Thermal Performance Services
Identifying and eliminating causes of inefficiency and obtaining
every possible kilowatt is essential in today's nuclear power plants.
Plant engineers responsible for thermal performance are very busy
and often wear several hats. With limited time available to the thermal
performance engineers, Curtiss-Wright's Plant Optimization Department can
provide award-winning thermal performance software products and expert assistance.
We "lighten your load" and provide specialized experience, some of
which is unique and helpful to solving your thermal performance issues.
Curtiss-Wright provides seminars specifically designed for thermal performance
engineers and their backups to find missing generation and methodologies
for optimizing performance on a daily basis. Curtiss-Wright also provides training
on our thermal performance software, PMAX and PEPSE.
Troubleshooting Lost Generation
Sometimes hunting down an issue with lost generation can be challenging.
Curtiss-Wright consultants have years of experience troubleshooting performance issues.
Establish or Update a Program
Curtiss-Wright has extensive background in establishing or updating thermal performance programs in nuclear power plants.
Plant thermal performance engineers generally develop, update, and provide
thermal performance reports on a periodic basis. Curtiss-Wright's experts have
assisted many plants in providing or updating performance reports to reduce
the time required to generate reports, in addition to increasing the accuracy
and reducing the uncertainty of the results to provide a more accurate accounting
of lost generation.
Power Uprate and Equipment Replacement Studies
Many plants are planning for future power uprates and equipment
replacement/retrofits. Planning efforts require extensive engineering
studies. Curtiss-Wright's experts can assist in these studies and provide
evaluations of studies provided by vendors and Architect Engineering
firms. Detailed reports accompany all of our evaluations.
An assessment of a thermal performance program provides the plant a
detailed evaluation of the current assets and areas for improvement.
An assessment effort includes, but is not limited to:
- Detailed instrumentation review
- Staff interview
- Thermal performance model review
- Current thermal performance report review
- Generation improvement recommendations
- Major equipment evaluations for MSRs, turbines, condenser, feedwater heaters, etc.
- Thermal power and feedwater flow
- Cycle isolation
A detailed report provides a prioritized list of specific recommendations for program improvement.
Curtiss-Wright provides assistance with developing and reviewing test procedures
in addition to providing support for testing efforts. Support includes,
but is not limited to:
- Pre- and post-outage testing
- PTC 6 turbine testing
- Establishing a new baseline
- Determining performance degradation
- Third party review of vendor performance test results
- Test data review and corrected generation
- Vendor correction curve evaluations
Periodically a plant thermal performance engineer may require a self-assessment. Curtiss-Wright can provide assistance with this requirement.
Curtiss-Wright provides the popular PEPSE software used in every nuclear
plant in the US as well as numerous other plants around the world.
Curtiss-Wright's engineers have many years of experience building PEPSE
models and using the models for specific plant studies. PEPSE can
connect to Excel and PI to provide a powerful tool set for thermal
performance. Curtiss-Wright also provides PMAX and PdP software and
modeling for on-line monitoring of thermal performance and for
equipment predictive maintenance using advanced pattern recognition technology.
Additional Thermal Performance
Curtiss-Wright provides other thermal performance services including:
- Detailed thermal power calculation review
- Cycle isolation
- Custom training and on-site assistance with thermal performance needs
- Remote monitoring and diagnostics
- Advanced Excel spreadsheet enhancements for thermal performance diagnostics and reporting
Please contact us at (208) 497-3337 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org