Efficiency Extra Edition
BY TINA TOBUREN, P.E.
Next LM6000 Seminar:
March 17-18, 2011
Palm Springs, CA
T2E3, Inc. Will be Exhibiting at WTUI
March 20-23, 2011
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Performance Training Opportunities
Happy Engineer’s Week
This week (Feb 20-26, 2011) is Engineer’s Week, according to The National Engineers Week Foundation (www.eweek.org). This week - as every week - is a good time to mentor a young student and encourage them to pursue a career in power & engineering. I encourage you all to get involved in the local schools to share what you enjoy best about working with power equipment. I routinely visit the local universities to share my experiences with the incoming freshmen and am always amazed at the interest I see when I show pictures of facilities in action – such as the one below:
From this one picture, I can draw students into the need for civil, thermal, material, construction, start-up and design engineers. Just look at the number of axles on that trailer – and they still had to re-build the road from the rail station to the plant (it started out as a small county lane) in order to handle the weight of this HRSG section.
In my continuing pursuit of bringing more ME’s into the power industry, I will be teaching a class at Seattle University starting next month on power generation performance issues (the title of the class is “Applications in Power Generation”). I’ll be including some sections on alternative energy (solar, wind, geo-thermal, etc.) – which will be a learning experience for me, as well. I’m looking forward to it.
If you have any stories that you can share and think students would be interested in – I’d love to hear them. I may be looking for lecture material by the end of the 10 week term!
If you’re an ASME member, you can send free e-cards to all your friends and family at go.asme.org/ecards.
On The Blog
February 22nd’s post was a short overview of an article in this month’s Power Engineering magazine regarding methods to improve Gas Turbine Availability. The article goes back to a paper presented at PowerGen 2010 by a group from MHI, but the results are applicable to many aspects of power plant operation.
In a nutshell, performance (including reliability and availability) can be improved in (1) the design of the equipment, (2) good maintenance practices, (3) a good support network (for quick response and trouble-shooting), and (4) applicable upgrades.
The article also mentions the need for good monitoring systems – which would fall into category #3 above (support network). Having the right data available for early detection as well as post-even troubleshooting is essential to finding and fixing problems.
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Compressor Efficiency Tracking Software
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T2E3 Performance Analysis Services for Power Plants
Analysis Tools & Software – from customized spreadsheets to add-ins for Excel or complete compiled programs, T2E3 can develop software tools and analyses to support all your performance monitoring needs, including integrating your existing tools with available site data systems, to create online systems providing data and results in real-time.
Training – both public and private seminars are available. Interactive sessions increase attendees’ knowledge and understanding of the thermodynamic cycles, instrumentation and analyses needed to improve equipment performance and reliability.
Performance Test Support – for annual capacity or PPA performance tests. Support available includes developing procedures, analyses and reports as well as on-site test direction.
Performance and Dispatch Models – Support for power marketers and dispatchers to increase their understanding of the operation of your facility. Do they constantly dispatch the plant at loads which are difficult or impossible to maintain? T2E3 can help you build tools and training programs to help all parties understand the expected changes in performance due to ambient conditions and operating constraints.
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