Actuation Test Equipment Company
3393 Eddie Road
Winnebago, Illinois 61088
Subject: ITB Services, Product Descriptions and Project Milestones
ATECo is currently offering several products for turbine testing:
Established prices for goods and services:
Because there are so many variables and options in the configuration and application of the ITB technology, there are no pre-prepared formal manuals; every installation will be different. Manuals will be prepared specific for each installation after the testing method and ITB configuration are selected. Costs incurred will be added to the NRE for the installation.
A "hands-on" training session is the best way to introduce a new piece of equipment. The more complicated the subject matter, the more advantageous "face-to-face" time will be. Before preparing a manual or a training session, it is essential to know the skill-set of the audience it is for. The direct feedback from a site visit is most helpful.
The ITB is capable of recording analog, digital, and text-based outputs from the suite of sensors necessary to conduct an index test as specified in ASME PTC 18-2002, and utilizes advanced sensor monitoring techniques to improve the accuracy and usefulness of index test results when compared to manual test methods.
Measurement techniques include variable test periods and sampling frequencies to enable advanced post-processing techniques.
A typical ITB configuration is comprised of hardware:
An IBM Clone PC type computer
National Instruments I/O board
ATECo Pressure Transducer Manifold and Cart
ATECo 2-Way Signal Conditioner Box & Various cables and cords
MS-Windows XP Pro or Vista Operating System
Software Toolbox OPC Server software
Visual Basic 6.0 Programming environment
Sheridan Software 3-D Widgets
ATECo ITBRev3.exe executable object module
Camtasia screen video and sound recorder
(These listings are not complete or mandatory, just a guide as to the scope of the ITB configuration, every installation will be different.)
The first step to this project is a visit to the Government agency for a demonstration of two ITB configurations, one in a Desktop PC and the other in a Laptop PC. Demonstration includes analysis of “live” and “canned” measurements available using external multiple-potentiometer signal source boxes for live signals, and data files of “canned” measurements that were pre-recorded by pre-existing powerplant instrumentation. The best field-test deployment demonstration site would be on a Kaplan unit with a load-feedback governor and digital electronic 3-D cam.
Second step is a pre-test meeting and site survey. ATECo will go to the test site and collect documentation, make measurements present options to site personnel so they can select testing methods and ITB configuration. A test plan and ITB manual draft will be prepared and submitted to the Government agency acquiring turbine optimization services. The User’s manual specifies the sensors, connections, historical operating data, and plant parameters required to produce useful results from the ITB.
ATECo will provide a site-specific Deployment Plan for a site to be identified by the Government Agency. The Deployment Plan includes assessments of uncertainty, accuracy, and resolution of measured and computed results.
Four testing methods for Kaplan turbines can be utilized:
A typical ITB configuration is comprised of hardware:
(These listings are not complete or mandatory, just a guide as to the scope of the ITB software suite, every installation will be different.)
Third step; after acceptance of the test plan, ATECo will prepare an ITB for the proposed test, install it at the test site, and then run the pretest unit checkout to determine the condition of the governor and control system on the unit.
Fourth step; after evaluating the condition of the control system, a decision must be made by site personnel and the Government agency whether or not to take correction action to fix the problems found and continue with the automatic Constant Power test, or to press-on by manually positioning the gates and blades to run the index-test point-by-point.
Step-by-step Task List for ITB configuration and deployment:
Deliver ITB to Government Agency for inspection within 2-weeks of written approval from TPO.
Government Agency identifies Test Site ASAP.
Pre-test site inspection will take place within 2-weeks of Test Site identification.
ITB prepared and deployed within 30 days after test site inspection.
Two weeks at test site for installation & checkout of ITB, and evaluation of turbine control system robustness and blade positioning accuracy.
One week (or more, depending on difficulties encountered) to run the ITB turbine-efficiency performance test.
Four weeks to write the trip report and present the data and preliminary results. Analysis and conclusions will be presented later after sufficient ruminations between ATECo Government Agency and Lee Sheldon.
Writing of manuals will commence on day-1, and continue throughout the project.
Approvals and revisions will be concluded before the end of the year.
The User’s Manual shall provide sufficient detail to enable instrument technicians and plant performance engineers to understand the level of effort (labor and material) required to deploy, maintain, and recover the ITB on an operating hydraulic turbine.
Fifth and final step; redefinition of new Kaplan turbine 3–D cam surface profile data and review of site-specific manuals with Government agency and site personnel.
(A firm, fixed price list is attached as page 4.)