PES Coatings for Main Steam Condenser Repair

Main Steam Condenser Repair

Plant Equipment and Services was recently asked to blast and coat the return water box of the main steam condenser at a power plant in central Texas. The last coating for this was 20 years ago by Plant Equipment and Services. In this type of environment, 20 years is a good life for Polymeric Engineered Solutions (PES) coatings on return water boxes. We will discuss this project and how we helped re-coat the main steam condenser for the power plant.

Main Steam Condenser Repair using PES Coatings

Main Steam Condenser Repair

First, our team had to blast and coat each water box. After 20 years, the  ladder rungs had the most damage. As a result, the plant personnel had to lay aluminum scaffold boards to stand and walk on while cleaning the tubes.

We first blasted the steel surfaces using an angular anchor pattern at 3-4 mil with NACE Standard #2 SSPC-SP10 Near-White Metal blasting level to clean the area. There were areas that had slight metal loss, which is mostly a result from cold wall blistering. Water comes in from a cooling tower with temperatures of 90-98°F. Then, it leaves to go back to the cooling tower at 115-125°F. PES 201 Ceramic Repair Paste is used to build the areas with metal loss by restoring the surface. PES 201 is an alumina ceramic filled paste grade product that is trawled into place with a plastic applicator.

Main Steam Condenser Repair

PES 201 sets up enough to accept a coating 1 to 1.5 hours at 68-70°F. Then, we applied a coat of PES 202 Ceramic Repair Fluid (dark gray) by brush and roller at 15-18 mils.

The first coating application was at 15-18 mils thick.

The first coating application was at 15-18 mils thick.

Main Steam Condenser Repair

The first coat of PES 202 (dark gray) typically takes 2 hours to become firm enough to stick. Then, we applied the second coat of light gray also at 15-18 mils.

Main Steam Condenser Repair

Finally, we applied a third coat of PES 202 brushable ceramics again at 15-18 mils.

Main Steam Condenser Repair

PES 202 Ceramic Repair Fluid is a two component solvent free epoxy metal repair fluid. This product has been designed for use on a wide range of metallic surfaces subject to abrasion and impact. The product is suitable for emergency repairs or part of a planned maintenance schedule on equipment such as worn impellers, damaged valves, eroded separator housings, damaged pump casings, eroded pipe work, propellers, bow thrusters, corroded water boxes and eroded end plates and tube sheets.

Main Steam Condenser Repair

Inside of a water box, PES 202 is suitable for water immersion up to 160 deg F (72 Celsius) and intermittent contact with steam up to 248 deg F (120 Celsius)

 

Here at PES, we design our products to offer repair and protection solutions to many industrial maintenance problems. Contact us with the link below for more information on our products!

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