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Consulting Services for Power and Process Plants

European Technology Development (ETD) is an international consulting company providing services to power and process plants worldwide. ETD's consulting work is unique in that it is backed up with world-class collaborative R&D.

European Technology Development (ETD) is an international consulting company providing services to power and process plants worldwide. ETD’s consulting work is unique in that it is backed up with world-class collaborative R&D.

ETD’s consulting services cover areas such as:

  • Plant life assessment / extension (both deterministic and probabilistic)
  • On-site services such as replication, boroscopy, hardness, scanning force microscopy for creep, fatigue and corrosion damage assessment, boat sampling, NDE guidance and supervision
  • Fitness-for-service (FFS)
  • Stress and FE analysis (Caesar 2, Abaqus, Ansys)
  • Weld and weld repair assessment
  • Root cause failure analysis and remedial measures
  • Crack assessment
  • Design review and improvement (especially for plant cyclic capability)
  • Risk-based management / inspection / maintenance
  • Benchmarking for plant performance, efficiency improvement, costs, failures, forced outage, etc.
  • Water chemistry and flow-assisted corrosion (FAC)

Power plant performance assessment

ETD’s structural integrity team consists of internationally recognised experts and can provide full analysis, which includes material properties analysis, stress analysis, creep and fatigue fracture and crack / defect assessment procedures using fitness-for-service ‘Fitnet’, BS7910, R6, R5, API579, EN12952 and RCCMR-A16. ETD also supports with design solutions to overcome weaknesses in structures.

Power plant performance assessment using the benchmarking approach for conventional, CCGTs and cogeneration plants is a very beneficial practice for plants trying to improve operation, maintenance, efficiency and other such factors, and reduce costs. The critical analysis of various performance indicators and their comparison with ETD’s large database is carried out to identify gaps and/or areas of improvement that influence plant availability and can help utilities to set realistic targets for best practices and performance improvement.

ETD at a Rome refinery together with the plant engineers.
Boat sampling using electrical discharge sampling equipment (EDSE).
Portable ‘damage assessment-scanning force microscopy’ DA-SFM for nano- and micro-level creep, fatigue, corrosion damage detection and study for life assessment.
ETD training course in ASME P92/ P91 Martensitic Steels, 2-3 August 2011, Chicago, US.
Defect assessment for a tee joint.

Integrity and life assessment of boilers, HRSGs and turbines

Integrity and life assessment of boilers / HRSGs, turbines (both steam and gas) and auxiliary equipment is our speciality. We have extensive experience in steam pipeline integrity and life assessment. We have just completed integrity and remaining life assessment of 12 boilers in Saudi Arabia, two HRSGs in Malaysia and are currently supporting Korean companies in the inspection, quality assurance and damage assessment of four sets of steam turbines and HRSGs, and a Middle Eastern company with the integrity assessment of a gas turbine.

Risk-based management and inspection of power plants

Increasingly these days maintenance managers are finding that there is less time (and/or money) available to do the amount of maintenance that they would like to do. There are a number of ways to assess the priority that should be given to maintenance or inspection tasks but increasingly a risk-based approach is preferred. ETD has developed risk-based maintenance guidelines/procedure known as ‘Riskfit’ specifically aimed at power generating equipment.

The main objective of risk-based maintenance is to allow a framework to identify and measure the risk areas and thereby allow optimised focusing of available resources.

Crack / defect assessment procedure and software

‘Crackfit’, a commercial software developed by ETD in collaboration with some of the European industry, deals with the assessment of cracks / defects in both low and high-temperature plants. The software contains a range of component and crack geometries experienced in high-temperature plants and a database and materials properties relevant to crack assessment.

ETD’s specialist tools

ETD is the European and world leader in providing probabilistic plant life assessment, probabilistic crack assessment, ‘boat sampling’ using our unique electrical discharge sampling equipment (EDSE) and scanning force microscopy (SFM) for creep, fatigue and corrosion damage assessment. ETD can perform modelling of plant operation / start-up / cycling costs, and guidance on plant cyclic operation / two-shifting / load following.

