A gas turbine is a rotary thermal internal combustion engine which uses the energy provided by fuel to produce mechanical energy and generate a large amount of heat in the form of hot gases. The combustion process of the raw material is in turn used to produce electrical energy. This simultaneous generation of two energy sources, electrical and heat, is called cogeneration, a high energy efficient system with a great number of applications.
Aeroderivative gas turbines are rotating thermal engines whose main use is in cogeneration, in other words, the simultaneous generation of electrical and heat energy. Smaller than combined cycle turbines, they are used in industrial processes that require the generation of both energy sources - electricity and heat - and their operating strategy is continuous. Therefore, start-ups and shutdowns severely impact the whole system. Furthermore, they necessitate stopping the associated industrial process, with the financial losses that entails. That is why it is essential to minimize unwanted start-ups and shutdowns. In this article we give you 4 tips which may help to prevent wear on Gas turbines.
Atten2 Advanced Monitoring Technologies, specialised in the development, production and marketing of on-line optical sensors for the analysis of industrial fluids, will be in Germany with its latest technological breakthroughs, which aim to transform the wind power sector. The company will present its innovative products within the framework of the Wind O&M EU 2019 trade fair, which will be held in Munich on 27th and 28th February and will bring together the key companies in Europe.
Digital technologies are transforming the production processes of industry in all sectors. The benefits associated with the digitization of production plants are already a reality and, beyond that, quantifiable. Several European studies estimate that the digitisation of products and services has the potential to provide the industry with benefits of more than 110 billion euros per year and have determined that these technologies are the reason why industrial production on the continent has increased by 8% in ten years.
The digitalisation of the industry is a deeply transformative process, the effects of which are only comparable to the Industrial Revolution. This hugely important step, which is part of the Industry 4.0 concept, is the result of implementing innovative technology that provides added knowledge to production processes.
The economy as a whole is undergoing serious changes in our days lead by the development of new and innovative information technologies which are bringing about profound transformations, not only to the big players in their respective sectors; but also leveraging the small and medium players to complete and even disrupt industries once thought consolidated or mature.
Even though predictive maintenance has proven its ability to avoid unscheduled stoppages and faults in critical components, there are still many companies that fail to consider new monitoring technologies in their maintenance plans and strategies. Often, predictive maintenance is considered as a cost and not as an investment with return, which is far from the experience of any industry that has opted for this technique and is seeing the investment quickly repaid.
Spanish wind farms are the oldest on the European continent, along with Danish and German ones. The major investment involved in renewing this equipment justifies a widespread trend in the sector: trying to prolong their useful life in order to reach 30 years of operation, ten years more than what was considered to be the maximum operation time for this equipment until recently.
Oil contamination can significantly speed up the deterioration of a lubricating system or equipment, in addition to being the source and cause of breakdowns and malfunctions in industrial machinery.
The main source of revenue loss due to machine downtime is closely linked to an excess of lubricant contamination, be it dust, water, contaminants from the process itself, the use of an incorrect lubricant or a mixture of all of these elements.