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Part 2: Gas Turbine Operation - Troubleshooting Startup, Shutdown, and Combustion

Summary: This is Part 2 of a discussion on Gas Turbine Operation with my guest, Robert Hawkins. In Part 1 we covered concepts related to the basic operation of Gas Turbines, which are important to understand for effective troubleshooting when issues arise. In Part 2 we cover issues that can occur with startup, shutdown, and combustion. In Part 3 we will cover considerations related to support systems, compressor performance and water wash, turbine performance, and vibration monitoring.

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Topics Covered:

  • Gas Turbine startup sequence including safety checks, purge, speed spoil, ignition
  • Gas Turbine shutdown and trips including turning gear and cool down, gas vs steam
  • Combustion considerations including Dry Low NOx (DLN), tuning, and liquid fuel

Guest Bio: Robert is a Lead Technical Support Specialist for Nexus Controls Remote Diagnostic Service team and has over 30 years of experience with steam and gas turbines, mechanical, and control systems. His past roles include Product Services Engineer, Instructor, and Field Engineer.

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