June 13, 2017 – Sargent & Lundy is participating in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Power & Energy Conference & Exhibition taking place June 26-30 in Charlotte, North Carolina. ASME Power & Energy focuses on power generation and energy sustainability and showcases industry best practices, technical advances, development trends, research, and business strategies. Our presentations will cover a range of topics, including:
“Second License Renewal for Nuclear Power Plants in the United States,” presented by Andrew Taylor, co-authored by Brian Jelke and Michael Launi, all of Sargent & Lundy. This technical presentation provides information on the status of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRCs) license renewal process for operating nuclear plants and the issues being addressed for long term operation up to 80 years. Although some U.S. nuclear plant owners have ceased operation recently due to economic issues, and others have announced plans to shut down before reaching 60 years, the majority of operating nuclear plant owners are keeping the option open for long term operation beyond 60 years. NRC and the U.S. nuclear industry have made significant progress in preparing the way for subsequent license renewal applications. This presentation will take place on Monday, June 26.
“Simulating Pressure Transient Events in the Fuel Gas Supply to a Multi-Block Combined Cycle Plant,” presented by Robert Schroeder, co-authored by Matthew Zitkus, Michael Czyszczewski, and Beniamino Rovagnati, all of Sargent & Lundy. Currently, pressure fluctuations in fuel gas pipelines are a necessary consideration for the design of combustion turbine plants, as these fluctuations can potentially be strong enough to cause otherwise-operable combustion turbines to trip off. This presentation and paper focus on how detailed analysis, using compressible flow programs suitable for tracking pressure fluctuations, are important for ensuring reliable power generation. This is demonstrated by simulations of a near-realistic plant featuring multiple combustion turbines. The presentation addresses fuel pipeline designs that should be considered for dampening out pressure waves, thus minimizing the likelihood of undesired combustion turbine trips. The presentation will take place on Monday, June 26.
Additionally, Thomas Cavalcante of Sargent & Lundy will be a session chair for a Gas Turbine and Upgrades session at the conference. Thomas is also participating as a judge and mentor for the ASME student paper competition; and he will be participating in the Combined Cycle Committee as Vice Chair.