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Steam turbine gauges

Friday, March 31, 2017   By: John [1794] 2 Stars
What would be the minimum number of gauges on a condensing steam turbine? Im guessing steam temp and pressure gauges,vacuum,lube oil temp,bearing metal temps,exhaust hood temp,seal steam pressure,turbine speed tachometer.Can anyone think of anything elses?thank you.

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Monday, May 01, 2017   By: mfrancini@itba.edu.ar [2143] 0 Stars
Hello, my opinion is that the minimum numbers of gauges on a condensing steam turbine depends what you want to check all what you mentioned are right, but you could add more gauges if it´s inside your budget. IE: lube oil pressure gauges are very important for lube oil system.

Most machines commonly share lube oil system and when you see lube oil inlet pressure or inlet temperature is the same for both machines, but you will see outlet data in local gauges.

What does the steam turbine drives?

If the steam turbine drives a gas compressor or a driven machine that manage a dangerous gas ie: carbon monoxide or a gas containing sulphide, it´s not usefull to put a lot of in-site gauges if not to put sensors and drive signals to the control room because compressor/turbine operators couldn´t go to the machine to see the gauges in those cases you will have to have the machine properly instrumented.

Regards, Mariano.

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