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  • #2258
    muhlym
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    We have 4 50 SGs that have been in operation since January, 2019 with run hours that vary from 5900 hours to 3700 hours.  The engines came with HUG emissions control systems.

    Since commissioning, the average ammonia injection rate has nearly doubled (from 7.5 gal/hr to 13.5 gal/hr), the CO has more than tripled (2.5 ppm to 8.1 ppm) and the d/p across the catalyst has increased by 5%.  The HUG maintenance manual states to clean the catalyst ‘as required’.

    What are the experiences of other users?  Are these the symptoms that are seen with a dirty catalyst?  How often are other users cleaning their catalysts?  Do you clean them yourself or hire it out to a 3rd party?

     

    Thanks in advance for any feedback.

     

    Mike

    #2259
    Steven Osgood
    Participant

    At Portwest ward we check / clean the catalyst at the 4000 hour interval.  We have not seen the size of the indications you talk about, just an increase in DP.

    We have just completed the 8K maintenance intervals, and blew out / vacuumed each of the catalyst beds.

     

    #2260
    Jeremy Saar
    Participant

    We clean them annually and inspect the HUG controls and injection systems. We started off cleaning them based on hours but found some engines with less hours had more ash then engines with higher hours.

    We do the cleaning ourselves and use a combination of high volume air nozzles from Exair and a vacuum cleaner. You should see some major improvement if you clean them.

    #2263
    ajluhmann
    Participant

    We have silencer packing depositing on our first ROM layer.  We inspect those quarterly as required by our air permit.  However we recently experienced a DP across our SCR due to the silencer packing.  Keep in mind that our facility is 34SG’s with the silencers ahead of the SCRs.  To clean these off we use a HEPA vacuum with a soft bristle nozzle.

    If you are entering the SCR enclosure, you should make sure your PPE is appropriate.  One of the components of the ROM layer is Vanadium Pentoxide.  You dont want to ingest this or get it on your skin.  There is also Vermiculite found in the expansion mats.  For our entry into the SCR enclosure we have to suit up using our full body haz mat suit plus a respirator and goggles.

    We’ve also had good luck with consulting Miratech with any SCR/Urea questions.  They have several ex-HUG employees working with for them and we have found them to be quite knowledgeable with regards to troubleshooting our HUG system.

    Miratech Contact – David Bonner – dbonner@miratechcorp.com – 918-442-2499

    • This reply was modified 1 month ago by ajluhmann.
    #2266
    muhlym
    Participant

    Between ROM and OXI layers

    As a follow up to my first post – we just opened up the SCR that has 5700 hours on it for the first time and we found a lot of debris in the later sections of the SCR.  I’ve attached a picture of the section between the ROM and OXI layers.

    Based on the soot we see in the HUG sample filters, we were expecting excessive soot build up in the SCR to be causing the degraded performance, but we were very surprised when we saw very little soot.  Is this similar to what other users find during their inspections?  Have other users found the expansion mats to break free?

    Thanks,

    Mike

    mike.muhly@talgov.com

    #2268
    muhlym
    Participant

    I am having technical difficulties posting a picture to the forum.  If you would like to see a picture from our catalyst inspection, please send me an e-mail.

    Thanks,

    Mike

    mike.muhly@talgov.com

    #2270
    muhlym
    Participant

    Between ROM and OXI layers

    • This reply was modified 1 month ago by muhlym.
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