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During normal operation, a turbine’s own speed control system regulates the rotational speed of the machine. However, in the event of a problem with the turbine and/or its control system, an overspeed detection system (ODS) provides an isolated layer of protection that will automatically and immediately initiate a shutdown of the machine should this become necessary. In this way, the ODS increases safety, making it easier to meet regulatory requirements, while reducing operating costs such as maintenance and insurance.Read more
Overspeed protection systems play a key role in ensuring the safe operation of machinery in power plants and other critical industrial applications. In the past, ODSs were predominantly mechanical devices but nowadays, most overspeed systems are electronic in nature.Read more
Proof testing is a routine action that helps ensure the integrity (SIL level) of a safety instrumented system (SIS) throughout its lifecycle. Long proof test intervals are preferable to short proof test intervals because they reduce unnecessary downtime, especially if the proof testing can be aligned with a machine’s periodic maintenance procedures. Proof test intervals […]Read more
Because the integrity of a safety-related system degrades over time, periodic testing (known as proof testing) is essential in order to detect hidden failures. So it is of crucial importance that all safety instrumented systems (SISs) have a maintenance plan in place to support their ongoing operation. This compensates for the safety system integrity degrading […]Read more
When it comes to the design and specification of an overspeed detection system (ODS), the selection of the correct speed sensors for each specific application is essential in order to achieve an accurate and reliable measurement of the rotational speed and/or acceleration. In every ODS application, particular attention has to be given both to the […]Read more
According to the API standard 670 for Machinery Protection Systems, an electronic overspeed detection system (ODS) consists of speed sensors, power supplies, output relays, signal processing, and alarm/shutdown/integrity logic. Its function is to continuously measure shaft rotational speed and activate its output relays when an overspeed condition is detected. API 670 defines multiple requirements […]Read more
An Overspeed Detection System (ODS) has one job and one job only – detect an overspeed event and initiate an emergency trip sequence.Read more