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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 various types of plants including 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 power plant construction.

Our engineering services include:

  • Thermal, stress and fatigue analysis
  • Thermal Transient Analyses
  • Vibration Testing & Troubleshooting
  • Weld Engineering
  • Remaining Life Assessment
  • ASME Code Reviews
  • Finite Element Analyses
  • Safety Analyses
  • Steam Generator Analysis
  • Materials Engineering

Design & Analysis
We perform design and analysis to AWS, API and ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code on 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

    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 Resume Summaries of our Team.

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