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Verification of a Neural Network Based Predictive Emission Monitoring Module for an RB211-24C Gas Turbine

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K. K. Botros

NOVA Chemicals Research & Technology Centre, Calgary, AB, Canada

C. Selinger, L. Siarkowski

TransCanada PipeLines Ltd., Calgary, AB, Canada

Paper No. GT2009-59419, pp. 431-441; 11 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2009: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 5: Microturbines and Small Turbomachinery; Oil and Gas Applications
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, June 8–12, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4886-9 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3849-5
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


This paper presents a verification of a Predictive Emission Monitoring (PEM) model developed for a non-DLE RB211-24C gas turbine used at a natural gas compressor station on the TransCanada Pipeline System in Alberta, Canada. The basis and methodology of the PEM model is first described, and its predictions were compared to recent Continuous Emission Monitoring (CEM) data obtained at different engine load conditions varying from 10 to 19 MW (site condition). The PEM model is based on an optimized Neural Network (NN) architecture which takes 6 fundamental engine parameters as input variables. The model predicts NOx (dry) as an output variable. The NN was trained using CEM measurements comprising four sets of actual emission data collected over four different dates in four different seasons during 2000, and at different operating conditions covering the range of the engine operating parameters. The PEM model was then implemented in the station Compressor Equipment Health Monitoring (CEHM) system and NOx predictions were reported online on a minutely basis for several months and NOx emission trends were captured and analyzed. Comparison between predictions and stack measurements shows a fairly good agreement between the PEM and CEM data within ±10 ppm (dry).

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