A critical activity at a nuclear power plant is monitoring the equipment condition, looking for early warning signs and identifying abnormalities. Vibration monitoring and condition monitoring of critical nuclear assets helps improve machine reliability and availability, so you can enhance safety and optimize operations.
Plant maintenance and reliability engineers depend on Meggitt sensors and vibration monitoring system to protect the critical machines. Meggitt condition monitoring solution VibroSight® is helping customers to manage their assets by providing a platform to detect the slightest change in the machinery behaviour and identify the root cause.
Meggitt condition monitoring solutions are also helping our customers to reduce unwarranted downtime, increase availability of their machines and implement effective preventive maintenance programs.
Some of the critical machines that need a 24/7 protection and management system in a typical nuclear power plant:
|Primary circuit (reactor area):||Secondary circuit (safe area):|
|Primary reactor coolant pump||Steam turbine generators|
|High-pressure injection pump||Boiler feed pumps|
|Filling pump||Condensate extraction pumps|
|Containment spray pump||Auxiliary cooling water pump|
|Nuclear reactor component cooling water pump||Circulating water pumps|
|Auxiliary feed water pump|
Meggitt vibration monitoring sensors include built-in safeguards for reliable monitoring and consistent, long-term performance in nuclear plant environments. With an MTBF greater than 25 years, our vibration monitoring sensors include the following features to effectively monitor the vibration of rotating machinery at nuclear facilities:
Special applications for nuclear steam turbine generators:
Apart from the regular sensing solutions, we have developed a unique offering for when you want to know the stress level in the valve due to the higher moisture content in the steam. For this, the condition monitoring software processing tools are used along with the high temperature valve casing vibration accelerometer and valve position sensors.