The new reality for gas turbine owners, as it relates to long term operational capability, is that a JASC solution has achieved another significant milestone in the industry. Specifically, while turbine owners have long enjoyed the benefits of a greatly improved liquid fuel system by replacing existing hardware with JASC designs, our latest product developments address another factor which is of critical importance, reduction of annual fuel costs.
In order to mitigate customer concerns about fuel costs associated with needing to regularly burn liquid fuel in the turbine in order to maintain reliability, JASC has developed and incorporated new hardware. The “thermal clamp” is the latest design to complement our comprehensive design philosophy. This device drastically reduces how often a turbine is required to burn diesel in order to maintain or verify component and system integrity. The thermal clamp is a very simple, elegant and inexpensive design that has proven to be a great addition to the JASC product line. While turbines typically need to run at least once a month, thermal clamps have drastically increased this interval. The resultant savings for fuel were approximately $330,000 for one 7F turbine over the course of one year, with no degradation of reliability.
Mouse over the image below to see details of a design configuration using JASC’s heat sink thermal clamps, purge air valve, swivel tee, flange, and water cooled liquid fuel check valve.
In our first test of the thermal clamp, two peaking 7F turbines were outfitted with JASC’s complete design configuration. Thermal clamps, water cooled liquid fuel check valves, purge air check valves, positional tees, Smart Fluid Monitors, thermal relief valves and copper crush gaskets were all applied to this installation. The results after 15+ months of operation have been phenomenal.
These turbines, which were run on liquid fuel during system commissioning, have operated almost exclusively on natural gas since the upgrades were completed in April of 2016. The first run on liquid fuel occurred in January of 2017, fully nine months after the test run. Both turbines were operated without incident. The second documented run on liquid fuel occurred when scheduled emission tests were performed during the summer of 2017. Based on the information we received, a total of two liquid fuel runs occurred over a period of 15 months, with no loss of system integrity.
Finally, additional testing, which incorporates thermal clamps with JASC’s water cooled 3-way purge valves, is currently underway. Results should be available for publication in May of 2018. JASC expects to set new standards for reliability from this application as well. Thermal clamps’ ability to eliminate heat-related viscosity changes to stagnant diesel in fuel supply lines along with other innovative JASC designs add another level of performance to our system configurations. No maintenance or service until a major turbine service interval is reached, minimal need to exercise the liquid fuel system and significant reduction of fuel costs all provide for a better gas turbine owner experience relative to both reliability and cost.