Gas Turbines

Turbine Oil

Kaydon Filtration has helped several gas turbine power generators protect their equipment and maximize the effectiveness of their turbine oil.

Particulate and water reduce turbine oil viscosity, degrade turbine oil properties, and elevate turbine oil system operating temperatures. In addition, particulate and water are catalysts in forming highly corrosive byproducts within turbine oil, and these byproducts attack bearing surfaces and other rotating components. To protect sizable combustion turbine investments, it is vital to keep turbine oil clean and free of water.

Our TURBO-TOC® turbine oil conditioning systems reliably remove both water and particulates.  Compared to steam turbines, gas turbines do not normally need dedicated turbine oil conditioning systems applied to each reservoir. However, water will invade gas turbine lube oil reservoirs, and effective oil conditioning equipment is needed to remove water before it can create water related damage.

Kaydon offers the KL10S2, and KL30S2 TURBO-TOC turbine oil conditioners in a portable configuration. These configurations include the skid-mounted system, with four casters and tow bar, for effortless moving and easy positioning to a gas turbine lube oil reservoir. By providing a portable unit, turbine oil can be conditioned for several gas turbines within a power generation facility. The chart below provides general recommendations:

Turbo-TOC® Recommendation Chart for Gas Turbines

Number of Gas Turbines at Power Generation FacilityPortable Turbo-TOC® Part Number Recommendation (1)
2 – 3KL5S2-002 
3 – 6KL10S2-012
6 +KL30S2-012

(1) Part Numbers are for 460 VAC / 3 PH / 60 Hz service.  Contact Kaydon Filtration for other voltages.

Our TURBO-TOC oil conditioning system, supported by state-of-the-art coalescing technologies, reliably removes both water and particulates from your lubricating oils, and stands up to decades of continuous and demanding on-line service. Find out more about Kaydon Filtration’s solutions for gas turbine power generators, including how to protect equipment and maximize the effectiveness of their lubricants, by clicking on the link below or contacting your Kaydon Filtration solutions expert at [email protected].

Diesel Fuel

When diesel fuel is used as the fuel for a gas turbine, treatment of diesel fuel prior to injection into the gas turbine combustion chamber is a key issue faced by gas turbine users. Water-contaminated fuel causes incomplete combustion, which produces power loss and ignition “flame out.”

Also, saltwater contamination will cause sodium to enter the turbine, and this can lead to corrosive damage of the combustor and turbine blades. Particulate normally invades from corroded fuel tanks and fuel lines, as well as from poor fuel handling transfer and storage practices. Particle contamination of diesel fuel entering the combustor must be kept to a minimum to avoid nozzle plugging and combustion chamber fouling, in addition to reducing wear to moving fuel system components. Each gas turbine manufacturer has strict contamination limits, and the responsibility to comply lies with the power plant. Meeting the contamination limits can only be accomplished with fuel purification equipment that addresses both particulate and water.

Kaydon VKS particulate filtration vessels and 851E diesel fuel/water separator vessels piped in series provide a complete solution to diesel fuel purification for gas turbines that use diesel fuel for either the primary or secondary fuel source. Combined together, the VKS and 851E provide a diesel fuel purification solution for gas turbine operators.

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