Eskom Specialisation Centre in Plant Asset Management
In 2012 Eskom established the Eskom Power Plant Engineering Institute (EPPEI) to produce highly skilled engineers at post-graduate level within eight broad specialization areas at universities in South Africa. The University of Pretoria was identified for the establishment of such a specialization centre in plant asset management. This contract was renewed in 2017 for a five year period ending 2021.
For more information about the EPPEI programme, see: http://www.eppei.co.za/
Course based Post-graduate Qualification
The centre at UP is responsible to develop and present a range of post-graduate courses in the general field of asset integrity management. These courses form part of a larger Post-Graduate Qualifications programme and allows articulation between participating universities.
More details about the post-graduate course programme at UP can be found at http://www.up.ac.za/en/mechanical-and-aeronautical-engineering/article/48458/postgraduate
EPPEI is also responsible for a very active and vibrant research programme in aspects of plant integrity management in the power engineering environment.
The current main EPPEI research thrusts are:
Design and Manufacture:
- Optimisation of steam turbine laser shock peening for power plant engineering applications
- Optimisation of heat treatment ramp rates on thin-walled components
- The development of materials models for power plant engineering applications
- Dynamic optical measurement techniques for power plant engineering applications
Condition monitoring and non-destructive testing
- Development of specialised structural response measurement techniques for power engineering applications
- Turbine blade tip timing
- Non-linear acoustic response
Remaining useful life
- Development of methods for remnant life estimation in power plant engineering applications
Loading and environmental inputs
- Development of models to determine steam turbine blade forces under off-design conditions
In the area of life cycle management decision support the centre focuses its research around Eskom’s Standard Thermal Performance Model.
Current work comprises:
- Review of maintenance strategies as a result of station cycling
- Midlife refurbishment and plant renewal utilising “lean” methodologies
- Techno Economic RAM Model of FGD installation at Kendal power station
- Simulate and optimise outage criteria under varying load conditions
Spares and materials management
- Multi Criteria Models for Optimisation of Spares
- Develop Model for Optimisation of Spares Using Condition Information
- Maintenance strategy optimisation at milling plant.
- RAM Analysis on water supply to power stations under varying load conditions.
- Turbine overhaul assessment in conjunction with running hours, age and overhaul strategy
- Development of algorithms for collating dissociated information sources on site
- Maximising flexibility and performance of installed plant
- Station life cycle performance optimised using advanced technologies
- Distilling useful information often lost in the “noise” of plant data sources
For further information about the programme contact Ms Bonolo Mokoka at [email protected] or 012 420 2096.
You may also contact Prof Stephan Heyns who is the director of C-AIM at [email protected], or Prof Johann.Wannenburg, who is the incumbent of the Chair of Plant Asset Management, at [email protected].
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