Pipelines in power stations often experience constant extreme pressures and temperatures, commonly withstanding 300 bar of pressure and temperatures up to 620°C. This can cause the pipes to vibrate and result in thermal line movements of up to 1 metre in some places.
Therefore, constant supports are needed to compensate for these thermal movements. Previously, this was possible only by manually inspecting the mechanically and thermally stressed pipelines on the surface of a power station. This involved experienced personnel assessing whether pipeline vibrations or movements were still within specified tolerance limits and miscalculations or late recognition of a problem could result in damaging, costly consequences.
Bestech Australia presents Micro-Epsilon’s WDS-P60 series draw-wire sensors that can be used in the central monitoring of the respective vibrations and the thermal movements of the pipelines at the sensitive locations within the power station.
These draw-wire sensors can safely and reliably transmit movement information to a central control room where advanced monitoring software, together with the long service life (up to 5 million cycles) enables the time-consuming manual checks of pipelines to become more flexible and accurate.
Draw-wire sensors are available in Australia and New Zealand from Bestech Australia.