Plant Maintenance staffs must service and maintain gas turbines and steam turbines to keep them in satisfactory operating condition. Plant Maintenance must provide for systematic inspection, detection, and correction of failures either before they occur or before they develop into major defects. It is vital to pay close attention to these issues to increase reliability for plant rotating equipment.
Maintenance (including tests, measurements, adjustments, and parts replacement) is performed specifically to prevent faults from occurring to gas turbines and steam turbines.
Preventive maintenance for gas turbines and steam turbines are considered to be worthwhile. There are risks such as human error involved when performing preventive maintenance. This is why you need to make sure you are employing a well trained expert maintenance staff for your gas turbine and steam turbine preventative maintenance measures. It is important to contract out your gas turbine and steam turbine projects to experts that utilize the latest technology for gas turbine and steam turbine maintenance.
Preventive maintenance such as scheduled gas turbine and steam turbine overhaul or scheduled replacement for your gas turbine or steam turbine, provides proactive failure management policies available to the maintenance engineer.
Common methods of determining what preventive failure management policies should be applied to gas turbines and steam turbines are:
- OEM recommendations
- What an “expert” thinks ought to be done
- The maintenance that’s already done to similar equipment
- Measured values and performance indications
To make it simple: Preventive maintenance is conducted to keep gas turbines and steam turbines working and/or extend the life of the equipment.
Preventative maintenance can be looked at as a large upfront expense or an unnecessary expense. This can be a very expensive mistake. Corrective maintenance can end up costing much more. Unplanned maintenance also requires unplanned gas turbine and steam turbine shut downs to get equipment working again.
By Storm Josefsberg