ETD & University of Manchester collaboration listed in the ‘Best Practice Representative’ Award in the 2018 UK Parliamentary Review

  Dr John Wilson of the University of Manchester working on further development of the EM sensor.

Dr John Wilson of the University of Manchester working on further development of the EM sensor.

ETD has been working with the University of Manchester, to develop an electromagnetic (EM) sensor to detect micro-scale damage in high temperature industrial components. A part of this work, involving the testing of large components under pressure and high temperature in a laboratory, was carried out using large test rigs. The university tested the electromagnetic sensor with regards to its capability for inspecting creep damage at various test/ life intervals.

One of the project sponsors has shown particular interest in this electromagnetic sensor; as a result, we are now leading a project sponsored by Japanese industry, for further development of this sensor. It is now considered as a possible replacement of replication in the integrity and life assessment of high temperature power and process plant. The sensor has proved to be particularly useful for detecting aberrant P91 and P92 steels.

  EM sensor on P92 pipe - martensitic microstructure at one end, aberrant at the other end.

EM sensor on P92 pipe - martensitic microstructure at one end, aberrant at the other end.

For more information about our on-going group sponsored projects, please click here.

Excellent Opportunity to join a New Group Sponsored Project "Feasibility Study of Drones & Miniature Robots for Power & Process Plant Inspection"

ETD, together with its industry sponsors, are planning to start a new multi-client Group Sponsored Project (GSP) at the start of 2018. The mere size of industrial plant (such as, for example, power plant boilers and HRSGs, burners, ducting etc.) means that visually examining various parts needs time, costly scaffolding and hazardous climbing. Some preliminary investigations on the use of commercial drones, with basic modifications for safe operation, are now being considered by some industrial plants. Similarly, the use of small robots or robotic arms that can help to inspect difficult to access areas or operate in environments that are hazardous can save cost, money and lives.

The aim of this short term (up to six months duration) feasibility study GSP “Drones and Robots for Inspection” is to investigate automated devices available in the market and those being developed by universities, research institutes or SMEs and make recommendations for appropriate and cost effective devices (which may even be used as consumables, for example, 3D printed drones with light plastic frames and safety cages) for industrial inspection. Please click on the image below to see a brief of the proposal.

The benefit of joining this GSP, in which costs are shared, is that each participant gains the results of the whole project at a fraction of the total project cost.

As this is a feasibility study project the costs involved are very small. For the detailed proposal and costs involved please contact us.

Excellent Opportunity to Join New & Active Group Sponsored Projects

ETD are planning to start four new multi-client or Group Sponsored Projects (GSPs) at the start of 2018. This is a good opportunity to consider how you can benefit from this offer of being involved in any of these four projects, or a currently running project, for a fraction of the total project cost. Apart from the data and reports/guidelines produced there is much learning through other project partners and experts during the on-going discussions and six-monthly project meetings which partners can attend in person or by Skype/ Video-Conferencing etc.

Details of the projects and the opportunities being offered can be seen by clicking on the image.

Launch of a new Group Sponsored Project - "Crack Assessment in Turbines": ETD's 'CRACKFIT' Procedure and Software for Pressure Vessels - Now Being Expanded to Include Cracks in Turbines

ETD Proposal No: 1576-tp-prop17

To read the Technical Proposal Outline please click on the Proposal Image.

ETD has launched a new proposal for a Group Sponsored Project. The proposal is entitled ‘CRACKFIT – Defect Assessment Tool for Boilers/Pressure Vessels & Turbines’. 

Crackfit© is the ETD’s commercial procedure and software for assessing cracks in pressure vessels, piping and standard fracture mechanics specimens, both at low and high temperature. It is based on the prototype initially developed with the support of the European Commission and European industry. The commercial version was developed by ETD as a joint venture in collaboration with the European industry and independently verified by experts. Crackfit carries out crack and life assessment both deterministically and probabilistically - probably the most advanced procedure for probabilistic crack assessment. Crackfit significantly reduces the time required to carry out assessment, in some cases from weeks to days!  Crackfit comes with an optional crack initiation and growth database for base metal, HAZ and welds and for many materials of interest to industry.  It deals with defects such as lack of fusion / penetration in welds (defects at weld toes), internal and external surface emerging or embedded defects in straight pipes and pipe bends, defects at stress concentrations such as sharp corners (T-pieces, nozzles), defects in plates etc.

The software is user friendly for industry engineers who would like to carry out defect assessments without having to go through the different established codes or country / in-house defect assessment practices. Procedures including BS7910, the French code RCC-MR A16 and the European procedure ‘HIDA’ are available as software options. The software allows for failure analysis (fast fracture, plastic collapse and ligament rupture) and the evaluation of damage mechanisms such as creep, fatigue, and creep-fatigue interaction.

If you would like to obtain the full proposal or would like to discuss this Group Sponsored Project in more detail, please don't hesitate to contact us

ETD's Invitation to Join New & On-Going Group Sponsored Projects (GSPs)

In response to the needs of the international industry, ETD Consulting regularly launches new multi-client projects which are open to all.

ETD has excellent expertise through its in-house R&D, plant service/technical consulting and project management experience and links with plant manufacturers, plant operators, service providers and researchers from around the world. The company is thus in an ideal position to conduct such projects on behalf of project partners/sponsors and bring together plant experience from best run plants and the latest technology development in Europe, Japan, USA and elsewhere.

The benefit of joining these GSPs, in which costs are shared, is that each participant gains the data and results of the whole project at a fraction of the total project cost. All work is carried out by ETD and its expert staff/ consultants but the sponsors determine its direction.

