High Pressure Boilers Maintain High Internal Pressure
High Pressure Boilers
I am an impatient cook. I like my food to be ready instantly. It is difficult for me to wait for water to boil, lasagna to cook, tortillas to warm and so on and so forth. Cooking spaghetti for me is brutal. First I have to wait for the water to boil, and then I have to wait for the spaghetti to cook. Sometimes I put the lid on the pot to make it go faster, even though it really does not help. I am surprised every time when the steam and pressure inside the pot builds up and it overflows. This is what I imagine to be a high pressure steam boiler explosion to be, except on an extremely small scale and it does not compare to the danger that those real explosions cause.
High pressure boilers, like other boilers, allow heat to transfer from its original source to water or steam all while being able to maintain a high internal pressure from around 250 PSI to 1,000 PSI. The high temperatures that are contained in the vessel result in high pressure. The advantage is that it can be used to maximize on the efficiency of the power of the boiler; however, they are also difficult to maintain causing detrimental accidents. Many accidents of exploding steam engines or locomotives have been recorded.
High pressure boilers can be quite large (up to several stories tall) and take up a lot of square footage. They are used in industrial, commercial and manufacturing systems. They can be used in applications such as autoclave, central heating systems, hot water supply or factory and plant processes. High pressure boilers are not made for residential use.
Always equipped with several safety valves, high pressure boilers require a lot of maintenance from a highly skilled operator. Switches and valves must be inspected for leaks or other malfunctions regularly in order to prevent subsequent damage.