Since the inception of the first steam turbine used for generating power in the late 19th century, turbine oils have been at the root of surprisingly few failures. We have seen a reverse in this trend however as more steam turbine reliability problems are caused by turbine oils.

Maintenance and Contamination Control:

Fluitec's Electrophysical Separation Process (ESP) technology is designed to remove turbine oil degradation products when they are formed, before they have an opportunity to develop into deposits. It is well understood that these degradation products (also referred to as soft contaminants) develop into deposits; however they can also cause addition problems in steam turbine oils. They are known to be catalyst which promote further degradation and shorter oil life. Their polar nature may also interfere with a turbine oil's water separability (demulsibility) characteristics. Use of Fluitec's ESP technology on steam turbine oils allows for deposit-free performance while also extending the remaining useful life of the fluid.

Many steam turbine controls are operated by a separate electro-hydraulic control (EHC) system utilizing a phosphate ester fire resistant fluid. Phosphate esters are hygroscopic and prone to water contamination. They also rapidly hydrolyze and deteriorate in the presence of water. Fluitec's Stealth EHC technology is the most cost effective technology available for maintaining very low water levels in your phosphate ester fluids.

Contact us today to learn how you can us improve your steam turbine reliability through Fluitec's knowledge and expertise.