October 2006

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HP Reliability: Vibration limits for gas turbines

For the past 16 years, this monthly column has often dealt with vibration issues. While many of these would best be addressed in the context of data collected and operational experience with a particu..

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

For the past 16 years, this monthly column has often dealt with vibration issues. While many of these would best be addressed in the context of data collected and operational experience with a particular gas turbine model, typical guidelines are still sought by many readers. So as not to disappoint them, here are some general observations worthy of note. Do size and duty matter? It has been argued that gas turbines should be segregated by size, or by duty cycles such as base load or peaking, or even by such lineage as industrial or aero-derivative. Indeed, the best course of action might be to communicate with the manufacturer and look closely at its overall experience. That is not to su

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