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Power Plant Consulting Services

Power plant consulting – design, structural / safety analysis, troubleshooting and startup / commissioning – on plants including nuclear, combined cycle, hydroelectric, renewables, solar, solid waste, biomass, and fossil fuel. Our experience includes pressure equipment, rotating equipment, and components operating in elevated temperature environments.

We assist in plant outages, providing assessments, troubleshooting / repair and Fitness for Service evaluations to extend design life of equipment. O’Donnell Consulting has a long history of providing comprehensive solutions to our power plant 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 explore more of our projects, 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. We perform inspections and API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 Fitness for Service to assess plant integrity – including high-temperature equipment as piping, boilers and heat recovery systems. 

    We also solve fluid flow issues and vibration-related problems with structures and rotating equipment – enabling power plants to reach their maximum useful lives. Finite element analysis (FEA) is often used to predict failures of turbines and other plant equipment – as well as assist in developing corrective, cost-effective solutions. FEA assures that repairs are successful and helps to prevent problems from re-occurring.

    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 OSHA, API, AWS and ASME Codes (including B1.1 Power Piping) 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 Consulting Related Links

    >> Stress, Vibration & Fatigue Analysis on Bellows
    >> 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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