New edition of steam plant bible

The long-awaited 41st edition of Babcock & Wilcox Co.’s (B&W’s) Steam: Its Generation and Use (Figure 5) is now available for ordering on the company’s web site, The release of the book is worth noting by power plant engineers for two reasons: The tome is the world’s longest continually published (since 1875) engineering text, and it contains technical explanations and details not found anywhere else. The latest edition’s more than 1,100 pages, 1,000 illustrations, and 200 tables tell a comprehensive story of how steam is produced and how it is used to generate electricity.

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5. New testament. The 41st edition of Steam: Its Generation and Use, including a searchable CD-ROM of the book’s content, is available for ordering on Babcock & Wilcox’s web site.


Think your old, dog-eared copy of Steam 40 is good enough to avoid having to spend the dough ($105, including shipping, for delivery within North America, or $129 for delivery elsewhere) for the latest version? Think again. Steam 41 features 60% new content and includes two full-color sections—one with color plates and one for a new chapter on numerical modeling. Among its new and completely updated sections are those on burners, supercritical boilers, integrated gasification combined-cycle technology, New Source Review issues, replacement nuclear components, and environmental equipment and emissions controls. Yet another compelling reason for buying the latest edition: The book’s content is duplicated on a searchable CD-ROM that’s included behind the front cover.

"This book represents nearly 140 years of knowledge gained and best practices developed by our company," said B&W’s Steve Stultz, chief editor. "The more than 70 writers and contributors—all B&W experts in the industry—have done an exceptional job once again at making it useful, comprehensive, accurate, and reflective of current issues. Steam 41 is an indispensable resource to anyone involved in power generation."

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