Optimum performance by gas turbine machines require effective and timely maintenance and repair. This ensures that the machines do not go out of order due to any faults and even if they are broken, their downtime is very less. A gas turbine power plant needs a dedicated department that offers effective maintenance and repair process.
Few common maintenance tasks that are carried out for a gas turbine machine are:
- Operations, mechanical, electrical, protection control, instrumentation, metering, environment, safety and health are major maintenance departments in which turbine service providers play a major role. Daily routine checks on all major plant equipment is necessary to ensure that the working is always accurate. Present readings of auxiliary items are compared to the previous readings and any anomaly are detected and cured. Early detection of faults is necessary to prevent any damage to the turbine machines.
- Routine checks and minor inspections involve any day to day fault finding with the machines and its repair and maintenance. During minor inspections, gas turbine plants are usually shut down for a minimum time to carry out inspection on turbine parts. This usually involves a visual inspection by the turbine service.
- Hot Gas Path Inspection is yet another imperative inspection that includes the combustion chamber, the compressor blade region and so on. Inspection and replacement is needed if carried out for any defective parts.
- Major inspection of gas turbine machine involves dismantling of the machine detailed visual inspection and repair of the plant items, depending upon the condition.
These categories would effectively enhance the performance of gas turbine machines.
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