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ZERO BALL LOSS R-TYPE (ZBLR) SYSTEMS

This compact machine is a sponge-ball type tube-cleaning system

PURPOSE AND APPLICATION

In spite of upstream screens and strainers:


  1. Dissolved chemicals precipitate and build into scale on the tube surface,

  2. Biological elements settle and grow on the tube surface,

  3. Fine mineral particles deposit on the low-velocity boundary and combine with the biological growth.


As a result, the heat transfer by the tubes is much reduced and the plant’s loss of generation can be 3% or more.


Fitting a BEAUDREY ZBL system totally eliminates the above problems without any balls being released into the environment. The system is used in all plants with tubular exchangers and condensers.

DESCRIPTION

The BEAUDREY ZBLR ball-catcher consists of a flanged spool piece in which a curved, fixed, concave ball-arresting bar screen is installed. It cannot be by-passed by the balls. An oscillating raking arm with a comb sweeps the balls towards the ball-collection boxes on each side of the rack from where they exit towards the ball-handling skid which comprises the ball pump, the ball counter and collector and the worn ball remover (optional).

 

The optional ball counter and undersize ball remover are also skid mounted.

 

When in circulation, the balls travel back to the upstream side of the condenser where they are injected into the incoming cooling water. As the size of the balls is slightly larger than the diameter of the tubes, they squeeze into the tubes, pushed by the condenser head-loss. The balls sweep the tubes clean before exiting from the condenser towards the ball catcher.

ADVANTAGES

  • No possible ball escape to the environment

  • Constant efficiency

  • Most economical system on the market

  • Small-bore piping only and small ball pumps

  • Very compact, fits where no other system fits

  • Eliminates periodical shut-downs for manual tube-cleaning

  • Eliminates periodical chemical cleaning

  • Can easily be retrofitted to existing plants

  • Short pay-back time (often less than 18 months)

NECESSARY ANCILLARIES

  • Differential pressure sensor

  • Electrical control cabinet

OPTIONAL FEATURES

  • Inspection manholes

  • Undersize ball sorter / remover

  • Ball counter

  • Special design to fit in restricted, existing locations

SIZES AND DATA

  • Standard sizes from DN500 (12”) to DN3200 (128”)     
    Larger machines and special shell dimensions on special order         

  • Head-loss about 1.5 V²/2g in most cases, “V” being the inlet velocity in the spool piece.

MATERIALS

  • Shell:        
    For fresh-water applications: painted carbon steel       
    For seawater applications: lined carbon steel, duplex or super-duplex stainless steel     

  • Moving parts and internal fixtures:         
    For fresh-water applications: AISI 304L stainless steel
    For seawater applications: AISI 316L stainless steel, duplex or super-duplex stainless steel

  • Ball-arresting grids:         
    For fresh-water applications: AISI 304L stainless steel
    For seawater applications: Duplex or super-duplex stainless steel

  • Ball pump:       
    For fresh-water applications: Cast iron  
    For seawater applications: Super-duplex stainless steel

  • Ball collector and fittings:  
    For fresh-water applications: AISI 304L stainless steel
    For seawater applications: AISI 316L stainless steel, duplex or super-duplex stainless steel

  • Skid pipework:     
    In all cases: HDPE