Monday, March 31, 2014
In energy generation, a boiler is a device through which man obtains pressurized steam, which is used to power a turbine, or a series of turbines. It usually consists of a system of pipes, through which water runs and is then converted into highly pressurized steam by the high temperature from burning coal, wood, or natural gas, in a furnace. In a nuclear boiler, the heat generated by uranium rods is harnessed to produced the steam. Thus, the steam-powered turbine turns fast around a shaft thanks to the steam produced in the power plant boiler. The turbine rotates a shaft of a generator, which produces alternating current.