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Does Older Mean Becoming Less Valuable?

January 6, 2012

That’s a question not only facing many baby boomers but now the US coal fired power fleet.  The U.S. coal-fired fleet consists of 1,105 units with a nameplate capacity of 342.733 GW, according to a Burns & McDonnell database. Because plant age is often cited as a reason for retirement, it’s useful to examine the [...]

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Triple 5 Provides AMS for SWEPCO – Turk

January 6, 2012

The Fulton Arkansas plant is a new construction for the Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO). According to the SWEPCO web site, the John W. Turk, Jr. Power Plant will be one of the cleanest, most environmentally responsible and efficient coal-fueled plants in the United States, and the first of its kind in operation in the [...]

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All Plugged Up?

December 22, 2011

Have you noticed we do not call our system a “Leak Detection System” rather an Acoustic Monitoring System? Yes, of course it detects tube leaks but there are many other abnormalities the AMS can detect. Figure 1 depicts a 60 day trend in which both pluggage and a reheat leak are shown. Ash pluggage between components [...]

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Early Leak Detection: The Weather Channel for Leaks?

September 2, 2011

Taking the time to think about it, boiler tube leaks are very much like the weather – unpredictable.  We can’t change it.  We can’t prevent it.  Instead, we learn to prepare, manage and adapt our lives to fit the weather daily. With the help of the weather channel and local meteorologists, we have the benefit [...]

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Jerry Journey joins the Triple 5 Team!

August 15, 2011

Jerry Journey has a BSME and Masters degree from Ohio University. He worked at AEP for 39.5 years in engineering, supervisory and management roles at AEP Muskingum River, Big Sandy and Corporate Office. His latest role was manager of the plant engineering groups and Director of Boiler Reliability for the 11 state AEP territory. He was [...]

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The FIRST Indication of a Leak

August 9, 2011

“The Triple 5 System was THE FIRST Indication of a Leak”   Unit :  B&W – 1300MW 3845psi Location of Leak: Superheat Outlet Section Facts: The unit is equipped with a 37 sensor AMS Leak Detection System and the plant has a Weekly Surveillance contract with Triple 5.  Timeline: March 3: During the Weekly Surveillance [...]

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Leak History 18 – Superheater Leak

July 6, 2011

The tube leak occurred in a 102MW, tangent tube boiler equipped with 20 metalborne waveguides and sensors. The metalborne waveguides are mounted on 4” x 4” waveguide plates that attach to the boiler. The waveguide plates act as a collection point for acoustic activity. The amplitude of the signal increases with the noise generated by [...]

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