With 35 years in aviation safety, this expert is an experienced aircraft accident investigator, aerospace engineer, auditor, instructor and writer with over a decade of executive-level management experience. He is also a commercial-rated pilot with multiengine instrument ratings in airplanes, seaplanes and gliders.
RTI was contacted by representatives of Mesquite Power LLC to determine the most probable cause of the failure of a single-phase generator step-up (GSU) power transformer, in a bank of four, at their Arlington, AZ power plant. Based upon RTI’s investigation the failure was caused by a rapid expansion of gas in the high voltage turret which caused damage to the high voltage lead structure.
Electric power distribution systems are well integrated into the public domain of their service areas. Accidents and equipment failures are not unexpected and may or may not involve non-utility property and/or personnel. The need has been recognized to provide utilities with the resources to conduct an enhanced root cause analysis of incidents by implementing forensic engineering investigation procedures. Utility personnel will be better prepared to respond to all distribution system incidents more effectively and to investigate them more thoroughly. The results of the
Two out of three offshore intake structures, called velocity caps, for a power plant cooling system, failed. RTI performed an underwater examination; sampling and condition survey; removal, cleaning, and inspection of the damaged members; and instrumentation of the intake structure. Included in the engineering analysis was a review of the construction method, structure design and fastener system, and an analysis of the wave loads.
A 460MW generator failed suddenly and without warning. The unit was running at full load (445MW) when a phase B to phase C fault occurred in the stator leads and the unit tripped off-line in approximately four cycles.
RTI performed a site investigation and inspection and provided a team of engineering metallurgists and electrical engineers to determine the cause of the failure.