Power Pant Consulting - O'Donnell

Power Plant Consulting Services

Performing power plant design, structural/ safety analysis, troubleshooting & startup/ commissioning – 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 evaluations of equipment. We have a long history of providing comprehensive solutions to our clients’ toughest challenges.

Power Plant 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

We 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 Portfolio.

FEA Model of Shaft in Hydroelectric Plant
  • Recent Projects

  • Power Plant Life Extension

    The power generation industry 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
    • Evaluations of Welded Structures

    Oil/ Gas Consulting

    Providing troubleshooting on 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 in low NOx systems. We provide engineering assistance with these and other operational plant issues. For over 30 years we’ve been responding to the needs of the power industry.

    Power Plant Related Links

    >> Materials/ Metallurgical Consulting
    >> Weld Troubleshooting/ Consulting
    >> Engineering Troubleshooting
    >> Elevated Temperature Design & Analysis
    >> Publications – Welds, Pressure Vessels, Elevated Temperature
    >> Mitigating Catastrophic Failures in Structures used in Offshore Oil & Gas Production

    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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