. E.; Haberl, J. S.; Turner, W. D.(Energy Systems Laboratory, Texas A&M University, May 2002)
Optimum economic operation in a large power plant can cut operating costs substantially. Individual plant equipment should be operated under conditions that are most favorable for maximizing its efficiency. It is widely accepted that boiler load significantly effects boiler efficiency. In the study reported here, the measured performance of a 300,000 lb/h steam boiler was found to show more dependence on ambient air temperature than on boiler load. It also showed an unexplained dependence on the month of the year that is comparable to the load dependence.