CAMPAIGN FOR ROBUSTNESS OF GAS FUEL METERING
Vicosol with our trusted supplier Woodward, are pleased to present this campaign of the new gas fuel metering valves. We can offer you a good price and effective execution of the changeout and incorporation to the new valves. To secure uptime and robustness of your LM gas turbine application.
For decades, the LM applications has used Woodward gas fuel metering valves. The valves have been provided with external/on-board drivers, various port sizes, high torque/limited torque versions, analog and/or digital interface.
The existing Woodward valves used were initially controlled either with hydraulic actuation, or later via external EM valve drivers. Early 2000 Woodward introduced the GS6/16 with driver embedded on the valve, and later Woodward launched the DVP as a common digital valve driver for the rest of the valve family.
Valves with limited torque have proven to be vulnerable to the gas fuel supply, resulting in sticky valves and unexpected shutdowns. This has resulted in the need to maintain the old 3103 and 3171 valves in production, to have solutions for sites that could not guarantee clean gas.
As a result of product improvement over years, Woodward now release the new GS40/50 family, that will be a uniform valve platform that can cover all applications.
With its design based on Woodward experience through decades, this will contribute to robustness of any gas fuel metering applications. These valves can replace the existing valves, with the added value of enhanced function, robustness and features.
The Vicosol team has more than 20 years of experience with control systems, and in-depth knowledge of the Woodward valves. Our specialty is to turn old and obsolete control systems into new, modern and effective control solutions by using state of the art technology. As a small organization we can support the customer with a lean and cost-effective implementation of the new GS40/50-series, into their application. We are fully supported by Woodward, with an agreement of SW and HW purchase, as well as repair.
OVERVIEW EXISTING VALVE SERIES
The below table shows a brief overview of some of the most common gas fuel metering valves utilized.
The GS40/50 valves bring the latest version of rotary control valves, that are built on decades of application experience by Woodward in the gas turbine market. With the updated design, the gas fuel metering valves are ideal for applications ranging from clean pipeline gas to wellhead gas.
The Woodward GS40 and GS50 valve series have several enhanced features, compared to the existing valves utilized in existing systems.
With the new gearless direct drive, the torque margin is greatly increased to provide more robust performance in the harshest conditions. In addition, the service overhaul is increased from 50000 hours to 64000 hours.
Torque capability of the actuator is 6xGS6 for the GS40 and 4xGS16 for the GS50.
The self-cleaning, shear-type metering action keeps the metering port free from performance-limiting deposits of gas condensates, contaminants, and system debris. This result in a valve that is less vulnerable for the gas quality, making it ideal for applications ranging from clean pipeline to wellhead gas.
With the on-board driver there is no need for additional cabinets. In addition, some of the cabling is eliminated, resulting in easier install and lower installation costs.
The on-board driver can be interfaced to the turbine fuel controller via analog signals or CAN bus communication.
For analog control redundant
4-20 mA input and feedback signals are used. The control via CAN bus communication, is done through redundant CANopen control networks.
It is possible to configurate the GS40/50 valves for redundant control, so both 4-20 mA and CANopen commands are accepted. The benefit of this configuration is that if the demand signal in operation fails, the driver will switch to the healthy input demand signal.
The integrated driver incorporates redundant signal conditioning, fault detection, and selectable failure management options.
At shutdown, the valve failsafe return to closed position
The new valves were designed specifically to be replacements for the GS6 & GS16 valves.
MAIN REWORK REQUIRED
Rebuild to the new valve require review and evaluation of the mechanical- and electrical layout, as well as the controller SW.
Since the new valves were designed specifically to be replacements for the GS6 & GS16 valves, the mechanical work is very limited. The valves have the same flange-to-flange dimensions as their predecessors, i.e., no piping changes are necessary.
Due to the on-board driver design, the overall physical size of the valve is a bit different. Hence the current installation needs to be verified to ensure enough space is available around the valve top.
The conduit entry location has changed due to the side-mounted driver; hence slight changes is required in the cable routing. The driver radial orientation relative to flanges can be specified at the time of assembly in 90-degree increments. I.e., the driver positioning can be adjusted to give an optimal fit for the application.
Review of the control philosophy for the updated valve application will clarify which control signals that will apply. Either it is to run analog control only, or combination of analog- and digital control. In most cases it is anticipate that existing wiring can be reused.
In addition, the following must be evaluated:
- Capacity and wiring for the powering of the new valve
- Shall the driver on the new valve be interfaced with conduit solution, or through the connectorized interface available
Vicosol will support in review and guidance for the new application.
The SW update required for a valve upgrade, is limited and dependent of existing solution. For an analog controlled application there is normally no need for any software modifications. Digital controlled applications require updates to the hardware interface part of the software. As the new digital driver has a lot more statuses available on the digital communication link, update to any SAS/DCS/ICSS Modbus link might be necessary.
SCOPE OF DELIVERY
Vicosol provides the complete kit of parts, drawings and SW modification to replace the existing gas fuel metering valves, including updated documentation.
Typical delivery consists of:
- Review of the existing application
- Application notes for the updated design
- GS40/50 valve selected and configured to replace existing valve
- Required SW updates
- HMI updated upon request
- Additional cabling (if require)
- Fixing material
- Update of documentation, such as:
- Functional description
- GA/Mechanical layout
- Field wiring
- Datasheet and manuals
Pricing will be provided based upon request