Zeeco Europe Ltd Searching for Technical Sales Manager


CEA on Plant & Works Front Cover


CEA featured in the Industrial Process News


Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to Professor Bill Kaye


Emerson Launches 'I Love STEM' to Help Mark 125th Anniversary


Professor Bill Kaye Young Engineer Research Award


SAACKE Boilerhouse Log Book


Growth in NETPark - the 10 Year Master Plan


CEA Organisation of the month


Arkwright Scholarships Trust


Copper Pitting in Boilers

It’s quite common in boilers with base-exchange water softeners, the effects are worsened by having hard water and/or high make-up rates.

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If you have a base-exchange softener the scale forming calcium is taken out but the carbonate remains, this doesn’t harm the boiler but instead breaks down to form CO2.  This CO2 leaves the boiler with the steam, and then dissolves in the condensate to form carbonic acid which erodes the condensate pipework forming a metal salt (Iron carbonate, copper carbonate, etc.).  The carbonate returns to the boiler via the feed system where it once again breaks down to form CO2 and the cycle begins again.

Copper and zinc are a particular problem as the metal ion left over from the dissociation plates-out on the steel boiler surfaces; as the steel and the copper are dissimilar, a galvanic cell is formed and, as steel acts as the anode, the steel is eroded rapidly local to the copper deposit.

There are a number of possible solutions depending on how deep your pockets are:

  • Remove the copper pipework (remember – it is corroding right now so you will have to do this at some point anyway) and;
  • Replace with steel (this won’t stop the corrosion of the condensate lines but it will stop the galvanic corrosion in the boiler) or;
  • Replace with stainless steel (this will stop both the damage to the boiler AND the condensate lines).

Soluble copper usually results from carbon dioxide, oxygen or ammonia in the condensate system.

copper hole.pngIn order to deal with these problems, the common solution is to eliminate or neutralise the sources of these gases.

With all steam systems, it is recommended that you carry out a boiler water treatment risk assessment in accordance with BG04, considering the suitability of introducing chemical product(s), in order to boost pH and reduce free CO2 (and therefore reduce the damage to the condensate line). This boiler water treatment risk assessment should consider the destination of the steam and what it might contact.

It should also consider the suitability of the pre-treatment plant currently in operation.

From the conclusions of the boiler water treatment risk assessment, carried out in accordance with BG04, you can then consider your pre-treatment options.

Usually, there are at least two options;

Install a reverse osmosis unit after your existing base-exchange softener, which will not only remove carbonates but almost everything else too, producing ultra-pure water.

Alternatively, install a dealkalisation plant, which will remove the carbonates only. Both systems will have the potential added benefit of removing make-up water dissolved solids, thereby consequentially reducing blowdown and energy costs.


You will need to talk to a water treatment company, proficient in boiler water treatment, about these options and they should be able to then put an economic case together for you, to put to management.

It is very important when dealing with copper pitting in boilers that the whole steam system is sampled and considered, since there are other routes to copper corrosion, which are very specialist and as such are not considered here.

We would suggest contacting a specialist in steam boiler water chemistry, for further advice with respect to this.


The boiler maker however, will no doubt refer to BG04 Boiler water treatment guidance for shell boilers, coil boilers, steam generators and hot water boilers or BS 2486 Recommendations for treatment of water for steam boilers and water heaters in their technical documentation. Both will recommend keeping the alkalinity below 25mg/kg in the feed water to keep the amount of CO2 released in the boiler to a minimum.


Zeeco Europe Ltd Searching for Technical Sales Manager


March 27, 2015

Zeeco Europe Ltd Now Searching for

Technical Sales Manager

Zeeco, the world leader in advanced combustion and environmental systems, has announced it is actively recruiting for a Technical Sales Manager to join Zeeco Europe in the company’s Power Burner Department. Zeeco, whose product lines include ultra-low NOx burners, flaring systems, incinerators, flare gas recovery systems and vapour control systems, continues to report impressive growth as the world’s energy industries build and update existing plants to operate more energy efficiently. Zeeco Europe, based in Rutland, UK, has recently embarked upon a multi-million pound expansion of its facility and now operates an ISO 9001:2008 accredited manufacturing facility and research and testing facility. Do you want to be part of their success?

