19th Symposium on "Diagnostics & Overhauls of thermo-mechanical power equipment" in Katowice (PL)


During 5th and 6th of October 2017, Mr. Marek Lipnicki, the CEO and Senior NDT Engineer of Koli Ltd., attended the 19th Informative and Training Symposium on "Diagnostics & Overhauls of thermo-mechanical power equipment", organized in Katowice (Poland) by PUN-T "Pro Novum" Ltd., delivered a lecture about steam turbines’ rotors diagnostic and was one of the moderators during "Current problems of energy equipment diagnostics" Discussion Panel. In his paper, Mr. Marek Lipnicki presented all the achievements of R&D Project being carried out, which are related to the advanced nondestructive testing of energy turbines’ rotor nodes without disassembly and cofunded by European Regional Development Fund, being a part of the Regional Operational Program for Pomorskie Voivodeship in 2014-2020.

This Symposium and other similar conferences are a great opportunity to discuss and exchange experiences.

Limited investment funds in Polish energy industry are minimizing the possibility to restore the exploited power generation in short time. It seems that a logic and reasonable consequence of this fact should be a well thought-out plant maintenance (PM) and modernization, as well as a strategy of leading and keeping possibly good condition of technical property.

It is commonly observed that today’s strategy is to extend the time of turbine sets and whole units exploitation. Such an approach has to be supported by previous condition restoration – it means to improve the technical condition through repair and/or replacement of elements selected on the basis of reliable data and/or premises.

The evolution from the culture (or rather it’s loss) of “fire-fighting” to economical-based culture of prediction, recognition and prevention of threats and their consequences should entail a reasonable aspiration to use reliable and modern tools, which are much more common in the western Europe.

Is that so?

In countries, where technology is well developed, diagnostics, in general, of many exploited electro-energy systems provides the basis for reasonable planning and to decide on overhauls, modernizations, strategy and insurance.

The accuracy of decisions taken, their risk margin, overhauls’ costs, a scope of manufacturer’s warranty and the rates of insurance premiums (insurer’s risk), in the vast majority of countries, depend on scope and reliability of applied procedures and diagnostic tools.

Is it possible that such an approach may be a good news for modern, reliable and professional diagnostic companies?
Do the powerplants’ and CHP plants’ owners and managers, manufacturers, overhaul companies and insurers think in such a reasonable way as well?