ETD team

The ETD team offers unparalleled expertise in plant asset integrity and on-site life assessment. The team consists of highly qualified metallurgists, mechanical engineers, FAC, water chemistry and corrosion specialists who can provide peace of mind to plant owners and operators by reducing technical and business risk.

The team can respond promptly to shut-downs or form part of a predictive / preventative maintenance strategy, and can therefore be considered an extended part of a company’s planned or unplanned outage. We bring highly specialised and experienced personnel to time-critical situations to minimise loss of production or to maximise the longevity of assets and profitability.

Training courses

As part of its technology transfer programme ETD regularly conducts bespoke and routine training courses around the world. Examples for 2012 include:

  • London: 11-15 June – Course in High Temp. Plant Life Assessment (including P91 issues, crack assessment, codes, analysis, staged approach to lifing)
  • USA (Charlotte, North Carolina): 26-27 November – Course in ‘Crack Assessment in Plant – both at low and high temperatures’; 28-30 November – Int. Conf. on ‘Power Plant Cyclic Operation’- Conventional Plant + CCGT; 26-29 November – Course in ‘Gas Turbine’ issues

ETD Consulting’s Plant Life Management Courses, London, 14 June

ETD, a power plant consulting company based in the south of London, is organising three popular two-day Power Plant Life Management Foundation (LMF) Courses. These back-to-back stand-alone but inter-linked courses will be held in Leatherhead, Surrey, just south of London).

3 April 2014

ETD to Host Short Training Courses in Power Plant Management

ETD is organising three two-day popular Power Plant Life Management (LMF) training courses. The back-to-back, stand-alone but inter-linked courses will be held in Leatherhead, Surrey (just south of London), in mid-February and repeated in mid-June 2014.

4 November 2013

ETD Completes New Guidelines for Power Plant Preservation

European Technology Development (ETD) has completed its new 'Guidelines for Power Plant Preservation', which is now available for purchase to industry worldwide. It is also in the process of completing a project for preparing 'Guidelines for the Commissioning of CCGT's', followed by a set of guidelines for the commissioning of conventional power plants.

20 September 2013

ETD Provides Unique Expertise in Power Plant Cost Analysis

ETD provides asset management services to conventional and CCGT plants worldwide. These include plant condition assessment, risk-based inspection and management, crack assessment, plant integrity and life Assessment, benchmarking, as well as boiler tube failure management.

10 June 2013

ETD to Host Training Course and International Seminar This Month

The European Technology Development (ETD) will host a two-day training course on P91+P92 steels for industry engineers from 21-22 May, followed by a two-day international seminar on 'New Materials' (P91, P92, P23, P24) from 23-24 May. Both are being held at the Institute of Materials (IOM3), central London, UK.

10 May 2013

ETD Launches New Project on ASME Steels ‘P91 and P92 Inspection and Life Assessment’

The launch of this multi-client group sponsored project (GSP) is a follow-up to an ETD's earlier exploratory phase GSP called 'P91 Integrity'. P91 Integrity project involved a good deal of preliminary work on new equipment development (with our industrial collaborators) for the early stage detection and monitoring of creep cavities and damage in P91 steel.

8 April 2013

ETD UK Announces Two Conferences and P91 / P92 Training Course

London, May 2013: After a gap of nearly two years, European Technology Development's (ETD) is returning to London with its two-day (9-10 May) International Seminar on New Materials (P91, P92, P23, P24, Ni-based alloys and new stainless steels etc). The seminar will focus on industry issues and related R&D findings.

28 January 2013

Five Day Training Course in Gas Turbine Issues in November

ETD, an international technical consulting company for power and process plant, is pleased to announce that it will be conducting, for the fourth consecutive year, its gas turbine training course on 18 to 22 November 2012 in Dubai. The previous three GT courses were held in London.

23 October 2012
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