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Title:
METHOD OF MONITORING FOR COMBUSTION ANOMALIES IN A GAS TURBOMACHINE AND A GAS TURBOMACHINE INCLUDING A COMBUSTION ANOMALY DETECTION SYSTEM
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2015/142612
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A method of monitoring for combustion anomalies in a gas turbomachine includes sensing an exhaust gas temperature at each of a plurality of temperature sensors arranged in an exhaust system of the gas turbomachine, comparing the exhaust gas temperature at each of the plurality of temperature sensors with a mean exhaust gas temperature, determining whether the exhaust gas temperature at one or more of the plurality of temperature sensors deviates from the mean exhaust temperature by a predetermined threshold value, and identifying an instantaneous combustion anomaly at one or more of the temperature sensors sensing a temperature deviating from the mean exhaust temperature by more than the predetermined threshold value.

Inventors:
MILLER, Karen, Warren (General Electric Company, 4200 Wildwood PkwyAtlanta, GA, 30339-8402, US)
IASILLO, Robert, Joseph (1274 Mackintosh Park, Atlanta, GA, 30318, US)
LEMMON, Matthew, Francis (General Electric Company, 4200 Wildwood PkwyAtlanta, GA, 30339-8402, US)
Application Number:
US2015/020147
Publication Date:
September 24, 2015
Filing Date:
March 12, 2015
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY (1 River Road, Schenectady, NY, 12345, US)
International Classes:
F01D17/08; F01D21/00; F01D21/12; F02C9/00; F02C9/28; G01K3/06; G01M15/14
Domestic Patent References:
WO2013077861A12013-05-30
Foreign References:
EP2469041A12012-06-27
US20040079070A12004-04-29
US20120161965A12012-06-28
JPH01167418A1989-07-03
JP2012202297A2012-10-22
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
CONKLIN, Mark, A. et al. (General Electric Company, Global Patent Operation3135 Easton Turnpik, Fairfield CT, 06828, US)
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Claims:
WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:

1. A method of monitoring for combustion anomalies in a gas turbomachine, the method comprising: sensing an exhaust gas temperature at each of a plurality of temperature sensors arranged in an exhaust system of the gas turbomachine; comparing the exhaust gas temperature at each of the plurality of temperature sensors with a mean exhaust temperature; determining whether the exhaust gas temperature at one or more of the plurality of temperature sensors deviates from the mean exhaust temperature by a predetermined threshold value; and identifying an instantaneous combustion anomaly at one or more of the plurality of temperature sensors sensing a temperature deviating from the mean exhaust temperature by more than the predetermined threshold value.

2. The method of claim 1, further comprising: combining one or more of the plurality of temperature sensors into a group.

3. The method of claim 2, further comprising: determining whether each of the one or more of the plurality of temperature sensors in the group senses a temperature deviating from the mean exhaust temperature.

4. The method of claim 3, further comprising: determining a maximum sensed temperature detected by one or more of the plurality of temperature sensors in the group, a mean sensed temperature detected by the one or more of the plurality of temperature sensors in the group, and determining an average sensed temperature detected by the one or more of the plurality of temperature sensors in the group if all of the plurality of temperature sensors in the group sense a temperature deviating from the mean exhaust temperature.

5. The method of claim 4, further comprising: comparing the maximum sensed temperature with a first threshold value, the mean sensed temperature with a second threshold value, and the average temperature with a third threshold value.

6. The method of claim 5, wherein identifying the instantaneous combustion anomaly includes determining that one of the maximum sensed temperature exceeds the first threshold value, the mean sensed temperature exceeds the second threshold value, and the average sensed temperature exceeds the third threshold value.

7. The method of claim 1, further comprising: triggering an alarm to indicate the instantaneous combustion anomaly.

8. The method of claim 1, further comprising: identifying the instantaneous combustion anomaly for each of a plurality of consecutive time periods.

9. The method of claim 8, further comprising: triggering an alarm to indicate the instantaneous combustion anomaly if the instantaneous combustion anomaly is indicated for a predetermined number of consecutive time periods.

