Monitoring & Diagnostic Service: The basics
Because M&D detects operational anomalies in real time, it gives you more control of your plant’s reliability through deeper insights of what’s happening inside your equipment. Why wait for issues to occur, when you can look around the corner and plan how you will react? When you’re able to monitor things like rotor dynamics, steam conditions, seal integrity and inlet valve performance in real time, you can stay one—or ten—steps ahead in your outage planning.
Just as important, M&D can help you manage the lifecycle of your core assets, i.e. your steam turbine power generation shaftline. Monitoring leading indicators (or proactive indicators) will give you early insight into how your equipment is aging, enabling you to act at the right time and focus your attention on the areas that matter most.
For example, you can…
- monitor chemistry and steam conditions to find out about corrosion
- watch cyclic behavior to learn about fatigue
- observe steam temperature levels to gain insight into creep life consumption
If any of these conditions become more prevalent , you can adapt your operation profile or plan to focus on the resulting failure modes during your next outage.