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September 2014 · Energy-Tech Magazine

Did you miss Electric Process Heating & On-Demand Fuel Switching?
Download the free recording today

Did you miss Gaumer Process' technical webinar,  Electric Process Heating & On-Demand Fuel Switching , on Sept. 16?  Don't worry, you can still download a free recording of the webinar here .   It discusses the core technologies...


Power plants, water treatment facilities apply new method to diagnose motor problems

With advanced, user-friendly surge testers and windings analyzers, motor diagnostics can now be performed at the push of a button. The electronic devices used to test and analyze electric motors and other equipment are much more powerful than in...


Energy-Tech webinar: Power Generating Asset Management
Sept. 30th at 1 p.m. CST (6 p.m. GMT)

Sign up for Energy-Tech's next free webinar, Power Generating Asset Mangement , with Komandur Sunder Raj. The webinar will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 1 p.m. CST (6 p.m. GMT) and will review the technological advances that can be used to develop...


What are you learning this summer?

Don’t slack off this summer – learn something! There are plenty of options to choose from, many including PDH credits. The ASME Power Conference is July 28-31 in Baltimore, Md. If you live within driving distance, or can get a cheap...


Avoiding critical voltage collapse in a changing environment

For years, capacitor banks have solved power quality challenges in transmission and distribution networks, including voltage collapses and phase shifts associated with alternating current (AC) power supply systems. What can power suppliers do to correct...


ASME: Quantifying correction curve uncertainty through empirical methods

Introduction The accuracy of a thermal performance test is typically estimated by performing an uncertainty analysis calculation in accordance with ASME PTC 19.1, or another code equivalent to it. The test uncertainty is a measure of the test quality...


You need a boiler tube analysis – Now what?

For more than 30 years, boiler tube failures have been the leading cause of lost boiler availability and forced outages. Determining the mode of damage responsible for a failure is important to ensure that the proper corrective actions are taken and...


Compressor vibration due to bearing and seal problems

The causes of turbomachinery damage are not always obvious. This article presents a case study of a compressor that had a history of minor bearing temperature issues that preceded several bearing failures. The true causes of the bearing damage were...


Evaluating creep damage in Grade 91 steels

EPRI is routinely asked to perform third-party review of failure analysis reports for power plant component failures. These reviews are often requested for components manufactured from new materials, including creep strength enhanced ferritic (CSEF)...


Outage season prep
Get details done before the big shutdown

For the huge scale of a utility power plant, it is consistently amazing how just one small problem can shut down its power production in a moment. We recently completed Energy-Tech University’s online webinar sessions, Steam and Gas Turbine Fundamentals...


Plant operating procedures to reduce error and improve safety

In the face of a challenging economic and regulatory environment, some power generation companies have found ways to improve the safe, reliable operation of their plants without increasing cost. To facilitate this kind of beneficial change, these companies...


Power generating asset management

This article provides an overview of current standards and initiatives that are involved in developing and implementing an optimum power generating asset management (PGAM) program. The article highlights the need for a holistic approach to optimizing...


Control system modernization increases reliability and improves owner’s maintainability for Michigan municipality

Turbine Technology Services (TTS) successfully retrofitted two OEM control systems operating GE MS6001B Heavy Duty Industrial Gas Turbines for Holland Board of Public Works (HBPW) between the third quarter of 2013 and the second quarter of 2014. The...


ASME: Economic design of hybrid wet-dry cooling systems

All thermal power plants release waste heat to the environment. The waste heat ranges from about 70 percent of the energy in the fuel for a traditional Rankine-cycle nuclear power plant to about 40 percent for a modern combined-cycle gas turbine plant....


New RS5 sensor from Ludeca

The RS5 sensor from Ludeca is a smarter, faster and highly accurate sensor for the mid-range shaft alignment market segment. Its XL HD detector, combined with the powerful InfiniRange functionality makes its measurement range virtually unlimited,...


