Life cycle management, maintenance and operability for power plants
Life cycle management, maintenance and operability services deal with the degradation of materials, structures and components in service. The main target is to extend the limits set on the technical and economic life and operability of the production units of our customers. The demands on safety, efficiency and reduced environmental impact are the driving forces guiding the development of new concepts in power production. This has a direct impact on the performance of materials and plant life management.
Global challenges for future energy production technologies aim at minimisation or zero emission of greenhouse gases. The high efficiency of new power plants is also a must today. For the existing aged power plants the main challenge lies in their prolonged economical utilisation. The upkeep of the old plants, the new firing types and difficult fuels together with demands on increased temperatures and pressures for the new plants require R&D on a broad field:
Materials performance (link)
Manufacturing and refurbishment (link)
Structural integrity (link)
Condition and life monitoring (link)
To manage the challenges of the new and ageing structures throughout the plant's service life the identification and evaluation of degradation mechanisms, the expected life-span, and the safety, availability and economical viability have to be addressed. To control and minimise the risk related to life management, VTT offers an extensive range of expertise services, laboratory facilities and analysis tools.
VTT can offer:
Services for evaluating the materials performance of plants and components
Monitoring, inspection, life management and failure investigation services
Accredited facilities and procedures for materials characterisation (ISO 9001)
In-house expertise and experimental facilities for corrosion, cracking, creep,
Tailor-made testing in accordance with the customer’s needs
Support for design, fabrication, refurbishment and life management of critical
Support for material selection for specific environments (base materials,
joining and coating methods)
Monitoring of service conditions, data analysis, assessments
Support for decision making; extended life, refurbishment or component
Support for inspection targeting, life expectancy, failure prevention and
References and merits
We have highly educated and skilled personnel with solid theoretical background and good practical experience, professionals with decades of experience and young talented people.
Our know-how is supported by research projects and networking with national and international organisations that have todays’s frontline knowledge.
We have arranged a series of Baltica conferences concentrating on power plant maintenance and life management. Baltica IX will take place in 2013.