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How to Avoid 9 Common Errors in Fossil Power Plant SWAS Specs

Posted by Joe Kreinus on 10/12/16 2:05 PM


A steam and water analysis system (SWAS) conditions, analyzes and monitors the chemical properties of the steam and water used to generate electricity. A well-designed SWAS maximizes efficiency and output while also protecting plant assets, operators and the environment.

The technical design specification (specs) is the first step in designing a SWAS that operates accurately, reliably and safely under specific fossil power plant conditions. Vibration, wear, corrosion or other performance issues are addressed within the specs – or should be.

There are several industry guidelines (such as EPRIASTM D5540ASME PTC 19.11VGB and IAPWS) that can help you design and operate a SWAS. While most are very specific about the sample conditioning hardware, they often don’t detail the arrangement or design of the racks, panels and ancillary equipment. 

SWAS specifications that are too broad will not identify equipment that will perform well in the application.

However, many engineers often make mistakes inadvertently while creating SWAS specs that can lead to issues in your fossil power plant. Awareness is key in avoiding these mistakes, as is having critical knowledge at your fingertips.

When you know what mistakes to avoid, you can efficiently create functional steam and water system specs every time.

Some of this critical knowledge includes:

  • Accurately specifying a SWAS based on type of plant, space constraints and unique facility features
  • Ensuring the SWAS is dependable, and easy to operate and maintain
  • Keeping up-to-date SWAS specs readily available for current and future projects
  • Staying ahead of the latest SWAS technologies and best practices

Ready to get the details on how to avoid these SWAS Spec mistakes? Download your free copy of 9 Mistakes to Avoid in Your SWAS Specs now.

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Topics: Power, Steam & Water

Written by Joe Kreinus

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As Director of Parts and Service, Joe Kreinus works with customers to actively improve company's sampling systems through specification development, review, installation, and maintenance. Joe is driven to find the best solution, parts, and service for the specific needs of each unique application and customer. He is committed to serving customers in all Sentry sampling markets. Joe also has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Green Bay and enjoys coaching his three children in fast pitch softball and baseball.