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Promoting Performance Test Capabilities Using Gas Path Analysis: A Case Study

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Vahid Noei Aghaei, Hiwa Khaledi, Mohsen Reza Soltani

Middle East Petro Gas (MPG) Company, Tehran, Iran

Paper No. GT2009-59398, pp. 601-608; 8 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2009: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 4: Cycle Innovations; Industrial and Cogeneration; Manufacturing Materials and Metallurgy; Marine
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, June 8–12, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4885-2 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3849-5
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


Performance testing of gas turbine packages is becoming increasingly common to assure that the turbine output power and efficiency meet the expected values during the turbine life cycle. In the conventional Performance Test Analysis (PTA), field measurements and calculations are carried out on the basis of standard codes to find the whole engine performance parameters (i.e. power and efficiency) at test conditions and to compare them with the expected values. Recently, regarding the development of Gas Path Analysis (GPA) and diagnostic techniques to investigate the gas turbine health state, performance test capabilities can be improved by using these analyses to perform further examination on the measured test data and to determine the deviation of gas turbine component health parameters from the “new and clean” health state during the engine operation. Determining the mentioned deviations, potentials of engine improvement in the component level can be obtained and subsequently the action-oriented recommendations are reported as guidelines in the overhaul. Also in the case of performance test after the overhaul, the main result of the GPA application in PTA is the verification of the overhaul effectiveness. Using the GPA in the cases studied in this paper indicates that heath state of engine components can be investigated from the performance test data and as the main result, it is show that applying the GPA, it is possible to distinguish the effect of non-recoverable degradation and that of the poor overhaul on the engine performance and finally to assess technically the effectiveness of overhaul.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME



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