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Graphic element Protection and monitoring systems for hydroelectric generating sets
     
 
A new monitoring system including software and new sensors means increased efficiency in hydroelectric power generation and increased activity for sensor-manufacturing SMEs.
 

In hydroelectric plants, where failure can lead to catastrophic consequences, proper maintenance is both essential and expensive. Process monitoring systems can provide invaluable information, alerting operators to impending failure and allowing the optimisation of preventive maintenance schedules. While such systems do exist for the fast rotating machinery seen in the oil and gas industry, they are not well-adapted to the slowly rotating machinery seen in hydroelectric generators.

This project was aimed at developing a monitoring system for predicting failure in slowly rotating machinery, particularly as seen in hydroelectric generating sets. Predictive software and a data decision system were developed and various new components were installed and successfully tested in hydroelectric plants, including a medium-frequency optical sensor and a low-frequency optical fibre accelerometer. The results mean increased efficiency in hydroelectric power generation and increased activity for sensor-manufacturing SMEs.

Partners say that while their new system is designed for slowly rotating machinery applications like hydroelectric sets or rotary cement kilns, the new software can also be used with rapidly rotating machine-monitoring sensors.

Cordis RCN: 22832
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