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BH50A1400 Steam Boilers, 6 cr / 3.33 cu 
Code BH50A1400  Validity 01.08.2007 -
Name Steam Boilers  Abbreviation Steam Boilers 
Credits6 cr / 3.33 cu   
TypeBasic studies  
  Grading scaleStudy modules 0-5,P/F 
  Eligibility for post-graduate studiesno
    Allowed to study several timesno
Organisation LUT School of Energy Systems 

Esa Vakkilainen 

Description by Study Guide
Note  Location: Lappeenranta 
Year  M.Sc. (Tech.) 2 
Period  1-2 
Teaching Language  English 
Teacher(s) in Charge 

Professor D.Sc. (Tech.) Esa Vakkilainen


Upon completion of the course the student will be able to 1. list typical biomass fuels and their properties, 2. understand the terminology used in maintenance management, 3. understand steam generation processes, especially from biomass, 4. describe the construction of steam boilers, 5. apply different types of steam boilers using different types of fuels, and 6. realize restrictions caused by corrosion, erosion and fouling.


Characteristics of fuels, especially of biofuels. Combustion and gasification. Design of a steam boiler and its components. CCS. Energy balances. Solving steam boiler problems by mathematical modelling and algorithmization. Operation and maintenance of boilers: corrosion, fouling, emissions.

Teaching Methods 

1st period: 12 h of lectures and case exercises. 2nd period: 12 h of lectures and case exercises. Written assignment. Independent study approximately: Written assignment 48 h. Preparation for the examination 18 h and the examination 3 h. Studying given materials 63 h.
Total workload 156 h.

Examination in Examination schedule (Yes/No)  Yes 
Examination in Moodle (Yes/No)  No 
Examination in Exam (Yes/No)  No 
Assessment scale and assessment methods 

0-5. Examination 70 %, written assignment 30 %.

Course Materials 

Lecture notes.
Teir, Sebastian: Steam Boiler Technology, 2nd ed. 2006.
Vakkilainen, Esa, Steam generation from Biomass, 2016.


Recommended: BH50A1200 Energy Systems Engineering.

Places for exchange-students? (Yes, number/No)  max 5 
Places for Open University Students?(Yes, number/No)  max 5 

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