Gas turbine design evolution and practice is driven by industry demand for increased output and improved operating efficiencies. New aerothermal design characteristics require a focus on improved materials and coatings, and cooling techniques. As environmental issues continue to confront the industry, Dry Low NOx combustion system designs represent a significant opportunity for meeting new emissions requirements. These issues represent opportunity for significant technology improvements and industry driven advances.
However, just as important is the design evolution of the Control and Auxiliary systems which support the gas turbine. Historically, these support systems, as demonstrated by the Operational Reliability Analysis Program (ORAP), are typically the primary drivers of plant Availability and Reliability. Following a rigorous “Design for Reliability” approach provides opportunities for ensuring that the design meets three critical requirements: starting reliability, a minimum of unit shutdowns during operating demand periods and ease of maintenance. The design approach for the Control and Auxiliary systems for new turbine design (product improvement) therefore provides an opportunity for developing a uniform and standardized approach which continues to focus on Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability. This design approach also provides opportunities for improved field installation and reduced cycle time, a major benefit for the end user.
This paper will describe the “Design for Reliability” approach followed by ABB Power Generation, Inc., and supported by Strategic Power Systems, Inc.® (SPS) for the GT11N2 auxiliary systems. The extension of the ORAP system for auxiliary systems will be discussed as the approach for monitoring unit Availability and Reliability, maintaining configuration control, and for promoting continuous improvement.