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TIL 1323-3R1
9 JANUARY 2003
ISOLATING INNER ON-LINE WATER WASH compressor performance degradation rates as compared
to a two manifold system.
F-CLASS UNITS Additionally, GE recommends reducing the OLWW
system pressure supplied to the outer (aft) manifold to
APPLICABLE TO 40 psig by installing a stainless steel ball valve and
All commissioned F Class gas turbines with On-Line locally monitored pressure gauge. Initial testing
Water Wash Systems. performed by GE has indicated this system configuration
may reduce the OLWW R0 blade leading edge erosion
To inform users of GEs recommendation to isolate the
This TIL will be updated with further recommendations
inner OLWW system nozzle manifold by either installing
based on additional long term fleet operation testing data
a manual isolation valve or blanking the supply piping to
is developed.
the inner water wash nozzle supply line.
To support this recommendation, GE is advising on the
The purpose of this TIL revision is to make additional
installation of a 1 manual isolation ball valve (PN
recommendations for on line water wash system
354A3276P007) in the inner (forward) manifold supply
operation recommendations.
line and operation of the system with the valve shut. Or,
instead of inserting a manual isolation valve, simply
BACKGROUND DISCUSSION cutting and capping both ends of the supply line will
After R0 blade erosion was established as the root suffice in eliminating water flow through the inner nozzle
cause for a GE 9FA Gas Turbine suffering a blade manifold. For the outer (aft) nozzle manifold, it is
liberation event, GE began looking for ways to improve suggested that a 1 pressure throttling valve (PN
its OLWW system. The goal was to maintain the 256A1129P028 along with two connector fittings PN
current performance benefit given by daily operation of 156A1075P022) and 0-100 psi pressure gauge (PN
the OLWW system while eliminating, or significantly 315A2970P304) be installed in the outer (aft) manifold
reducing, the R0 blade leading edge erosion levels being supply line. Both of these modifications should be made
seen across the F Class fleet. at the next available outage. All material must be
capable of isolating pressures up to 100 psi and able to
After extensive testing in the laboratory and field on withstand application in a water environment.
multiple GE F class units, it is recommend operating the
OLWW system in the following configuration. Note: Installation and operation of these
recommendations does not affect the off line water wash
GE recommends operating the OLWW system utilizing
only the outer (aft) manifold. Testing done by GE shows
the inner (forward) OLWW manifold performs minimal
compressor cleaning and may cause increased erosion
rates on the R0 blade leading edge. The erosion
appears to be caused by water stratification on the bell
mouth struts wall, which then impacts the root of the R0
blade. Elimination of this manifold does not impact


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with your organization. However, since the operation of your plant involves many factors not within our knowledge, and since operation of the
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negligent, or is in other respects responsible for any alleged injury or damage sustained by your organization as a result of applying this
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Reference GE TIL 1303 for additional OLWW system

operating recommendations. Contact your local GE
Energy Services representative for assistance or
additional information.