By Robert X. Perez
When put in and operated competently, common goal steam generators are trustworthy and have a tendency to be forgotten, i.e., out of sound and out of mind. yet, they are often sound asleep giants which can lead to significant complications if ignored. 3 actual steam turbine bad outcomes that instantly spring to mind are:
- Injury and secondary harm because of an overspeed failure. An overspeed failure on a tremendous steam or fuel turbine is without doubt one of the such a lot scary of business accidents.
- The excessive price of an in depth overhaul because of an undetected part failure. a massive steam turbine fix can rate ten or extra instances that of a backyard style centrifugal pump repair.
- Costly creation loses due a longer outage if the pushed pump or compressor teach is unspared. the worth of misplaced creation can fast exceed fix costs.
A significant objective of this booklet is to supply readers with certain working technique aimed toward decreasing those dangers to minimum levels. Start-ups are complex via the truth that operators needs to care for a variety of start-up eventualities, such as:
- Commissioning a newly put in steam turbine
- Starting ups after a tremendous steam turbine repair
- Starting up a confirmed steam turbine after an outage
- Overspeed journey testing
It isn't sufficient to easily have a collection of approaches within the keep an eye on room for reference. To be powerful, working systems has to be in actual fact written down, taught, and practiced—until they develop into habit.
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The two radial bearings support the steam turbine shaft near each end of the turbine. These bearings are usually plain sleeve (journal) type bearings (also known as hydrodynamic bearings); they use an oil film to support the shaft and prevent the shaft from contacting the bearing surface directly. Bearing design has improved over the years and now there are many different types of hydrodynamic bearings that have different characteristics that can 32 Operator’s Guide to General Purpose Steam Turbines be used for various applications.
6 Lip Seals Lip seals have been used for many years within the machinery industry. 20 below. The lip seal, which can be made of rubber, plastic or leather, will contact the rotating shaft to provide the seal or contact area between the shaft and the bearing housing. The lip seal is normally loaded by a metal garter spring connected around the out area of the lip seal. This spring provides the force to push the lip seal onto the shaft and makes the seal. In most cases, the lip seal will wear gradually as time passes and, as the shaft surface speed increases, the expected wear rate will increase accordingly.
Courtesy of Elliott Group) carbon seals will reduce the steam pressure and leakage to the atmosphere. Most steam turbines have a series of carbon packing rings that the steam must traverse in order to leak out to the atmosphere. 27 that there is a special gland leak off that assists in dropping the steam pressure as the steam leaks to the atmosphere. Gland leak offs are not always present but when they are they add another barrier to prevent the steam from leaking out and impinging on the bearing housing.