October 2018 Technology Newsletter

Please click on the image below to access the latest edition (October 2018) of ETD's Technology Newsletter. This illustrates various power and process plant activities, new technologies and methodologies developed for plant inspection, integrity and life assessment through our Third Party and Group Sponsored Projects (GSPs).

Also in this newsletter you will find useful and interesting information on ETD’s unique Services for New & Running Plants involving Inspection, Monitoring, Assessment & Life Extension Services using various state-of-the-art techniques like Scanning Force Microscope (SFM) for early stage damage detection, Miniature sample removal (boat sampling) for quality checks and life/condition assessment, Precision Portable Hardness Tester (known as ‘Smart Sleeve’), ‘Obikou’ for Pipe Strengthening and Life Extension and Defect/Crack Assessment.

Offer of Unique P91, P92 Services for New & Running Plants

In this P91/P92 Services Brochure you will find useful and interesting information on ETD’s unique P91, P92 Services for New & Running Plants. These include:

a) Inspection, Monitoring, Assessment & Life Extension Services: Over the last decade through its collaborative research programmes, with its international industry partners, involving large pipe testing ETD has developed a suite of specialist inspection and monitoring techniques and life assessment methodologies that it offers to plants worldwide. These are offered in addition to the conventional NDE techniques for the detection and sizing of defects, together with replication and portable hardness testing for component condition and remaining life assessment. ETD carries out code-based calculations of creep life using either deterministic or probabilistic (another of ETD specialities) methodologies. Examples of these techniques include: Scanning Force Microscope (SFM) for early stage damage detection, Miniature sample removal (boat sampling) for quality checks and life/condition assessment, Precision Portable Hardness Tester (known as ‘Smart sleeve’), ‘Obikou’ for Pipe Strengthening and Life Extension and Defect/Crack Assessment.

 b) Root Cause Failure Analysis: Over the years ETD has developed an expertise in the root cause failure investigation of P91 and P92 components/welds. In the recent past, ETD has investigated a range of failures of T91 tube components and welds, and cracking in P91 pipes and drain-line components in conventional boilers and HRSGs. In these investigations, ETD identifies the root cause of the damage, and proposes remedial actions and solutions to the problem.

c) Consultancy & Guidelines on Materials & Welding: ETD provides P91 and P92 users with advice and guidance on the metallurgy, welding and heat treatment of these steels. This service includes reviewing weld procedure specifications (WPS) for similar and dissimilar metal welds, inspection of NDE records, and guidelines for repair welding of P91. The advice is provided to both the plant operators and designers/ manufacturers. This advice is based on ETD’s P91 experience in a number of Group Sponsored Projects including its running of the International P91 Users Group (Int. P91UG) for international industry over more than a decade and its involvement as consultants to many a power plants worldwide.

For further details of our P91/P92 services and opportunities being offered, please click on the image above.

Dr Malgorzata Wiatros-Motyka of IEA Clean Coal Centre, UK, shares her thoughts on ETD’s Int. Conference on ‘Power Plant Flexibility’ held in London in July 2018

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ETD successfully hosted a 3-Day Conference on ‘Power Plant Operation & Flexibility’ in July 2018 at The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), London.

The overall aim of this Conference was to provide an international forum for the exchange of knowledge, information, experience and data where possible. Hence plant owners and operators were the prime audience in this conference. It also attracted several researchers, plant manufacturers and inspection bodies. The underlying aim was ‘how to reduce costs associated with plant maintenance and cycling’. Key aspects were engineering design and materials R&D, cost analysis and plant management/ maintenance.

Dr Malgorzata Wiatros-Motyka of IEA Clean Coal Centre, UK, shared her highlights from the Conference and posted them on the IEA Clean Coal Centre website. To see her thoughts, please click here.

Renting of Electrical Discharge Sampling Equipment to a client for a project in Asia

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ETD was approached by a European based company to rent their Electrical Discharge Sampling Equipment (EDSE) for a month to cut samples from a power plant in Asia.

The EDSE was developed by ETD in collaboration with international partners to aid in the condition and life assessment of components. The sampling of in-service components has long been seen as an effective way of determining actual material properties and sub-surface material condition. However, many of the existing methods of sample removal require mechanical cutting which can deform the surface and usually require weld repair. Unlike the traditional mechanical ‘boat sampler’, with EDSE, the surface damage if any is of the level of only a few microns. EDSE can also be used to cut out specimens for small punch testing and miniature creep, fatigue or tensile testing for more accurate quantitative life assessment.

The EDSE is available to rent or for purchase. For more information on our EDSE services, 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.

February 2018 Technology Newsletter

Please click on the image below to access the latest edition (February 2018) of ETD's Technology Newsletter. This illustrates various power and process plant activities, new technologies and methodologies developed for plant inspection, integrity and life assessment through our Third Party and Group Sponsored Projects (GSPs).

Also in this newsletter you will find information on our next Conference & Training Course which will take place in London in July 2018. The Conference will be on Power Plant Operation & Flexibility and will be preceded by two optional 1-day Training Courses on 'Power Plant Operation, Maintenance & Materials Issues' & 'Power Plant Long & Short Term Preservation'.

New ‘Plant Services Engineer’

New Staff Member: Meet Mr. Baginda Affendy, our new Plant Services Engineer. Baginda gained his master's degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Portsmouth, UK. He has been a leading member of the team responsible for developing ETD’s precision portable hardness tester, known as ‘Smart Sleeve’. At ETD, Baginda is mainly dealing with power and process plant on-site NDE inspection and other plant services type work.

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Recent Sale of Portable Scanning Force Microscope (P-SFM) to a Power Utility in Asia

ETD’s portable Scanning Force Microscope (SFM) has recently been purchased by an Asian power utility. After ETD’s initial R&D work for the client followed by the successful study and life assessment of P91 components in the client’s plants, the utility engineers and managers decided that it was an investment worth making. This success comes after a similar purchase earlier by CRIEPI in Japan.

SFM’s electronics has now been made more compact and the new model can be powered by solar charged battery so no need to connect SFM to electricity mains and the use of long electricity cables causing safety issues.

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For more information on our SFM services, please click here.

Recent Completed Project on ‘Accelerated Rupture Testing and Integrity/Life Assessment of HP Steam Header Material’

In a recent outage in a process plant in the Middle East, damages (i.e. misalignment, bulging, graphitisation etc.) were observed on certain welds of HP steam header. The scope of study involved metallographic examination, including microstructure analysis and hardness testing, and accelerated rupture testing for material samples removed from respective sections. This allowed assessment of the remaining life of the service-exposed header material, enabling improved remaining life predictions for the components within the HP steam header system.

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For more information about our life assessment services please click here.