Responsibilities for the position include:

  • Implementing a sales strategy and driving it to successful completion
  • Meeting and delivering agreed targets through proactive new business development
  • Growing the existing customer base
  • Establishing and executing a budget and technical marketing strategy that focuses on the oil and gas and petrochemical industries
  • Analysing enquiries and optimising offers in coordination with Applications Managers
  • Building relationships with suppliers and service groups to assist our customers and grow business through strategic partnerships
  • Ensuring Zeeco is on the vendor’s list for all Zeeco products
  • Maintaining and improving the Zeeco Quality System whilst adhering to ISO 9001:2008 requirements

The ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • A degree in engineering
  • Proven technical selling and business development experience
  • International and European sales experience and must enjoy regular international travel
  • Strong plant experience
  • Good interpersonal skills, strong organisation, detail orientated

For more information on career opportunities within Zeeco Europe, visit or contact Clare Scott, Resourcing Officer at



CEA on Plant & Works Front Cover

The CEA has been featured on the front cover of Plant & Works Engineering Magazine in their March 2015 Edition, Issue no. 393. To view the entire magazine please click here.

This advertises our Technical Boilerhouse Risk Assessment Conference on 29th & 30th April 2015 at The Hallmark Hotel, Manchester.

We also have another Technical Boilerhouse Risk Assessment Conference being held at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham on 1st & 2nd July 2015.

Both conferences are ran over 2 days, with a practical workshop on the 2nd day. The CEA received lots of very positive feedback about the technical content and quality of the conference, from the first event ran in 2014 at Crawley, Gatwick. 





CEA featured in the Industrial Process News

The CEA is featuring in the Industrial Process News next week (March 23rd 2015), this is our article:

To book or view more information about our conferences and events please click here



Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to Professor Bill Kaye

The Combustion Engineering Association were very proud to present the Lifetime Achievement Award to Professor Bill Kaye (Right) at our Annual General Meeting on 5th March 2015 in the Attlee room at the House of Lords, London. Presenting this award is Lord Chidgey (Left) and Chairman of the CEA, Mr Derry Carr (Centre).


Professor William G Kaye (Bill Kaye) has been connected with energy and combustion for over 50 years. Bill is a Fellow of the Institute of Energy and a Chartered Engineer and was a Director of the British Coal Utilisation Research Association (BCURA) and formerly Assistant Director (Combustion and Pollution Control) at British Coal’s, Coal Research Establishment (CRE), Stoke Orchard.

The Combustion Engineering Association (CEA) has been privileged to work with Bill Kaye as an Honorary Vice President and past Chairman. Bill is currently a visiting professor in Energy Technology and member of the Engineering Research Centre at the University of Glamorgan, assisting with research projects and Post-graduate Research students.

Professor Bill Kaye is keen that the CEA should continue to support the industry through education and training. Bill wanted to add his own personal support and commitment to that end by offering a special Prize for research in combustion engineering; one which the Association is very proud to present on his behalf, the Professor Bill Kaye Award for Innovation and Excellence. 

The Innovation and Excellence Award is aimed specifically at students, graduates or trainees new to the industry, with project entries concerned with novel or innovative research conducted in combustion, combustion engineering and related fields (i.e. Environmental, biomass etc.). Previous winners of this award include 2012 - Ben Myatt, a student who was studying a Masters in Mechanical Engineering at Loughborough University; 2013 - James Wayman, a student in his final year at Aston University reading Mechanical Engineering; and in 2014 - Benjamin Ievins, a Product Design graduate from Brunel University, London. We are currently accepting entries for 2015.



Emerson Launches 'I Love STEM' to Help Mark 125th Anniversary

Highlighting its devotion to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education, Emerson (NYSE: EMR) is launching a new ad, marketing and social media campaign, including YouTube star Hank Green in a television commercial set to launch February 19 on CBS’ The Big Bang Theory. - See more at:

To view the article visit

About Emerson

Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial and consumer markets around the world. The company is comp​rised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies and Commercial & Residential Solutions.



Professor Bill Kaye Young Engineer Research Award

The Combustion Engineering Association (CEA) is now seeking applications for its 2015 Professor Bill Kaye Young Engineer Research Prize and we have contacted many Universities for their help in promoting this opportunity to their most talented undergraduates.

The winner(s) will receive a £500 cash prize and a unique opportunity to attend the awards ceremony at the House of Lords in London. Awardees will have the opportunity to network with high profile industry experts, with the potential for this to lead to permanent job offers after graduation, as well as work placements.

