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Basler SR8A Voltage Regulators for Emergency Diesel Generators
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Basler SR8A Voltage Regulators for Emergency Diesel Generators1011109
Final Report, December 2004
EPRI Project Manager J. Sharkey
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CITATIONSThis report was prepared by Nuclear Maintenance Applications Center (NMAC) EPRI 1300 W.T. Harris Boulevard Charlotte, NC 28262 Principal Investigator J. Sharkey This report describes research sponsored by EPRI. The report is a corporate document that should be cited in the literature in the following manner: Basler SR8A Voltage Regulators for Emergency Diesel Generators, EPRI, Palo Alto, CA: 2004. 1011109.
This report contains information to help utilities address emergency diesel generator voltage regulator issues. Background Over 40% of domestic U.S. nuclear power plant emergency diesel generator (EDG) voltage regulators are obsolete. EDG voltage regulators, typically of 195060 vintage, have recently experienced aging and obsolescence issues that have created a heightened awareness among nuclear utilities because of the threat to overall EDG performance. The industrys situation is complicated by parts shortages and limited or nonexistent manufacturer support. It is noted that all Basler Model voltage regulators are not obsolete at this time (other than the systems provided by Basler to support the EMD Mag Amp design), and their line is currently supported by nuclear EDG manufacturers or distributors and a Basler teaming arrangement with a third-party company. Objectives To provide guidance on maintenance and maintenance-related issues of Basler SR8A voltage regulators in nuclear EDG service To provide maintenance guidance, including a description of specific voltage regulator systems; a review of failure history, tuning, troubleshooting, routine preventive maintenance tasks; and discussions of special maintenance tasks
Approach The project teams approach focused on addressing (1) industry-wide voltage regulator maintenance issues (provided under separate cover) and (2) specific issues relating to specific models of voltage regulators. The project team reviewed industry databases for EDG voltage regulator failure information and analyzed these data to identify common industry maintenance issues. The resultant maintenance issues were combined with the project teams own expertise in maintenance, training, and troubleshooting to develop discussions on voltage regulator failures/problems, testing, obsolescence, and good practices. Tuning and troubleshooting information was added based on the project teams extensive experience. Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) materials and existing training materials were used to develop the voltage regulator descriptions. This document was then reviewed by consultants and utility personnel responsible for EDG system and voltage regulator maintenance.
Results This report is one of a series of reports (each under separate cover) that provides componentspecific information for five voltage regulators. This report provides information for the Basler SR8A voltage regulator; other reports provide information for the Portec (NEI Peebles) (EPRI product number 1011108), the Basler SBSR (EPRI product number 1011110), the EMD Mag Amp (EPRI product number 1011111), and the Basler SER-CB Voltage Regulators (EPRI report number 1011218). These reports describe each voltage regulator and its functional and support circuits. Details on tuning and guidance on bench testing are provided. Failures and problems, their respective solutions, and troubleshooting information are also provided along with guidance on specific obsolescence issues and preventive maintenance. An additional report, Emergency Diesel Generator Voltage Regulator Maintenance Issues (EPRI product number 1011232), provides generic guidance applicable to all nine models of voltage regulators in service at domestic U.S. nuclear plants. A review and analysis of industry failure data is provided. EDG testing practices are discussed along with their impact on voltage regulators, including post-maintenance testing, power factor testing, and droop operation. Information on obsolescence and vendor support is provided as well as specific information relating to voltage regulator systems that are obsolete, and actions that station personnel can take to address obsolescence. The report also discusses some general industry good practices. EPRI Perspective This series of reports provides users with several tools that they can use to cost-effectively address voltage regulator maintenance. Stations can use the provided troubleshooting guides, specific problems and solutions, tuning procedures, maintenance recommendations, and postmaintenance testing guidance to improve their EDG maintenance programs. Keywords Voltage regulator Static exciter Emergency diesel generator Diesel engine Electrical maintenance
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ACKNOWLEDGMENTSVarious individuals and organizations provided substantive contributions to this report. NMAC would like to recognize the following for their contributions, reviews, and support of this document. The time and consideration of each are greatly appreciated. NMAC would especially like to recognize the technical contributions of Kevin Nichols and Robert Sawyers of ProTec, Inc., and Ted Bronson of Power Equipment Associates. Paul Banaszak David Blackwell Branko Boi Ted Bronson Alan DeGracia Clayton Erickson Harry Epstein Erban Green Rick Hermann Bill Hill Arvin Ho Jeff Keene Steve Kowalski Roger Kulavich Steve Laughlin Skip Lehman Kevin Nichols David Pederson Wayne Reynolds John Rosenberger Turkey Point Dresden Krko, Slovenija Power Equipment Associates Fitzpatrick Kewaunee IEN Engineering Diablo Canyon Columbia Generating Station Comanche Peak Exelon Pilgrim Clinton Station St. Lucie Quad Cities Consultant ProTec, Inc. Point Beach St. Lucie Surry vii
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1 INTRODUCTION ....................................................................................................................1-1 1.1 1.2 1.3 Background..................................................................................................................1-1 Contents ..........................................................................................