Mr. Turbine had a great time at the 7F Users Group’s 31st annual conference! The 7F Users Group is organized to provide an open forum through conferences and technological aids to the Owners/Operators of 7F Combustion Turbine generator systems for effective discussion, and information dissemination regarding the operation, maintenance, inspection, troubleshooting, and repair of such systems to maximize equipment performance and reliability. This is a great conference for all owners/operators of Frame 7F combustion turbines. If you would like to learn more about these turbines please join us at next year’s event !
It was great fun at the “Birdies for Boys & Girls” Golf Tournament organized by Northern Star Generation. Our very own make it a point to keep giving back to the community. To see what upcoming events we have next visit our website.
Swinging for better futures at the “Birdies for Boys & Girls” Golf Tournament organized by Northern Star Generation. All proceeds for the tournament benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Polk County, Florida. We are happy to give back to the community while enjoying some fun in the sun with great friends!
Flash back Friday to when Mr. Turbine visited Barcelona.
Even the locals know we are the turbine experts!
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Our Midwest Steam Turbine Repair facility in Pevely, Missouri is keeping busy this outage season. We’ve performed many diaphragm and rotor repairs this spring, and it looks like that will continue for at least a few more months as more steam turbine outages kick-off. If you have any diaphragm or rotor repair needs during your upcoming steam turbine inspection please reach out to us for an expert opinion and quotation. Also, at no cost to you, we can send a Steam Path Repair Subject Matter Expert to your site to review components as soon as they become available. Contact Us today to discuss potential dates for a Steam Path Repair Subject Matter Expert to arrive at site during your outage, or to request a quotation for your potential repair needs.
Join us on March 2nd at the Alstom Owner’s Group (AOG) Virtual Conference for our presentation on Steam Turbine Diaphragm Dishing Bridge Repairs. The AOG puts on a very educational event each and every year, and 2021 will be no different. Hope to see you there!
Variety of extended learning opportunities for powerplant end users
One of the distinguishing characteristics of annual meetings hosted by the Alstom Owners Group is its training courses. This year’s program, outlined below, features seven two-hour training sessions on Friday, March 5—all starting at 10:00. A good strategy might be to select the topics of greatest interest and assign plant personnel to monitor each of those sessions; then gather in the break room for a roundtable discussion of the highlights, best practices, lessons learned. Register today at no cost.
To see details of what the training topics are, and who the instructors will be, please follow this link to the CCJ article:
The steering committee for the fourth annual Alstom Owners Group (AOG) Users Conference welcomes participation by all owner/operators of gas and steam turbines in this year’s event, March 1 – 5. The majority of sessions from Tuesday (March 2) to Friday feature content pertaining to most types of turbines (see agenda below).
First step in securing your invitation is to register at www.aogusers.com; this only takes a couple of minutes. There is no registration fee. Questions? Contact conference coordinator Ashley Potts by email.
This year’s conference will be live-streamed globally from PSM’s headquarters in Jupiter, Fla. This location facilitates a virtual tour of PSM’s 105,000-ft² workshop and repair facility, complete with demonstrations at work stations of interest to owner/operators—including blade and vane repairs, additive manufacturing, flow testing, brazing of cobalt and nickel alloys, welding, and machining.
Monday, March 1. The meeting opens at 8 a.m. (Eastern) with a two-hour user-only session focusing on the repair, service, and maintenance of GT8, GT11, GT13, and GT24/26 engines, with the underlying goal of increasing reliability and controlling costs. The program features formal presentation on the liberation of a GT26 high-pressure compressor blade and instrument failures between C cycles, followed by open discussion.
2021 AOG Steering Committee
- Brian Vokal, Midland Cogeneration Venture
- Robert Bell, Tenaska Berkshire Power
- Chris Hutson, Southern Company
- Pierre Ansmann, Arnold Group
- Jeff Chapin, Liburdi Turbine Services
Discussion topics submitted by users include the following at this time:
- Recommendations related to the installation and operation of dehumidification systems, plus lessons learned.
- Experience in the 11N1 fleet with the hardwired pressure switch for starting the emergency dc lube-oil pump. User seeking guidance says he is not getting sufficient pressure drop across the manifold while simulating this low-pressure event to perform an emergency dc lube-oil function test.
- Rotor life management—repair or replace?
- Operating experience with replacement rotors manufactured by a third party (photo).
- Sharing of experiences with third-party vendors, especially in component repair (delivery issues, lag time, lack of availability, etc).
- Review of recent Technical Information Letters and other OEM notifications.
- Inspection methodology.
- Maintenance challenges.
- Inspection experiences (bearings, SB burners, EV combustor, etc).
- Re-commissioning challenges—cold and hot.
OEM participation following the user discussion session includes a formal presentation on generator maintenance and recommendations followed by Q&A.
Tuesday, March 2. A keynote presentation on cybersecurity by Mark Liggett of IGI kicks off the day at 7 a.m. Eastern. The topic: Evolving attacks threaten electric-system reliability. MD&A follows at 8 with a 30-min presentation of its generator capabilities. Half-hour sessions hosted by Pioneer Motor Bearing, TRS Global, Camfil, Doosan, and Power Services Group (PSG) follow. A vendor fair for the day’s presenters from 11 to 1 p.m. closes out the Tuesday program.
Wednesday, March 3. Presentations by solutions providers begin at 7 a.m. and conclude at 10, when the two-hour vendor fair for Wednesday presenters begins. The lineup of 30-min presentations: Liburdi Turbine, EPRI, Emerson, Rochem, Hughes Technical Services, and AGTServices.
Thursday, March 4 features the same program arrangement as Wednesday, with the following companies participating: PSM, Arnold Group, Major Tool and Machine, National Electric Coil, GCMS, and Noxco.
Friday, March 5, training day, begins at 7 a.m. with a 90-min shop tour of PSM’s facilities. Six concurrent two-hour training sessions follow. The hosts are Liburdi on gas-turbine condition assessment, Camfil on GT inlet filtration, Pioneer Motor Bearing on bearings, Emerson on control systems, AIM Power Consulting on long-term service agreements, and Hughes Technical Services on P13/blueline control system training.
Access www.aogusers.com for program updates and other announcements.
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