The approach to the commissioning of a heat-recovery steam generator in the industry has varied from project to project. One school of thought contends that no chemical cleaning (or minimal) is required. The second school of thought contends that a complete chemical cleaning is required. This report discusses these differences, and a properly designed and well executed cleaning with desired results.
If the iron concentration in an alkaline chelant boiler cleaning solution reaches a high value when dissolving magnetite, it sometimes continues to increase rapidly and not level, indicating corrosion of the boiler metal. A laboratory study of “runaway iron increases” investigated the cause and the best mitigation methods.