New advanced FIT AODD Pumps from Wilden

Wilden, part of Dover Corporation’s Pump Solutions Group (PSG®), introduced the Advanced FIT line of Air-Operated Double-Diaphragm (AODD). Advanced FIT AODD pumps precisely “FIT” bolt-to-bolt and pipe-to-pipe in existing fluid-handling...


All electric pipe bending machine boosts manufacturing throughput

Unison all-electric pipe bending machine can help improve production accuracy and throughput of complex large-bore hydraulic piping systems. The machine also is designed to help improve manufacturing efficiency by reducing the number of steps required...


Victaulic introduces VE206 Portable Roll Groover

Victaulic , a manufacturer of mechanical pipe-joining systems, introduced the VE206 portable roll-grooving tool. The tool provides a versatile, durable pipe-grooving solution to make pipe preparation more efficient in the field. The VE206 portable...


New Kop-Flex service program recertifies used, high-performance couplings

Emerson’s Power Transmission Solutions introduced a new program for restoring used high-performance couplings to like-new condition , certified to API 671, with a full original factory warranty. Ideal for high-speed (>1,800 rpm) couplings...


HRST Inc.appoints new CEO, CFO

HRST Inc. announced two changes in leadership. - Victor Ferris was promoted to the dual role of CEO and president of HRST Inc. This is the culmination of a four-year transition process implemented by the former CEO and Founder, Robert Krowech....


Agnew new director of NDE Products for Structural Integrity Associates Inc.

Structural Integrity Associates announced that Joe Agnew joined the company as director of NDE products based out of the Huntersville, NC, office. In this newly created role, he will be responsible for leveraging all existing NDE products and services...


Universal AET Board promotes Strojinc to president, COO

Universal Acoustic & Emission Technologies’ Board of Directors recently approved the election of Dick Strojinc to the office of president and chief operations officer, the company announced. Strojinc was previously executive vice president...


Solenis is the new name for Ashland Water Technologies

Ashland Water Technologies has a new name – Solenis . Rooted in “solutions” and “genesis,” the name underscores the company’s mission to be at the source – the genesis – of solutions for its customers....


Danfoss appoints new public affairs director

Danfoss , a manufacturer of high-efficiency electronic and mechanical components and controls for air-conditioning, heating, refrigeration, industrial and water systems, announced the appointment of Mark Menzer as director of Public Affairs in North...


Structural Integrity Assoc. Inc. receives ASME Corporate Appreciation Award

Structural Integrity Associates Inc. , an engineering consulting company for the energy and power industry, was presented the Corporate Appreciation Award by J. Robert Sims, Jr., the president of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), at...


Schenck Corp. celebrates 50th Anniversary

Schenck Corp. of Deer Park, N.Y., is the North American headquarters of Schenck GmbH in Germany, a global manufacturer of industrial balancing machines. Schenck will honor its 50th anniversary of doing business in North America with a celebration...


Forney Corp. acquires FlameHawk product

Forney Corp. acquired the FlameHawk product line from UTC Aerospace . Forney Corp. is a global supplier of products and systems that control and monitor combustion processes in electric utility and heavy industrial applications. Flamehawk is a...


DellaVilla receives gas turbine tech award

Strategic Power Systems Inc. announced that Salvatore DellaVilla, Jr., founder, chairman and CEO of SPS, was presented with the 2014 Industrial Gas Turbine Technology Award at the recent ASME/IGTI Turbo Expo Conference in Dusseldorf, Germany. This...


Watlow Expands its San Jose Facility

Watlow  recently added 25,000 sq. ft. to its R&D facility in San Jose, Calif. The expansion increases the manufacturing footprint while providing space for an improved R&D lab, a line heating prototype lab, a Class 1000 clean room, as...


Oct. 26-28, 2014
Power Plant Management & Generation Summit

Atlanta, Ga. www.ppmgsummit.com


Nov. 3-4, 2014
CCGT 2014: O&M and Lifecycle Management for CCGT Power Plants

Houston, Texas www.tacook.com/ccgt-usa


Nov. 11-14, 2014
Advanced Vibration Control

Syria, Va. www.vi-institute.org

 

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