Power Pant Consulting - O'Donnell

Consulting Services

Performing power plant consulting services – design, analysis, startup/ commissioning and structural/safety evaluations on power plants including fossil fuel, combined cycle, hydroelectric, renewables, solar, solid waste, biomass, and nuclear.

This work includes assisting in plant outages, providing assessments, troubleshooting/ repair and Fitness for Service of equipment. Our mission is to help our clients succeed – we have a long history of providing comprehensive solutions to our clients’ toughest challenges.

Design & Analysis

Design and analysis to Codes including AWS, API and ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel (B&PV) on components as:
  • Pressure Vessels
  • Heat Exchangers
  • Steam Generators
  • Structural Supports
  • Environmental Equipment
  • Combustors
  • HRSGs
  • Low NOx Systems
  • Conveyors
  • Piping

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

To see more of the projects we’ve worked on, see our Portfolio.

FEA Model of Shaft in Hydroelectric Plant
  • Recent Projects

  • Plant Life Extension

    The power generation continually faces plant aging concerns – which may lead to safety issues, as well as costly unplanned maintenance and outages. Fitness for Service (FFS) enables operators to foresee potential issues and avoid them.

    We perform inspections and API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 Fitness for Service to assess plant integrity – including high-temperature equipment as piping, boilers, heat recovery stream generators (HRSG) and most other fixed equipment. We also solve fluid flow issues and vibration-related problems with structures and rotating equipment – as well as Code evaluations, enabling power plants to reach their maximum useful lives.

    Finite element analysis is often used to determine failures of turbines and other plant equipment – as well as assist in developing corrective, cost-effective solutions. It assures that repairs are successful and helps to prevent problems from reoccurring.

    • Code Compliance
    • Stress Corrosion Cracking Mitigation
    • Suitability for Service Evaluation of Welded Structures

    Oil/Gas Consulting

    Providing troubleshooting and failure investigations of various mechanical components and supporting equipment involved in drilling operations, such as blow off preventers, pumps, fracturing tanks, compressors, skids, and piping related issues.

    In addition, we provide structural and safety evaluations to meet API, AWS and ASME Codes and OSHA requirements, as well as forensic investigations & litigation support in all areas of the drilling process, including fracturing, piping, wellhead equipment, and pipelines for production.

    Examples Include:

    • Nozzles
    • Welds
    • Relief Valves
    • Supports
    • Lifting Devices
    • Pressure Vessels
    • Heat Exchangers
    • Piping
    • Condensors
    • Reactors

    Solutions to challenges in reducing erosion/ corrosion in boiler pressurized tubes include implementing weld overlays in critical components and installing low NOx systems. We provide engineering assistance with these and other operational plant issues.

    For over 30 years we have been responding to the needs of the power industry.
    See Resume Summaries of our Team.

    Give us a call to talk about your power plant needs.

    Power Plant Related Links

    >> Materials/ Metallurgical Consulting
    >> Weld Troubleshooting/ Consulting
    >> Engineering Troubleshooting
    >> Stress Corrosion Mitigation
    >> Elevated Temperature Design & Analysis
    >> Publications – Welds, Pressure Vessels, Heat Exchangers, Elevated Temperature

    Learn from the experience of others. Especially when one such “other” is Dr. William O’Donnell, PhD, PE, Founder and President of O’Donnell Consulting Engineers, Inc., and ASME “Engineer of the Year” – his 50 years of experience in analysis of components including fatigue and fracture safety evaluations and failure analyses are now comprised in this volume.

    If you are interested learning more in Engineering Design, Manufacturing and Construction, as well as Failure Analysis, then this book is a must have!


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