CCJ ONsite: '12 CTOTF Fall Turbine Forum

Update #1

Reserve your seat now for the 37th annual Fall Turbine Users Conference, conducted by the Combustion Turbine Operations Technical Forum (CTOTF), September 16-20, at San Diego's Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Resort & Spa. Chairman Bob Kirn of TVA and the Leadership Committee of 30 subject-matter experts have developed a content-rich program encompassing 15 sessions (called roundtables) totaling 74 hours of presentations and discussion. Here is a rundown:
Engine-specific roundtables 
  • GE F-class
  • Siemens F- and G-class
  • GE E-class and legacy engines
  • Siemens V- and H-class
  • Siemens legacy engines
  • Alstom
  • Solar Turbines
  • Pratt & Whitney
  • GE Aero
  • Mitsubishi
Beyond the engine roundtables
  • Industry issues
  • O&M and business practices
  • Combined cycles
  • Regulatory and compliance
  • Generator, HV electrical, and I&C     more 

Tip rubs typically are considered the most common cause of R1 blade-tip distress in 7FA compressors. Such distress can lead to radial tip cracks (leading and trailing edge) and tip liberations with significant collateral damage to forward and aft compressor stages. This is not news, as a review of TIL 1509-R3 indicates. But what is news, Mike Hoogsteden, field service manager for engine inspection experts Advanced Turbine Support LLC, told the editors, is that cracks are appearing more frequently than in the past. more

A steam-turbine OEM released a safety bulletin last week warning of possible localized overheating of drain piping and valves. Pictures incorporated into the bulletin showed a ruptured steam drain and a glowing (cherry red) isolation valve. Consensus view of several knowledgeable engineers: The condition described is not specific to any given OEM and that it possibly could occur as well in steam drains other than those on the turbine. more

TICA, the Turbine Inlet Cooling Assn, announces online forum for gas-turbine users, webinars, a database of TIC installations, technical papers.

Charity benefit for Muscular Dystrophy. Dean Motl, plant manager, New Harquahala Generating Co LLC, announces the eighth annual Joe Lopez Memorial Golf Tournament, September 24, at the Raven at Verrado Golf Club in Buckeye, Ariz.

Calpine Corp's second quarter results indicative of industry trends. 

King Gas. Southern Company leads the charge. more







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