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Cleaning boilers in MARTIN plants by means of shock pulses

03.11.2014, Munich, Germany

MARTIN believes that shock-pulse generators can be used to optimize new and existing boilers. Therefore, a comprehensive program is being conducted in MARTIN plants to test the technology of cleaning boilers by means of shock pulses. The measurements taken will make an important contribution to establishing detailed design criteria for future MARTIN boilers and identifying potential for optimization in existing boiler systems.

The shock-pulse generators will be manufactured and delivered by Explosion Power GmbH, headquartered in Lenzburg/Switzerland. The shock-pulse technology has been available on the market for five years. More than 200 units have been provided in 15 countries, where they are fitted in boilers used in the biomass, waste, hazardous waste, coal and metallurgy industries. These numbers underline the fact that this flexible and efficient technology can be nearly universally used to clean boiler tubes. The shock pulses generated are transferred to the boiler to remove incrustations and ash deposits from the boiler tubes and in this way facilitate longer service life and higher efficiency. Another benefit is considerable savings in the field of boiler maintenance costs since shock pulses do not cause any wear on boiler tubes.

The technology is protected by patents and has been developed further in the context of a KTI*-funded research project and in cooperation with Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz (University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland). MARTIN GmbH secured a long-term right of use for the technology by acquiring an interest in the patents and patent holder Explo Engineering AG.

As the manufacturer of shock-pulse generators, Explosion Power GmbH maintains its status as an independent company and will continue to serve end customers, authorized dealers and plant manufacturers.

* KTI: Kommission für Technologie und Innovation (Commission for Technology and Innovation)