As a large number of installed combustion turbines approach the end of their turbine rotor useful design life, owners must be proactive. Decisions must be made regarding inspections or available options prior to this important milestone. This process requires careful planning because it is complex and involves significant lead time.
This webinar will address key issues when making end of useful design life decisions for combustion turbine rotors. It will help owners understand the limitations associated with this key component and the consequences that may result when operating beyond the intended design space. It will also provide general information to assist owners in developing an approach to managing risks, options, and solutions when planning for this milestone.
The webinar will be presented by Matthew Ferslew, Principal Engineer at GE Power and Penny Leahy, Senior Product Manager for Gas Turbine Services at GE Power. Matthew is a graduate of the University of Florida in Gainesville with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and Georgia Institute of Technology with a MS in Mechanical Engineering. He began his career at GE Power and Water in 2002 as a co-op working on various compressor and hot gas path component design, manufacturing, testing, and repair projects. In 2005, he joined the GE Edison Engineering program where he completed rotations in gas turbines, GT/ST controls, and wind turbines. In 2007, he joined the gas turbine rotor advanced technology team working on advanced gas turbine rotor designs, ultimately leading to the development of the 7FA.05 and the 7&9HA compressor rotors. In 2012, he received the GE Energy Technical Achievement Award for the 7FA.05 compressor rotor design. In 2014, he joined the product service team providing support for heavy duty gas turbine rotors for all frame 6, 7, and 9 machines.
Penny is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology with a BS in Engineering and Rensselaer Polytechnic with a MS in Engineering. Penny has more than 20 years of experience in the power and aircraft industry, as well as a deep knowledge of the global power industry and of gas power plant equipment. She began her career designing military jet engine components for Pratt & Whitney, and has held roles in engineering and services at GE Power, including running a global services business in the gas power space. She enjoys her work with gas power plant operators, finding new ways to improve and optimize their aging equipment.