Frame 6 meeting helps maximize the value of legacy assets; register today!

The Frame 6 Users Group moves its 2019 meeting location to the West Coast after conducting last year’s conference in Florida. The venue is the Hilton Orange County in Costa Mesa, Calif, June 10 to 13. Not much changes in the organization of this group’s meetings year over year. Content always is technical, generally focusing […]

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User discussion: Some 6B turbines nearing replacement age

Discussion on the turbine section always is robust at Frame 6 Users Group meetings, likely because there are many “senior” machines in the fleet—those with well over 100k operating hours. Current thinking of the OEM and a few others is that an end-of-life inspection should be done at about 100,000 hours and that the rotor […]

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Vendor presentations on combustion hardware, fire safety applicable to all engines

With much of the time at Frame 6 meetings devoted to user presentations and deep discussion, there remains limited time for vendor presentations. Each year, the steering committee chooses two third-party vendor presentations in tune with what owner/operators are experiencing in the field. The topics selected for the 2018 meeting dealt with combustion hardware and […]

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European user boosts 6B compressor performance by coating blades, installing HEPA filters

The user-only compressor session in 2018 didn’t include any new topics, at least while the editors were in the room. At most 6B meetings, discussions include filter experience (HEPA in particular in recent years), online and offline washing, corrosives and particulates in the air impacting compressor cleanliness (and how to remove them), inlet bleed heat, […]

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GE Day: 6B dissected from inlet to exhaust

The Frame 6B OEM was responsible for the Wednesday technical program and split the day with the morning dedicated to fleet-wide topics suggested by the steering committee and the afternoon divided among three discussion-focused breakout sessions catering to specific user interests. A “state of the frame” presentation launched the GE Day program with highlights of […]

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Safety a high-profile discussion topic at Frame 6B meetings

The main technical program at Frame 6 meetings begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday morning (June 11 in 2019), following Monday’s engine familiarization workshop and welcome reception and dinner. Roundtable discussions led by members of the steering committee and one of the two invited vendor presentations fill the first-day program until the vendor fair and reception at […]

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How manual controls help in troubleshooting legacy GE gas turbines

Turbine Tip No. 2, from the Dave Lucier’s PAL Turbine Services O&M solutions library, applies to General Electric Frame 5 models K-LA and M-P, and early 6Bs, 7Bs, and 7Cs, equipped with Y&F fuel regulator and Speedtronic™ Mark I, II, and IV controls. Overfiring a gas turbine during startup can be a serious condition, particularly […]

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