Optimise availability and reliability over the long term
As power plants age and face challenges such as poor quality during construction, maintenance budget cuts, shortage of on-site experts and increased load cycles to meet market demand, their lifetime performance is adversely affected. There is also a reduction in investment spending for new build power plants and added emphasis on environmental compliance.
TÜV SÜD provides solutions to prolong your industrial assets lifetime, taking into account power plant design, operating conditions and power plant maintenance. Our approach helps to identify weaknesses early on and avoid unscheduled downtime.
During plant operation, power plant components may suffer increased lifetime consumption and decreased reliability due to operating conditions deferring from the original designing.
The remaining lifetime of power plant components is determined by damage mechanisms such as creep damage, fatigue damage, crack propagation and corrosion propagation.
TÜV SÜD uses a combination of methods such as non-destructive testing (NDT) and Finite Element Method (FEM) calculation for risk assessment to come up with a total diagnosis for assessing the condition of power plant components and the suitability of a power plant for further operation.
We evaluate damage mechanisms with conventional NDT methods in order to obtain a comprehensive analysis of a power plant component’s condition.
Our NDT methods include dye penetration testing, eddy current testing, ultrasonic testing, magnetic particle testing, hardness testing and replica testing.
NDT also helps assess the extent of degradation of power plant components due to damage mechanisms by evaluating the hardness, embrittlement, microstructure and corrosion mechanism of its material properties.
We evaluate the plant’s operational history (including temperature and pressure data) and perform an analysis of material properties to determine its remaining lifetime.
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As the impact of some failures detected by NDT requires some further evaluation, another key approach in assessing the condition of a power plant component is the use of computational methods such as FEM calculation.
TÜV SÜD develops a holistic view of the related components and a reliable extrapolation of future material degradations through the use of FEM modelling, stress and fatigue calculation, fracturemechanics, creep analysis, modal and dynamic calculations (including multi-body simulation), fluid dynamics and missile analysis services.
We support you in making informed decisions regarding the safety of a power plant’s continued operation as well as its potential for future operation.
This assessment is based on the operational history of power plant components, various NDT methods and FEM calculation.
Optimise power plant availability - with our services that identify weaknesses before they result in unscheduled downtime by estimating the remaining life of particular components and recommending a schedule for repair or replacement of components based on this estimation.
Gain a competitive edge - by applying the TÜV SÜD optimisation strategy over the entire lifecycle of a power plant.
Third-party certification and assurance - demonstrate plant efficiency and availability by working with a trusted, impartial service provider.
Optimise investment - with cost optimisation, certainty in planning and reliable forecasting results.