Opportunity to join new Group Sponsored Project "Further Development & Refinement of an Electromagnetic (EM) Scanner for the Inspection of P91, P92 and Other Components in High Temperature Plant"

ETD, together with its industry sponsors, are planning to start a new multi-client Group Sponsored Project (GSP) in 2019.

Please click on the image on the left hand side for more information.

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.

For further details including costs involved please contact us.


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Feasibility Study Phase of this Project Completed and a Proposal for Phase 2 of the project being launched for the development of a hybrid system

ETD, together with its industry sponsors, started 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” was 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 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.

The feasibility study phase of this project has now been completed and a proposal for phase 2 of the project is being launched in 2019 which includes the development of a hybrid system.

For the detailed proposal and costs involved please contact us.

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.

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.