Power Plant Consulting

O'Donnell - Power Plant Consulting

Consulting Services
We perform power plant consulting services, including design and startup/commissioning, safety analyses and equipment evaluations on fossil fuel, combined cycle, hydroelectric, renewables, solar, solid waste, biomass, and nuclear plants.

We assist in plant outages, troubleshooting and extending equipment life, or in the design, analysis and materials selection for new power plant construction.

Our engineering services include:

  • Structural/ Transient Analyses
  • Vibration Testing & Analysis
  • Weld Engineering
  • Remaining Life Assessment
  • ASME Code Reviews
  • Safety Analyses
  • Steam Generator Analysis
  • Materials Engineering

Design & Analysis
We perform design and analysis to ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code. Through thermal, stress, fatigue, fracture, and finite element modelling, we have analyzed components as:

  • Steam Generators
  • Pressure Vessels & Piping
  • Heat Exchangers
  • Boiler Tubes
  • Structural Supports
  • Environmental Equipment

Problem Solving/ Preventive Maintenance
We perform inspections and weld/ material evaluations to analyze power plant equipment problems, and resolve materials, design, and maintenance issues. Potential problems include:
  • Oxygen Pitting
  • Hydrogen Damage
  • Stress Corrosion Cracking
  • Corrosion Fatigue
  • Creep rupture damage
  • High Temperature Oxidation
We have consulted on numerous aspects of boiler design and operation and for many sizes and styles of boilers (coal boilers, supercritical boilers, atmospheric and pressurized fluid bed boilers). We have also performed third-party reviews of combustion instrumentation and controls, and their adherence to relevant standards.

Our engineers have worked on waste-to-energy (landfill gas, biomass and coal waste fuels) as well as natural gas and coal-fired cogeneration plants. These projects have included design construction, startup/ commissioning, safety analyses and equipment life evaluations. In addition, they hold patents for the design of low NoX burners and NoX removal systems for post combustion and other process applications. Assessment of the current condition of components as boilers, headers, and piping, ensures structural integrity, and lowers operating costs.

O'Donnell Consulting performed the structural integrity and remaining life assessment of the main and upstream shafts of a hydroelectric plant.

Analysis Hydroelectric Shaft


To read more about the various projects we have worked on, see Portfolio.

Plant Life Extension
Our engineers perform plant life extension services to enable power plants to reach their maximum useful lives. We have performed engineering analyses and plant life extension in many applications including:

  • Stress corrosion cracking mitigation
  • Suitability for Service Evaluation of Welded Structures
  • Steam Turbine Failure Analysis
  • Steam Boiler Tube Failure Analysis
  • Piping Analyses

O'Donnell Consulting was founded in 1970 by William J. ODonnell in response to the needs within the power industry. He has co-developed patents which reduce residual stresses on pipe welds, and has published numerous papers on ASME Code development - building a worldwide reputation for problem solving. See Resumes of our Team.

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