10. The method of claim 8, wherein each of the plurality of consecutive time periods comprises one (1) minute.

11. A gas turbomachine system comprising: a compressor portion including an air inlet; a turbine portion operatively connected to the compressor portion, the turbine portion including an exhaust outlet; a combustor assembly fluidically connected to the compressor portion and the turbine portion; an air intake system fluidically connected to the air inlet; an exhaust system fluidically connected to the exhaust outlet, the exhaust system including a plurality of temperature sensors configured to detect a temperature of exhaust gases passing through the exhaust system; and a combustion anomaly detection system operatively connected to each of the plurality of temperature sensors, the combustion anomaly detection system including a computer readable storage medium having program instructions embodied therewith, the program instructions readable by a processing circuit to cause the processing circuit to perform a method comprising: sensing an exhaust gas temperature at each of the plurality of temperature sensors arranged in the exhaust system; comparing the exhaust gas temperature at each of the plurality of temperature sensors with a mean exhaust gas temperature; determining whether the exhaust gas temperature at one or more of the plurality of temperature sensors deviates from the mean exhaust temperature by a predetermined threshold value; and identifying an instantaneous combustion anomaly at one or more of the plurality of temperature sensors sensing a temperature deviating from the mean exhaust temperature by more than the predetermined threshold value.

12. The gas turbomachine system of claim 11, wherein, the program instructions readable by a processing circuit to cause the processing circuit to combine one or more of the plurality of temperature sensors into a group.

13. The gas turbomachine system of claim 12, wherein, the program instructions readable by a processing circuit to cause the processing circuit to determine whether each of the one or more of the plurality of temperature sensors in the group senses a temperature deviating from the mean exhaust temperature.

14. The gas turbomachine system of claim 13, wherein, the program instructions readable by a processing circuit to cause the processing circuit to determine a maximum sensed temperature detected by one or more of the plurality of temperature sensors in the group, a mean sensed temperature detected by the one or more of the plurality of temperature sensors in the group, and determining an average sensed temperature detected by the one or more of the plurality of temperature sensors in the group if all of the plurality of temperature sensors in the group sense a temperature deviating from the mean exhaust temperature.

15. The gas turbomachine system according to claim 14, wherein, the program instructions readable by a processing circuit to cause the processing circuit to compare the maximum sensed temperature with a first threshold value, the mean sensed temperature with a second threshold value, and the average temperature with a third threshold value.

16. The gas turbomachine system according to claim 15, wherein identifying the instantaneous combustion anomaly includes determining that one of the maximum sensed temperature exceeds the first threshold value, the mean sensed temperature exceeds the second threshold value, and the average sensed temperature exceeds the third threshold value.

17. The gas turbomachine system according to claim 11, wherein, the program instructions readable by a processing circuit to cause the processing circuit to trigger an alarm to indicate the instantaneous combustion anomaly.

18. The gas turbomachine system according to claim 11, wherein, the program instructions readable by a processing circuit to cause the processing circuit to identify the instantaneous combustion anomaly for each of a plurality of consecutive time periods.

19. The gas turbomachine system according to claim 18, wherein, the program instructions readable by a processing circuit to cause the processing circuit to trigger an alarm to indicate the instantaneous combustion anomaly if the instantaneous combustion anomaly is indicated for a predetermined number of consecutive time periods.

20. The gas turbomachine system according to claim 18, wherein each of the plurality of consecutive time periods comprises one (1) minute.

Description:
METHOD OF MONITORING FOR COMBUSTION ANOMALIES IN A GAS

TURBOMACHINE AND A GAS TURBOMACHINE INCLUDING A COMBUSTION

ANOMALY DETECTION SYSTEM

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0001] The subject matter disclosed herein relates to the art of turbomachine and, more particularly, to a method of monitoring for combustion anomalies in a gas turbomachine and a gas turbomachine including a combustion anomaly detection system.

[0002] Turbomachines include a compressor portion linked to a turbine portion through a common compressor/turbine shaft and a combustor assembly. An inlet airflow is passed through an air intake toward the compressor portion. In the compressor portion, the inlet airflow is compressed through a number of sequential stages toward the combustor assembly. In the combustor assembly, the compressed airflow mixes with a fuel to form a combustible mixture. The combustible mixture is combusted in the combustor assembly to form hot gases. The hot gases are guided along a hot gas path of the turbine portion through a transition piece. The hot gases expand along a hot gas path through a number of turbine stages acting upon turbine bucket airfoils mounted on wheels to create work that is output, for example, to power a generator. The hot gases pass from the turbine portion through an exhaust system as exhaust gases. A number of thermocouples are arranged in the exhaust system to measure temperatures of the exhaust gases.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

[0003] According to an exemplary embodiment, a method of monitoring for combustion anomalies in a gas turbomachine includes sensing an exhaust gas temperature at each of a plurality of temperature sensors arranged in an exhaust system of the gas turbomachine, comparing the exhaust gas temperature at each of the plurality of temperature sensors with a mean exhaust gas temperature, determining whether the exhaust gas temperature at one or more of the plurality of temperature sensors deviates from the mean exhaust temperature by a predetermined threshold value, and identifying an instantaneous combustion anomaly at one or more of the temperature sensors sensing a temperature deviating from the mean exhaust temperature by more than the predetermined threshold value.

