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Extending the life of gas turbines by fitting new controllers

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Kevin Magee, MD of Proeon Systems, will describe what is involved in retrofitting modern controllers to old gas turbines, such as those used offshore for generation and pumping, to upgrade performance and extend operational life.

The control systems of industrial gas turbines have seen significant changes over the past decade, with the increasing use of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) for both OEM and retrofit applications and where the engines are used for power generation, gas compression and oil pumping applications.

This presentation will look at how a small controls engineering company developed standard general purpose control strategies that can be adapted for application with aero-derivative and heavy industrial gas turbines to deal with obsolescence, improve performance, add diagnostics and hence extend the operational lifetime of the engines and driven loads.

Kevin Magee co-founded Proeon Systems in 2003 to provide engineering design consultancy and software development for complex gas turbine control applications. The company has grown year on year to provide consultancy services, design, manufacture, and support for projects within the energy, oil & gas and automation sectors.

Kevin has extensive experience in the detailed and conceptual design of PLC , PC and SCADA systems as well as software, communications systems, control & instrumentation systems and LV switchgear design.

He is a Chartered Electrical Engineer and is a Fellow of the IET . He has over 25 years’ experience in detailed design, project engineering, engineering management and systems commissioning roles for a variety of industries.

Refreshments served from 18.30. Talk starts at 19.00. Ends by 21.00 following questions and discussion.

Free to attend. Registration not required. All welcome.

This talk is open to the public and is suitable for university students and engineers. You are encouraged to extend this invitation to colleagues, friends and members of your family who are interested in engineering.

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There is ample free parking in the IfM’s carpark beside the building. The entrance is just past the IfM’s service road.

This talk is part of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (Cambridgeshire Area) series.

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