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Developing an Early Leakage Detection System for Thermal Power Plant Boiler Tubes by Using Acoustic Emission Technology
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 Title & Authors
Developing an Early Leakage Detection System for Thermal Power Plant Boiler Tubes by Using Acoustic Emission Technology
Lee, Sang Bum; Roh, Seon Man;
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 Abstract
A thermal power plant has a heat exchanger tube to collect and convert the heat generated from the high temperature and pressure steam to energy, but the tubes are arranged in a complex manner. In the event that a leakage occurs in any of these tubes, the high-pressure steam leaks out and may cause the neighboring tubes to rupture. This leakage can finally stop power generation, and hence there is a dire need to establish a suitable technology capable of detecting tube leaks at an early stage even before it occurs. As shown in this paper, by applying acoustic emission (AE) technology in existing boiler tube leak detection equipment (BTLD), we developed a system that detects these leakages early enough and generates an alarm at an early stage to necessitate action; the developed system works better that the existing system used to detect fine leakages. We verified the usability of the system in a 560MW-class thermal power plant boiler by conducting leak tests by simulating leakages from a variety of hole sizes (ⵁ2, ⵁ5, ⵁ10 mm). Results show that while the existing fine leakage detection system does not detect fine leakages of ⵁ2 mm and ⵁ5 mm, the newly developed system could detect leakages early enough and generate an alarm at an early stage, and it is possible to increase the signal to more than 18 dB.
 Keywords
Acoustic Emission(AE);Tube Leak;Pin Hole;Boiler Tube;Early Detection;
 Language
Korean
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