Please click on the image to access more information about each of our GSPs

Launch of a new Group Sponsored Project on Aberrant P91 Inspection, Repair and Life Extension

ETD Proposal No: 1558-gsp-prop17

To read the GSP Outline please click on the Proposal Image.

ETD has launched a new proposal for a Group Sponsored Project. The proposal is entitled 'Early Stage Damage Inspection, Repair & Life Extension of Aberrant P91 Components'. This newly launched proposal is aimed at testing some of the NDE techniques, tried and established in the earlier project, on the P91 aberrant microstructures, It is also looking at testing some newer NDE techniques developed since the start of the earlier project, and, also look at new ideas and technologies for the strengthening and life extension of P91 components which have either developed creep damage or contain aberrant microstructures.

As this is a Group Sponsored Project (GSP) costs are shared between a number of sponsors so each pays only a fraction of the total project cost. 

If you would like to obtain the full proposal or would like to discuss this Group Sponsored Project in more detail, please don't hesitate to contact us

Launch of a New Group Sponsored Project by ETD "Reliability Issues with Gas Turbines Operating in Baseload and/ or Cycling Modes"

ETD Proposal No: 1475-gsp-prop16

To read the GSP Outline please click on the Proposal Image.

ETD has launched a new proposal for a Group Sponsored Project. The proposal is entitled ‘Reliability Issues with Gas Turbines Operating in Baseload and/ or Cycling Modes’. The overall objective of this project is to ‘identify issues with the operation of open (or simple) cycle and combined cycle combustion turbines and provide information, methodologies and guidance on ways to address reliability and performance problems’. ETD will therefore perform a detailed evaluation of the technical factors and issues that impact the performance of a range of combustion turbine models, including impacts of a range of operating conditions both for base load and cyclic operation. ETD has a good background in this as it has carried out similar work for its clients in North America and Europe. As this is a Group Sponsored Project (GSP) costs are shared between a number of sponsors so each pays only a fraction of the total project cost. 

If you would like to obtain the full proposal or would like to discuss this Group Sponsored Project in more detail, please don't hesitate to contact us

Launch of a New Group Sponsored Project by ETD "Protection & Preservation of Compressors in Gas Turbines"

ETD Proposal No: 1471-gsp-prop16

To read the GSP Outline please click on the Proposal Image

ETD has launched a new proposal for a Group Sponsored Project. The proposal is titled ‘Protection and Preservation of Industrial Gas Turbine Compressors’. This study is intended to provide operators of Industrial Gas Turbines (IGTs) with information to improve their inspection and maintenance planning in relation to the IGT compressor, and to enhance the economics of plant operation. This will allow them to target improvements and optimize expenditure on related aspects of their plant Operations and Maintenance. Such optimization can potentially save plant operators $millions, in terms of improved output and thermal efficiency, as explained in the proposal. This idea comes from the problems faced by some ETD clients, who have experienced damage and degradation of their IGT compressor.

As this is a Group Sponsored Project (GSP) where the project costs are shared between a number of sponsors, the fee for participation in the project is only a fraction of the full project cost. If you would like to obtain a detailed proposal, or would like to discuss options to join this Group Sponsored Project, then please don't hesitate to contact us

ETD launches 'WELDLIFE' Group Sponsored Project for Industry - Avoidance of P91 Type IV failure in P91 and P92 Steels - Invitation to Participate and Attend Webinar

ETD IS HOSTING A WEBINAR ON 15 JANUARY 2015 at 16.00h (UK time) to present this GSP to potential Sponsors, present initial research results, answer questions, discuss costs and work schedule etc. If your organisation may be interested in participating then please contact us.


ETD Consulting ETD Consulting are pleased to launch another Group Sponsored Project (GSP) – “WELDLIFE” - for international industry sponsorship. 


About WELDLIFE

“Type IV” in-service creep cracking at weld heat-affected zones in leading power plant steels, such as P91 and P92, has often been considered to be a costly but unavoidable life-limiting problem.  However, recent UK industrial and collaborative research projects indicate that by a) improving the heat treatment, and, b) altering the welding processes, the life of welded components can in fact be improved by a factor of the order of 2 to 3 times by measures that will slow down or prevent Type IV cracking.  This should result in tremendous benefits for the steel producers, plant manufacturers, plant operators and welding companies alike.

The preliminary findings, exciting as they are, need to be proven in practical application and demonstrated through model component testing, long term stress rupture/ creep testing data generation, and detailed analyses for long term safe life prediction and assessment. This new GSP is aimed at achieving these objectives. It is encouraging that some of the industry partners involved in the preliminary projects have shown interest in being involved and contributing their knowledge base, experience and test materials.
 
The work programme and the indicative costs shown in the Project Outline are subject to discussion between the potential industry sponsors.

For this purpose ETD are organising a one hour webinar on Thursday 15 January at 1600 hours (UK time), which will also present the initial research results.  Further information about the webinar will be sent to all those who show interest in this project.

The webinar will be followed, a few weeks later, by a project meeting in Leatherhead- Surrey  (just south of London, about 40 minutes train journey from Victoria or Waterloo train stations). Those who cannot join in person will have the choice of joining  by video conferencing.
  
We look forward to hearing from you.  

What is a Group Sponsored Project (GSP)?

In response to the needs of the international industry, ETD Consulting regularly launches new Group Sponsored Projects for participation by organisations from around the world. The benefit of joining these GSPs, in which costs are shared, is that each participant gains the results of the whole project at a fraction of the full project cost. Read more about our GSPs here.