Nuclear plant to use monitoring technologies for turbine generators

PAKS Nuclear Power Plant in Hungary selected Emerson's CSI 6500 Machinery Health Monitor. The monitor is designed to monitor and evaluate operations for Hungary's only nuclear power plant

08/05/2011


Paksi Atomerőmű (PAKS) Nuclear Power Plant selected Emerson's CSI 6500 Machinery Health Monitor for real-time machinery protection and predictive monitoring of eight turbine-generator machine trains. The PAKS Nuclear Power Plant is the only operating nuclear power station in Hungary, producing approximately 40 percent of the electrical power generated in the country.

“Emerson’s industry expertise and powerful online machinery monitoring technology made them the ideal choice for this renovation project,” said Ferenc Kiszli, Head of the I+C Department. “With the CSI 6500, we will have improved insight into the condition of each turbine-generator and can effectively plan our maintenance activities while knowing our equipment is protected in the event of a failure.”

The CSI 6500 fully complies with the requirements for API 670 (American Petroleum Institute) protection, the globally-accepted definition of industry best practices for turbomachinery protection. Each of the 32 supplied CSI 6500 monitors will be integrated with the PAKS plant’s existing distributed control system, allowing the operations and maintenance teams to see real-time protection and prediction monitoring indicators so the effect of process adjustments on machinery health can be evaluated.

Emerson’s AMS Suite predictive maintenance software will give the plant’s maintenance and operations staff a graphical user interface to machinery protection parameters and health information. This easy access to information will enable them to predict equipment issues to better maintain and protect the machinery.

“The PAKS project is yet another example of our machinery health solutions being widely adopted as part of modernization programs,” said Ron Martin, vice president of Emerson's Asset Optimization business. “Many customers are standardizing on Emerson as their machinery health partner because of our ability to deliver the required API 670 protection as well as critical predictive diagnostics to ensure plant availability.”

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- Edited by Chris Vavra, Control Engineering, www.controleng.com