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Steam and Hot Water Primer, 1st Edition

  • Chris Langley
  • Andrew Sacks
  • ISBN-10: 1428360727
  • ISBN-13: 9781428360723
  • 320 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2010 Published
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About the Product

For the first time, novice and seasoned boiler personnel alike have a resource designed just for them.Steam and Hot Water Primer is a comprehensive guide to boiler operation and stationary engineering. Its purpose is to provide a fundamental understanding of boiler operation and maintenance for beginners, to prepare prospective licensing candidates for the boiler license exam, and to serve as a “go-to” reference guide for operations and maintenance personnel. With coverage of topics that other, similar books avoid – like maintenance and troubleshooting – the authors have created an “all-in-one” resource that can be used throughout the stages of a boiler operator’s career and that will also develop highly knowledgeable, highly skilled operators, prepared and ready for the 21st century.


  • Coverage of both High and Low pressure training sets this book apart from similar texts, which typically hone in on one or the other

  • Clear, straightforward writing style facilitates comprehension and engages readers

  • Practical examples prepare readers for situations they are likely to face in the real world

  • In-depth appendices include steam tables and charts, conversions, gravity tables, bolt patterns and sizes for common flanges, and much more

About the Author

Chris Langley

Chris Langley graduated from Kean College of New Jersey in 1996 with a Bachelor¿s Degree in Industrial Engineering Technology. He completed his Master¿s studies in 2003 at Stevens Institute. He has over 30 years of experience in all facets of industrial utilities including 18 years of hands-on experience with ammonia systems. Mr. Langley has also taught HVAC, stationary engineering and refrigeration engineering in two of New Jersey¿s vocational-technical schools for 18 years as of this writing. He holds a New Jersey double gold engineer¿s license.

Andrew Sacks

Andrew Sacks has more than 20 years of experience in the boiler, power plant, and refrigeration industry. This includes training and instruction of boiler and power plant personnel. Additionally, he has over 10 years experience as an instructor of Stationary Engineering. Mr. Sacks holds a New Jersey Gold Seal Stationary Engineer's License.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction to Boilers (with mathematics).
Chapter 2 Boilers types and construction.
Chapter 3 Boiler Accessories, Steam Systems and Auxiliary Equipment.
Chapter 4 Steam Traps and Condensate Systems.
Chapter 5 Fuel, Combustion Equipment and Boiler Draft.
Chapter 6 Instruments and Controls.
Chapter 7 Water Treatment.
Chapter 8 Hot water Systems.
Chapter 9 Operation and Safety.
Chapter 10 Licensing.
Chapter 11 Questions & Answers.
Steam tables and charts.
Table of units conversions.
Math made easy. Review of math and basic algebra with examples as related to the text.
Math-All calculations from the text re-listed on a single page.
API table for fuels.
Specific gravity table.
ASME symbols with explanations.
Decimal equivalent of sheet metal gauge.
Decimal equivalent of wire gauge sizes.
Torque values for common fasteners.
Bolt patterns and sizes for common flanges.
Table of pipe diameters and wall thicknesses.
Table of common process pipe and P& ID symbols.
Extensive glossary for both reference and study.