Fire-tube Boiler

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fire-tube boiler

[′fīr ‚tüb ‚bȯil·ər]
(mechanical engineering)
A steam boiler in which hot gaseous products of combustion pass through tubes surrounded by boiler water.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Fire-tube Boiler


a cylindrical steam boiler with fire tubes extending inside the water area of the boiler from one end plate to the other. A fire-tube boiler may have one or two fire tubes, sometimes more.

Fire-tube boilers appeared in the early 19th century as a result of efforts to increase the steam-producing capacity of simple cylindrical boilers while preserving their overall dimensions by developing their internal heating surfaces. Be-cause of their extremely large size and the significant consumption of metal in their construction, fire-tube boilers have not been made in the USSR since 1951; they have been re-placed by more advanced models.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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