HRSGs: Tapping global know-how to expand local options

A special report by Consulting Editor Steve Stultz based on information shared at the HRSG Forum with Bob Anderson The 2018 HRSG Forum with Bob Anderson, held in Houston, March 5-7, like its predecessor in Charlotte, captured the topics of immediate interest to HRSG experts and combined-cycle system owner/operators. There were spirited discussions before, during, […]

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Departure of industry leaders accelerates

For several years, a topic of discussion at virtually every user-group meeting attended by the editors was that the industry is ageing rapidly and retirements are near at hand. The question, “Who was going to fill the shoes of the talented managers, supervisors, and O&M personnel heading for the exit?” was asked over and over […]

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European meeting validates topics under consideration for upcoming HRSG Forum

The fifth annual meeting of the European HRSG Forum (EHF2018), held May 15-18, in Bilbao, Spain, attracted 72 participants from 16 countries. Dr Barry Dooley of Structural Integrity Associates Inc, who chaired the meeting as he had done previously, considered the event “highly successful.” EHF is supported by the International Assn for the Properties of […]

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NDT innovations showcased at HRSG Forum

Innovations, looks forward, and disclosure of new ideas were hallmarks of the second annual HRSG Forum with Bob Anderson, held earlier this year in Houston. TesTex Inc, Pittsburgh, Pa, was there with a collection of ideas including its proprietary remote field electromagnetic technique (RFET) equipment (Fig 1).  For internal tube inspection, TesTex has developed and operates this […]

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Advanced manufacturing center enables Conval to better serve HRSG users 

HP superheater and reheater drain-system designs and operating practices that do not remove all condensate prior to initiation of steam flow during cold, warm, and hot startups are unable to protect tube-to-header connections, header bores, and nozzle-to-header connections from severe thermal fatigue damage. Such damage has resulted in many premature tube failures and can be […]

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