From an operational availability stand point, the U.S. Navy is interested in the short term reliability of its ship based LM2500 gas turbine engines. That is the likelihood that an engine will operate successfully through a six-month deployment (usually 1500 to 2000 operational hours). From a maintenance and cost of ownership standpoint both the short-term and long-term reliability are of concern. Long-term reliability is a measure in time (in operating hours) between engine removals. To address these requirements U.S. Navy Fleet support maintenance activities employ a system of tests and evaluations to determine the likelihood that an LM2500 will meet its short and long-term goals. The lowest level inspection is the predeployment inspection, which attempts to identify primarily mechanical faults with the engine. Gas Turbine Bulletin inspections are used to determine if predefined wear out modes exists. Performance evaluations can be performed which determine the ability of the LM2500 and its control system to meet expected power requirements. Lube oil system data can be analyzed to determine if excessive leakage or excessive scavenge temperatures exist. Engine vibration characteristics can be reviewed to identify the source of both synchronous and nonsynchronous vibration and determine if corrective measures need to be taken. This paper will discuss how the lowest level inspections feed the more sophisticated analysis and how these inspections and evaluations work to provide a systematic method of insuring both short and long-term LM2500 reliability.
Systematic Evaluation of U.S. Navy LM2500 Gas Turbine Condition
Contributed by the International Gas Turbine Institute (IGTI) of THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS for publication in the ASME JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING FOR GAS TURBINES AND POWER. Paper presented at the International Gas Turbine and Aeroengine Congress and Exhibition, Munich, Germany, May 8–11, 2000; Paper 00-GT-667. Manuscript received by IGTI November 1999; final revision received by ASME Headquarters February 2000. Associate Editor: D. Wisler.
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Thompson , B. D., and Wainscott, B. (June 19, 2002). "Systematic Evaluation of U.S. Navy LM2500 Gas Turbine Condition ." ASME. J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power. July 2002; 124(3): 580–585. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1451716
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