Maintaining condenser reliability by detecting costly air and water in-leakage

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Time: 2 pm EDT

Duration: 60 Minutes

Leakage of air or water into the plant condenser negatively impacts plant efficiency and reliability, which can lead to costly forced outages. During a recent four-year period, condensers were responsible for more than 25,000 forced and scheduled outages, with condenser tube leaks being the primary source of generation loss. While air in-leakage can reduce your plants efficiency, it can also increase the levels of dissolved oxygen in your hotwell leading to corrosion. Circulating water leaks can result from through the wall pitting in condenser tubes, from joints between the tubes and tube sheet, and from ruptures between the water box and condenser shell. Contaminants that leak into the circulating water will change the condensate chemistry, leading to the corrosion and eventual failure of critical system parts including the turbine.

This webinar will review the indicators of condenser leakage as well as examine the common sources of both air and water in-leakage. It will also discuss how to use state-of-the-art Tracer Gas Technology using helium and SF6 to pinpoint the exact locations of these leaks in any situation.

Discussion Topics:   
  • Condenser air in-leakage
  • Water In-Leakage 
  • Proper Choice of Tracer Gas
  • Leak Detection Equipment
  • The Process of Finding Leaks 

Who should attend:
  • Engineers
  • Project managers
  • Operations
  • Corporate/General management

Hear from this expert:

Gary Fischer 
National Sales Manager 
Conco Services Corporation 

Gary Fischer is the National Sales Manager for Conco Services Corporation in Verona, Pennsylvania. Gary oversees the national sales team at Conco, and he continues to play an active role in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Most recently, Gary has begun to serve as Chairman of the ASME Heat Exchanger Committee. Gary received his Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and went on to earn a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. 


Matthew Grant
Matt Grant serves as Publisher for POWER, the largest leading global brand in the power generation industry with print, online, e-newsletters, videos, webinars, and conference offerings. He currently oversees the sales, marketing, and content efforts for POWER, an Access Intelligence brand, and began his career with the company in 2006 in sales. Matt has been directly involved in the development of numerous e-media initiatives that derive from or enhance traditional media. He holds a BA from Texas A&M University.
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