[0004] According to another aspect of an exemplary embodiment, a gas turbomachine system includes a compressor portion including an air inlet, and a turbine portion operatively connected to the compressor portion. The turbine portion includes an exhaust outlet. A combustor assembly is fluidically connected to the compressor portion and the turbine portion. An air intake system is fluidically connected to the air inlet, and an exhaust system is fluidically connected to the exhaust outlet. The exhaust system includes a plurality of temperature sensors configured to detect a temperature of exhaust gases passing through the exhaust system. A combustion anomaly detection system is operatively connected to each of the plurality of temperature sensors. The combustion anomaly detection system includes a computer readable storage medium having program instructions embodied therewith. The program instructions are readable by a processing circuit to cause the processing circuit to perform a method including sensing an exhaust gas temperature at each of the plurality of temperature sensors arranged in the exhaust system, comparing the exhaust gas temperature at each of the plurality of temperature sensors with a mean exhaust gas temperature, determining whether the exhaust gas temperature at one or more of the plurality of temperature sensors deviates from the mean exhaust temperature by a predetermined threshold value, and identifying an instantaneous combustion anomaly at one or more of the temperature sensors sensing a temperature deviating from the mean exhaust temperature by more than the predetermined threshold value.

[0005] These and other advantages and features will become more apparent from the following description taken in conjunction with the drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

[0006] The subject matter, which is regarded as the invention, is particularly pointed out and distinctly claimed in the claims at the conclusion of the specification. The foregoing and other features, and advantages of the invention are apparent from the following detailed description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings in which:

[0007] FIG. 1 is a schematic representation of a gas turbomachine including a combustion anomaly detection system, in accordance with an exemplary embodiment;

[0008] FIG. 2 is an axial view of an exhaust system of the gas turbomachine of FIG. 1; and

[0009] FIG. 3 depicts a flow chart illustrating a method of detecting combustion anomalies, in accordance with an exemplary embodiment.

[0010] The detailed description explains embodiments of the invention, together with advantages and features, by way of example with reference to the drawings.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

[0011] A gas turbomachine system, in accordance with an exemplary embodiment, is illustrated generally at 2, in FIG. 1. Gas turbomachine system 2 includes a gas turbomachine 4 having a compressor portion 6 fluidically connected to a turbine portion 8 through a combustor assembly 10. Combustor assembly 10 includes one or more combustors 12 which may be arranged in a can-annular array. Compressor portion 6 may also be mechanically linked to turbine portion 8 through a shaft 14. Compressor portion 6 includes an air inlet 16 and turbine portion 8 includes an exhaust outlet 18. An air intake system 20 is fluidically connected to air inlet 16. Air intake system 20 may condition air passing into compressor portion 6. For example, air intake system 20 may remove or reduce moisture that may be carried by air passing into air inlet 16. An exhaust system 22 is fluidically connected to exhaust outlet 18. Exhaust system 22 may condition exhaust gases passing from turbine portion 8 prior to introduction to ambient. Gas turbomachine system 2 may also include a driven load 30 that could take the form of a generator, a pump, or a vehicle.

[0012] As shown in FIG. 2, exhaust system 22 includes a housing 40 having an outer surface 42 and an inner surface 44 that defines an exhaust gas flow path 46. Exhaust system 22 includes a plurality of temperature sensors, one of which is indicated at 50, arranged on housing 40. Temperature sensors 50 may take the form of thermocouples that are circumferentially arrayed about inner surface 44 and exposed to exhaust gas flow path 46. In accordance with an aspect of an exemplary embodiment, one or more temperature sensors 50 may be arranged in a group 53 with exhaust gas system 22 including multiple groups of temperature sensors. In accordance with another aspect of an exemplary embodiment, each group may include three temperature sensors.

