SPECIAL REPORT: Trends in HRSG reliability, a 10-year review

Introduction Part 1: Cycle chemistry Part 2: Thermal transients INTRODUCTION This two-part report summarizes information on cycle chemistry and thermal transients at combined-cycle/HRSG plants shared at the industry’s leading technical forums worldwide over the last several years—such as the US-based HRSG Forum with Bob Anderson. The foundation for many presentations and discussion sessions on these […]

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Checking HRSG drum door gaskets: An open and shut case

Dogwood Energy Facility, Pleasant Hill, Mo, like many other combined cycles, opens its steam-drum doors on a routine basis to perform internal inspections. While properly aligning and closing the doors at the end of an inspection is a challenge in and of itself, the larger challenges and risks often are associated with making sure the […]

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Eliminating the risk of hot-torqueing steam drum doors

After opening drum doors for inspection, replacing manway gaskets typically calls for plant staff to tighten the manway bolts to a given torque to hold the manway cover in place while the drum is below operating pressure. The seal around the manway is formed when the pressure from the steam inside the drum provides enough […]

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Cheaper feedwater systems don’t always cost less

One of the most important systems in a powerplant is the boiler feedwater (BFW) system, says Henry Kwan of SNC Lavalin Constructors Inc, who has more than a decade of experience in the design of thermal energy systems. When well-designed it can accommodate the wide range of operating conditions required to meet today’s varying power […]

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Tap into Mexico’s extensive ACC experience at upcoming user-group meeting

Only six weeks from now, the Air-Cooled Condenser Users Group hosts its 2019 Conference at the Grand Fiesta Americana Hotel in Queretaro, Mexico—the organization’s first meeting outside the United States since its founding 11 years ago. Register today for the October 21-24 conference at the discounted early-registration fee of $295 for users. This offer ends […]

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Register for the 7EA Users Group annual conference now and save

If you own and/or operate a GE MS7001A, B, C, E, or EA gas turbine, the technical meeting offering the most “bang for the buck” is the 2019 conference and exhibition conducted by the 7EA Users Group, November 3 – 7, at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Ky. If you haven’t already signed up, […]

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JOB POSTING: COMBINED CYCLE TECHNICIAN (Bangor, PA)

Combined Cycle Technician: Talen Energy’s Lower Mount Bethel Plant Description Lower Mount Bethel Energy has a vacancy for Combined Cycle Technician. The Combined Cycle Technician operates, maintains, troubleshoots and is responsible for work associated with the Lower Mount Bethel Energy (LMBE) combined cycle generating facility. They attend, operate, maintain and observe the operation of all […]

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