Steam Generators

Course Description

Covers the design, construction, and operation of steam generators (boilers). It also considers fuels and their combustion, combustion equipment, combustion control, feedwater regulators, air heaters, economizers, superheaters, reheaters, boiler water treatment, and auxiliary boilers. A lab aboard the Academy’s training ship is included, emphasizing boiler external fittings, safety valves, fuel oil systems, and main and auxiliary steam systems. [Lab time required]

Entrance Requirements

Learning Objectives

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the following STCW elements:

Demonstrate proficiency in the following skills:

Other Objectives


  1. Introduction to course
  2. Basic concepts: Energy, pressure, temperature, etc.
  3. Properties of steam: Saturated, superheater
  4. Combustion, heat transfer, circulation
  5. Boiler capacity limitations
  6. Boiler classification
  7. Design and construction of boilers
  8. Boiler refractories
  9. External boiler fittings
  10. Internal boiler fittings
  11. Heat recovery devices
  12. Feedwater regulators
  13. Combustion - fuel oil
  14. Combustion - atomizers, registers
  15. Combustion - fuel oil systems
  16. Combustion - chemistry of combustion
  17. Combustion - stack gas analysis
  18. Auxiliary boilers
  19. Boiler water chemistry and treatment
  20. Boiler operation

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