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NDE for utilities: maintaining reliability in a competitive environment
Author(s): Richard M. Tilley; Colin R. Brett
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Paper Abstract

US utilities are facing an increasingly deregulated market place in which price competition will be featured. Correspondingly, utilities are aggressively pursuing cost reduction efforts in all phases of electric power production. Power plant operating and maintenance cost reduction efforts must be carefully managed, however, to avoid a potential reduction in operating reliability. To succeed in this effort will require new NDE techniques and decision support tools. Key attributes of such new techniques will be improved measurement speed and accuracy, reduced preparation requirements, automated data acquisition, and computer-based analysis support. Tools will be required to assist power plant personnel in making the best decisions on what, when, and how to inspect plant components to achieve overall economic objectives.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 November 1996
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2947, Nondestructive Evaluation of Utilities and Pipelines, (14 November 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.259154
Show Author Affiliations
Richard M. Tilley, Electric Power Research Institute (United States)
Colin R. Brett, Electric Power Research Institute (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2947:
Nondestructive Evaluation of Utilities and Pipelines
Martin Prager; Richard M. Tilley, Editor(s)

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