The CEA welcomes entries from a person or group of persons, specifically undergraduates studying engineering. The project entry should be concerned with novel or innovative research conducted in combustion, combustion engineering and related fields. Qualifying projects may be of a pure scientific nature but should be innovations in either: planning, design, manufacture, installation, utilisation and maintenance of an energy-consuming industrial plant.

Suitable applicants will be those who have already demonstrated outstanding aptitude with their studies in addition to a commitment to engineering. Excellent examination results on their own are not enough; we expect suitable candidates to excel in other areas of endeavour including the social aspects of their undergraduate experience.  

More details about the award can be available to you by contacting the CEA office.



SAACKE Boilerhouse Log Book

SAACKE have created a log book, designed for use with a typical steam shell boiler installation with modern controls and equipment. The day per page layout of this log book is to be filled in with the information listed in the tables as applicable and any other information that the trained boiler operator feels is necessary to record in addition to any other noteworthy observations, faults and incidents.


HSE Guidance note BG01 lists information on record keeping in section 8 (BOILER OPERATION). This book has been designed to closely follow the best practice guides and recommendations laid out in BG01 and INDG436 however, it is the responsibility of the Owner/User on the site to ensure that all records are being recorded correctly. For this reason, on completion of a week’s records and operations log, a responsible person must countersign the weekly summary page along with the trained boiler operator.

The day per page layout of this log book has been designed for operation with a ‘Typical Arrangement №2’ installation as listed in BG01. Arrangement №2 is predominately the most common controls arrangement in the UK at present. Should your site still fall within the remit of an Arrangement №1 installation (low integrity water level controls mounted in external chambers), more frequent testing of limiters is required. This will need to be recorded in the ROUTINE OPERATIONS COMPLETED section of the daily log.

ALL tests and records must be completed and recorded by a trained boiler operator. Untrained staff should not work in the boiler-house. For training information and quotations please contact our Head Office in Havant.

Price: £75 inc VAT and P&P direct from SAACKE Spares dept. Please contact SAACKE on: 02392 333814 to enquire. 

For more information please click here



Growth in NETPark - the 10 Year Master Plan

NETPark - Home to the CEA - has been featured in The Northern Echo newspaper.

The article explains about the plans for NETPark to expand by 30 acres, hosting 200 more companies, employing 3,500 people and supporting 7,500 local manufacturing and supplier jobs. 


Read the article here


CEA Organisation of the month

"The trusted voice and authority for those in the combustion and steam industry”

Industrial Process News is extremely proud to present its Combustion and Engineering Solutions Organisation of the Month to The Combustion Engineering Association.

For over 80 years, the CEA has been providing information on how to improve the understanding and development of the combustion industry. It was set up by the Coal Board as a not for profit educational charity with a remit to help educate the nation in the most efficient use of fuel. This is currently being done through a series of conference workshops looking at the legal obligation of companies to carry out a risk assessment on their boiler plant. CEA’s Technical Boilerhouse Risk Assessment to achieve compliance with BG01 is designed to help companies meet this obligation.

Originally formed to promote the science of combustion engineering, the CEA today embraces the study of efficient energy use, the exchange of new technology information, the training of industry professionals, the development of standards and good practices and the provision of services for its ever growing membership.

David Kilpatrick, Director of the Combustion Engineering Association, commented: “With a long history of promoting efficiency in the utilisation of all types of fuel, we proudly continue this ethos in the 21st Century. Through education, representation, promotion and specialist advice, we continue our aim to promote the science of combustion engineering and to encourage best practice.

“We have a wide customer base which can be any company or individual that runs any sort of combustion plant, including anyone that uses boilers to produce hot water or steam as part of their processes. CEA and its members also work very closely with other organisations in the publication of guides and best practice information and play an active role in the formulation and development of British and European Standards and Directives.”

The core activities of the association include the organising of conferences, workshops and seminars, managing the CEA’s involvement in trade exhibitions, hosting an annual Memorial lecture and the presentation of the Lord Ezra award for innovation plus the AGM and a Members and Partners Dinner all of which are held in the House of Lords. CEA and its members also work very closely with other organisations in the publication of guides and best practice information and play an active role in the formulation and development of British and European Standards and Directives. (Lord Ezra a previous Chairman of the Coal Board has been associated with the CEA for over 21 years).

