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Checklist of safety TILs and PSSBs affecting 6B gas turbines

Technical Information Letters TIL 2101, Modification of manual lever hoist for safe rotor removal. 2044, Dry flame sensor false flame indication while turbine is offline. 2028, Control settings for GE Reuter Stokes flame sensors. 2025, GE Reuter Stokes FTD325 dry flame sensors, false flame indication. 1986, Braid-lined flexible metal-hose failures. 1918, 6B Riverhawk load-coupling hardware …

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Safety Roundtable: Reliable alarms critical to personnel safety

Safety is the first discussion topic at Frame 6 meetings and most other user-group conferences. This roundtable is led by Gillis, whose position as gas-turbine technology lead for ExxonMobil’s worldwide fleet of engines gives him a global perspective to share with attendees. OSHA is not global and America does not have all the answers. Gillis’ …

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Compressor Roundtable: Should you retain or remove inlet silencers?

The Compressor Roundtable included discussion of the following: HEPA hydrophobic filters. A user said his HEPA filters had been in service for two years and provided very dependable output over that time. Compressor remained clean. Some users touted the benefits of removing inlet silencers—including a lower delta p across the inlet system while mitigating compressor …

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I&C Roundtable: Control-system upgrade generates much discussion

This session included a debate on the pros and cons of upgrading control systems versus retaining/maintaining legacy controls. Several users supported the idea of sticking with legacy systems because there’s a vibrant third-party supplier community available for support—including parts and knowledgeable technicians. An operator with Mark VI controls said his plant upgraded to Mark VIe …

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The Frame 6 value proposition

John F D Peterson, one of the Frame 6 Users Group’s founders, conducts his highly regarded four-hour introductory course on the 6B the day before the annual conference officially begins. This session is offered by the steering committee to acquaint new members on the (1) history of improvement in both thermal and mechanical performance since …

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Film-forming substances (FFS): The next frontier in cycle chemistry

If you’ve been in the power-generation business for a couple of decades—and made your bones at baseload, coal-fired, water-cooled plants, in particular—you may believe you know all there is to know about Rankine-cycle steam/water chemistry. Perhaps that’s true, for that type of facility. But with coal-fired plants being shuttered in increasing numbers you may find …

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Roundtable discussions help Frame 6 users solve current problems

Perhaps no one understands your job-related challenges better than colleagues with the same engine. That’s what makes the Frame 6 Users Group’s compressor, turbine, combustion, and I&C roundtables particularly valuable. These sessions allow you to describe issues of concern to fellow users and let them suggest possible solutions based on their experiences. Think of it …

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Plant equipment meeting expectations? Check the performance dashboard

BASF-Geismar’s operations staff was challenged to develop a tool that provides a simple and intuitive display of the performance of the Utilities Dept’s systems and equipment. Critical to the development of a user-friendly performance dashboard are the following: Identify the proper key performance indicators (KPI) to monitor. Model equipment/system performance accurately to provide appropriate target …

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