Cooling System and Heat Transfer R&D Test Center

Water is a shared, finite resource subject to competing demands.  Utilization of fresh water resources continues to rise, and other pressures (droughts and climate variability, environmental needs, population increase, etc.) will require more stringent management of this finite resource to meet all needs in a sustainable manner. EPRI estimates thermoelectric consumption of fresh water for...

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Digital Demonstration Facility

The “digitization” of a plant can encompass many technologies including: Monitoring and control hardware, Computational algorithms to support process control, diagnostics and prognostics, The utilization of data management and analytic platforms to support advanced analysis of large data sets, Digitization of procedures, drawings, plant equipment and components, Use of mobility and digital worker technologies, and...

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Improved Pipe Integrity Assessments Using LIDAR

High energy piping in power generation are subject to movement during thermal transients and abnormal operation. Determining the immediate and long term negative effects of abnormal and transient operations on high energy piping can be difficult. Data is currently limited to pipe hanger measurements, physical assessment of the piping, and visual examination of structures near...

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Steam Turbine Low Load Operation – 2018 Update

Key Research Question The demand for increased flexibility of conventional generating assets is expected to force plants to reduce the minimum operating load in the future.  Additionally, more operating time will be spent at these lower loads. Since the bulk of the industry operating experience with steam turbines used in thermal plants has been at...

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