This free one-hour webinar discusses preventive maintenance practices for BOP heat exchangers. It is led by Mike Catapano and Eric Svensson of Powerfect, and sponsored by Goodway.
The balance of plant (BOP) category of utility power plant heat exchangers is often overlooked when maintenance managers evaluate the need for preventive maintenance (PM) due to the presupposed lack of financial impact to unit load and heat rate.
Properly maintaining good general health of the plant’s major heat transfer equipment (i.e., steam generators, main steam surface condensers and feedwater heaters) is certainly deemed a more obvious concern. In some cases, it is not until a major equipment component fails that the auxiliary heat exchanger that services it receives the attention it deserves.
The sound, reliable operation of the turbine, generator, pumps, fans, air compressors, etc., is often directly linked to the proper care and maintenance of these various types of BOP heat exchangers. The ramifications of ignoring these smaller auxiliary exchangers can go well beyond the loss of thermal performance in terms of the inadequate cooling or heating expected due to severely fouled or clogged tubes. Taking proper care of your BOP heat exchangers can often avoid suffering more costly consequences.