Natural gas is the second most heavily consumed energy source in the United States. Thanks to gas turbines, power plants are able to better handle this essential energy source across the country. Though these turbines are extremely efficient, if something goes wrong, it can ruin the entire process and jeopardize the energy plant itself.
That’s why it’s so important to schedule and perform routine turbine inspections. Physical inspections of turbines are important because they provide operators a chance to see the exterior of their equipment up close, but you’ll never be able to tell if there are underling issues unless you use work with professional borescope services.
Borescope inspections can help view and access impossible-to-reach areas. Since gas turbines operate at temperatures close to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit (steam turbines are closer to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit), professional assistance is necessary for safe, non-destructive testing. Borescope inspections are great for the following:
- Outage planning and downtime prevention
- Baseline inspections
- Emergency issues and forced outages
- Semi-annual or annual usage
- Time sensitive assessment
- Condition based maintenance
- Post overhaul
In order to keep your turbines and related equipment running properly and efficiently, you’re going to need a thorough, unbiased, non-destructive evaluation (NDE). Borescope inspection services can help keep your power plant running as efficiently as possible.
There are two basic types of land based turbines: heavy frame engines and aeroderivative engines. The three primary modules within a gas turbine are the compressor module, turbine module, and combustion module.
Even the smallest interior issue can ruin your turbine and cause cascading damage that is extremely expensive and potentially even dangerous for yourself and all the employees onsite. Don’t let your plant or operation suffer from running faulty or compromised gas turbine machines. If you believe any part of your heavy equipment machines are malfunctioning, or if you need to schedule a semi-annual or annual checkup, you should contact a skilled borescope inspection team right away.
If you want to learn more about non-destructive borescope services, acquire necessary parts for your plant to run efficiently and properly, or work with a trusted organization that can perform a thorough borescope inspection of gas turbines, give Advanced Turbine Support a call today.