Fireside corrosion management in energy-from-waste (EfW) boilers is the leading cost of boiler maintenance. The combustion of refuse-derived fuel (RDF) processed from municipal solid waste in a boiler for power generation produces a very corrosive environment for boiler tube materials. Water wall corrosion has been greatly reduced by the use of Alloy 625 overlay in the highest corrosion areas. This paper will describe the progression of water wall corrosion up the boiler walls and novel attempts to reduce this problem. This paper presents an updated case study conducted at the Great River Energy plant in Elk River, MN from 2003–2009 on corrosion management. Areas to be addressed are protection of exposed carbon steel water wall tubes, management of Alloy 625 weld overlay on the water walls and corrosion in the high temperature superheat sections. Methods for testing and maintaining the corrosion resistant Alloy 625 cladding are reviewed. High temperature superheat material selection and shielding are reviewed with information leading to a cost effective solution that requires superheat replacement every three years with very few tube failures between replacements.

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