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Chapter 15
Combined Cycle Power Plant Problems

Excerpt

The combined cycle power plant as we have seen is a complex plant consisting of several major components. In this chapter, we will be dealing with all the major components as follows:

• gas turbines

• heat recovery steam generators (HRSG)

• steam turbines

This chapter has been written not as a criticism of any manufacturer but as a guide to the end-user of combined cycle power plants on what they should be looking out to ensure that they would not suffer the same problems.

  • Gas Turbines
  • Inlet Filtration Problems
  • Evaporative Cooling
  • Axial Flow Compressor
  • Inlet Guide Vanes
  • Compressor Blades
  • Diaphragms
  • Diaphragm Seals
  • Diaphragm Contact
  • Compressor Problems and Failures
  • Compressor Vanes and Blades
  • Cooling Air Contamination
  • Combustion Systems
  • Diffusion-Type Combustors
  • Dry Low-NOx Combustors
  • Dynamic Combustion Monitors
  • Transition Piece
  • Axial Flow Turbines
  • Turbine Blades
  • Wheel Space
  • Exhaust Manifold
  • Gas Turbine Expansion Joint Failures
  • Heat Recovery Steam Generators
  • Failures Experienced in HRSGs
  • Chemical Sampling and Analysis
  • Man Service Platforms
  • Freeze Protection
  • Steam Turbine
  • HP Turbine Section
  • IP Turbine Section
  • LP Turbine Section
  • Foreign Object Damage/Domestic Object Damage
  • Gland Seal Systems
  • Lubrication System Failures
  • Bearings
  • Gears

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