This paper outlines the field experience gained from the modular retrofitting of four gas turbine inlet systems with a second stage high efficiency media filter to reduce gas turbine fouling conditions. The original gas turbine inlet systems were furnished with inertial filters. Within a few thousand hours of operation considerable gas turbine performance loss had occurred. Field inspection revealed excessive fouling of the gas generator axial compressor sections, and crusty dust particle build up within the gas turbine internals and thermocouples. A second-stage high efficiency media filter was retrofitted, to capture the fine dust particles that passed through the inertial filters. Follow-up inspection of the two-stage filter systems, after about 8000 hr of operation, disclosed little indication of the engine fouling conditions that were present prior to the retrofitting.

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