CEA are uniquely placed and are recognised as the trusted voice of the industries that it represents by Defra and The Environment Agency. CEA have also worked very closely in the past with The Carbon Trust designing and writing a Health and Safety Guide for Owners Operators and Designers of Biomass systems.

The Organisation is about to launch ‘I-GAS’ a new accreditation for people being trained on Industrial Gas Installations. The I-GAS first pilot course has been delivered at Kiwa Gastec in Stoke Orchard near Cheltenham and it will focus on some of the areas that are specific to industrial gas installations.

When asked about the company’s plans for the future, David concluded: “CEA already have the BOAS accreditation for industrial boiler Operators and Managers, which has recently been under review leading to the three distinct categories of boiler operation, Hot Water Boilers, Shell Steam Boilers and Water Tube Boilers having now trained and accredited over 2000 people in industry.” 

“We are constantly developing the activities of the CEA and we are guided in doing so by The Chairman, The Executive Committee and The Council of Members. One of the recent changes is the development of a new website to allow people to see who we are and what we do as the window to the world. Phase two of the website development is now underway and should be completed by the end of 2014 allowing more interchange of ideas between members.

“Part of this development will be the Experts Academy which aims to help and inspire young engineers and students by giving them access to experts in the world of boilers, burners and combustion including all other associated activities that the experts work on.

“Our aim is to continue to develop our services in order to bring the best solutions possible for each and every client.”


CEA will be holding a conference at the Crowne Plaza hotel Crawley, Gatwick on the 26th and 27th November 2014. Delegate_Booking_Form_Crawley.pdf 


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Arkwright Scholarships Trust

The UK’s future leaders in Engineering honoured


In an inspiring curtain-raiser to Tomorrow’s Engineers week, the Arkwright Scholarships Trust has made its largest ever award of Scholarships to future leaders in the engineering profession. 410 sixth form Scholarships have been awarded at Ceremonies in London and Glasgow.

These Scholarships act as a beacon to the most talented younger STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) students inspired by Tomorrow’s Engineers week and other outreach activities. The Scholarships help to ensure that high-potential young people stay engaged in the STEM careers pipeline.

The new Arkwright Engineering Scholars received their awards at prestigious Ceremonies supported by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Lloyd’s Register Foundation. This year’s Scholars come from all educational backgrounds acrossEngland,Scotland,Wales,Northern Irelandand theChannel Islands. 

Dr Martin Thomas, Chief Executive of the Arkwright Scholarships Trust said: “Tomorrow’s Engineers week highlights that the UK’s economic prosperity requires hundreds of thousands of new engineers and technical designers over the next few years. But we must recognise that numbers, alone, will not ensure our country’s future economic success. We also need some of these new engineers and designers to be modern-day Sir Richard Arkwrights or James Dysons – outstanding technical leaders able to guide their country to engineering success. Arkwright Engineering Scholarships help to develop this pipeline of top talent into the engineering profession.” 

Scholars are selected for their potential as future engineering leaders by assessing their academic, practical and leadership skills in STEM. These are assessed through a rigorous selection process comprising: an assessed application form including a teacher’s supporting reference; a two-hour aptitude exam; and a university-based interview.  The Scholarships support STEM students through their sixth form studies and encourage them into top universities or higher apprenticeships.

The Scholarships consist of an annual financial award to each Scholar and to his/her school, and a range of enrichment activities, such as mentoring and industry visits, that enhance a Scholar's experience of engineering and technical design in a real-world context. Arkwright Engineering Scholarships are highly regarded by universities and industry and are one of the most prestigious accolades that a talented sixth form student can achieve.

The Scholarships are supported by universities, professional institutions, trade associations, the armed services, charitable trusts, personal donors and companies such as: Atkins, ARM, Arup, BAE Systems, Balfour Beatty, Bosch, Caterpillar, Centrica, Costain, Cummins, Foster Wheeler, Jaguar Land Rover, Laing O’Rourke, Lockheed Martin, Lundin Mining, Microsoft Research, National Grid, Network Rail, Nissan,  Pilkington, QinetiQ, Renishaw, Rolls-Royce, Royal Mail, Smurfit Kappa, Stannah, TATA, Thales, Sellafield, Selex ES and Ultra Electronics. 

Seven undergraduate Scholarships, totalling £82,000 in value, were also awarded at the Ceremonies generously funded by The Reece Foundation, The Eranda Foundation, personal donors Mr and Mrs Down, and The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851. 


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