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Easily connect with and view presentations from key suppliers @ 7FUG 2020, Part III

One of the unique aspects of the 7F Users Group’s 2020 Digital Conference is the opportunity to interact online with the OEM and nearly 50 third-party solutions providers. Ten companies in the latter group were selected by the steering committee to conduct live technical presentations of one or two hours during Weeks Two, Three, and Four of the five-week …

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Webinars, virtual conferences help users identify, implement plant-betterment solutions

If the coronavirus pandemic has taught us one thing, having the ability to access the expert information needed to perform O&M tasks at the highest level without leaving the plant (or home) is vital. With good internet connections generally available at most powerplants, the challenge might be finding the information required. You likely have several …

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Steam Turbine Users Group 2019: Vendor presentation recaps

“Steam Turbine Repair Planning and Execution,” Bryan Grant, Advanced Turbine Support LLC. Whether you inspect/repair your plant’s steam turbine or contract out those services, Bryan Grant’s presentation is a valuable reference for O&M personnel, one possibly worthwhile reviewing ahead of your ST inspection/maintenance outages. It’s available on the Power Users website 24/7. Grant offers tips …

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Steam Turbine Users Group 2019: User presentation recaps

The speaker making the first technical presentation at the 2019 meeting discussed damage to the first three stages (blades and diaphragms) of his steamer caused by what he termed “magnetite throw”—a way of describing solid-particle erosion. An attendee mentioned that strainers were added to bypass valves at his plant to protect the turbine against such …

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What GE told STUG2020 attendees about its steam turbines

Matt Foreman, platform leader, Combined-Cycle Steam-Turbine Services, opened the GE Day program at the 2020 virtual meeting of the Steam Turbine Users Group (STUG) with an overview of the topics to be discussed, including: fleet updates, valve and turbine-casing cracking, valve upgrade experience, D11 rotor bow, assessments to improve operability and reduce O&M spend, and …

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EPRI reports offer a short course on delamination of hardfacing and how to avoid it

EPRI led a research effort from 2013 to 2015 to identify contributing factors to the large number of hardfacing failures—a/k/a delamination or disbonding events—experienced industry-wide. The project purposely engaged stakeholders in the valve supply chain with both users and valve manufacturers sponsoring the effort. Content summaries of the three technical update documents issued in 2015 …

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Stellite delamination is preventable, but owner/operators must ‘enforce’ the solution

Liberation of cobalt-based hardfacing (oft-used Stellite™ being one of these materials) from large Grade 91 valves installed in combined-cycle main and hot-reheat (HRH) steam systems, and in steam turbines, was a hot topic in the industry about a decade ago. With the need for an evidence-based solution, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) assembled a …

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Minimize growth of ‘non-cash crop’ in your cooling water system

A combination of ultrasonic energy, AM radio-frequency waves, and sun shades managed to tame severe algae growth in the cooling tower at River Road Generating Station, according to Operations Manager Justin Hartsoch, GE Gas Power O&M. He told participants in the 2021 conference of the Combined Cycle Users Group (virtual) that algae blooms became a …

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Weld repair clinic particularly valuable to users with limited HRSG experience

You’ll want to watch the video below from Bill Kitterman’s “Tube Repair Clinic: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly,” even if just to see the pictures of the “uglier” and the “ugliest” tube-to-header welds (photos). In true photojournalism fashion, Kitterman, head of Bremco Inc, now part of SVI Industrial, described six different styles of …

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