[0013] In accordance with an exemplary embodiment, gas turbomachine system 2 includes a combustor anomaly detection system 60 operatively connected to each of the plurality of temperature sensors 50. It should be understood that combustor anomaly detection system 60 may be co-located with gas turbomachine 4, or may be in a central global monitoring station. Thus, combustor anomaly detection system 60 may receive data from and simultaneously monitor multiple gas turbomachine systems located anywhere in the world from a single monitoring location. In contrast to prior art systems in which combustion anomalies are detected by reviewing exhaust gas temperature trends over time, combustor anomaly detection system 60 identifies the presence of instantaneous hot and/or cold spots in exhaust system 22. Combustor anomaly detection system 60 includes a CPU 62, a computer readable storage medium 64 provided with a set of program instructions 68 and a memory 70. As will be discussed more fully below, combustor anomaly detection system 60 is operatively connected to an alarm 74 that may provide a visual and/or an audible alarm upon detecting a combustion anomaly as will be detailed below.

[0014] As shown in FIG. 3, a method 200 of detecting combustion anomalies is embedded in program instructions 68. Initially, combustion anomaly detection system 60 determines whether gas turbomachine 4 has been running for a predetermine period of time in block 202. If gas turbomachine 4 has not been running for the predetermined time period, no action is taken as shown in block 204. If, gas turbomachine 4 has been running for at least the predetermined period of time, an exhaust gas temperature is collected from each temperature sensor 50 and compared to a mean exhaust gas temperature in block 206. A determination is made in block 208 whether any of temperature sensors 50 have failed. A sensor is deemed as being failed if the sensed temperature deviates from the mean exhaust gas temperature by more than a threshold value. In one example, the threshold value may be ± 300 °F (149 °C). Of course, it should be understood that the threshold value may vary.

[0015] If no failed temperature sensors are indicated, a temperature is captured at each temperature sensor 50 in each group 53 in block 210. If, in block 208, failed temperature sensors are indicated, those sensors are flagged as to be ignored, and new groups established, in block 212, and temperatures are collected at any remaining temperature sensors in each new group in block 210. In block 220 a determination is made whether any one of temperature sensors 50 sense a temperature that deviates, either above or below, the mean exhaust temperature. Combustion anomaly detection system 60 may look at each sensor 50 individually, or may look at each sensor 50 in each group 53. If all temperature sensors 50 report temperatures that indicate similar deviations from the mean exhaust temperature, additional comparisons are made in step 230. If, however, one or more of the temperature sensors 50 deviate differently than others of the temperature sensors 50, method 200 returns to step 210.

[0016] For example, in block 230, combustion anomaly detection system 60 may look at all sensors 50 in a group and determine whether a maximum sensed temperature in the group is greater than a first threshold value a, whether a median sensed temperature of the group is greater than a second threshold value β, and whether an average temperature of the group is greater than a third threshold value δ. Of course it should be understood that the value of each of the first, second and third threshold values may vary depending upon particulars of the gas turbomachine

4. If one or more of the maximum sensed temperature, median sensed temperature, and average sensed temperature exceeds the corresponding one of the first, second, and third threshold values, the group is flagged as indicating an instantaneous combustion anomaly, in block 240, and stored in memory 70, a counter is incremented in block 250 and method returns to block 202 to detect temperatures for a second time period. If the combustion anomaly persists for a predetermine period, e.g., the group is repeatedly flagged as indicating the combustion anomaly for consecutive time periods, combustor anomaly detection system 60 may generate an alarm 74 indicating that an anomaly persists in exhaust system 22. In accordance with one aspect of the exemplary embodiment, if the group is flagged as indicting an anomaly in each of 40 consecutive one minute time periods, alarm 74 may be activated in block 260. Of course the duration of each period, and the number of consecutive periods having an anomaly to indicate persistence may vary.

[0017] At this point it should be understood that the exemplary embodiment provides a system and method for detecting combustion anomalies in an exhaust system of a gas turbomachine. In contrast to prior art systems that rely on temperature trends over time, the exemplary embodiment identifies an instantaneous combustion anomaly, determines whether the anomaly persists, and sounds an alarm if the anomaly persists for a predetermined time period.

[0018] While the invention has been described in detail in connection with only a limited number of embodiments, it should be readily understood that the invention is not limited to such disclosed embodiments. Rather, the invention can be modified to incorporate any number of variations, alterations, substitutions or equivalent arrangements not heretofore described, but which are commensurate with the spirit and scope of the invention. Additionally, while various embodiments of the invention have been described, it is to be understood that aspects of the invention may include only some of the described embodiments. Accordingly, the invention is not to be seen as limited by the foregoing description, but is only limited by the scope of the appended claims.