Hydro Electric Power Plants
Periodically, all hydroelectric turbines require a major overhaul. The extent of the work required during an overhaul will depend a great deal on operating conditions such as water quality and how the unit was loaded. Our experience can be an asset to your organization for your shutdown.
Serving the western region
Trusted for All Types of Hydropower Equipment Overhauls
Comprehensive onsite and in-shop rehabilitation services for the nation’s leading OEMs and hydropower stations
As rehabilitation for the country’s hydropower infrastructure drives refurbishment of aging equipment, we at Unico Mechanical and Bender CCP are proud to be one of the leading providers of comprehensive overhaul services for valves, turbines and other critical equipment for more than four decades. With facilities that easily handle even the largest overhauls and some of the most experienced technical
specialists in the hydro industry, we offer cost-effective overhaul solutions that help keep operations running optimally.
Our customers include many of the top OEMs, hydropower stations and multi-national service companies who rely on us for:
- Machining and grinding
- Thermal spray for resurfacing
- Welding and fabrication
- Equipment overhauls
We stand behind our work offering the best warranties available in the industry on refurbished valves, turbines and other equipment.
Check each bucket carefully for cavitation damage and cracks. If possible, use die penetrant or other nondestructive test to check for cracks. Compare seal ring clearance readings with design clearances. Bender has several large vertical mills which can be utilized to inspect runouts, concentricity, and skim cut runner to repair areas as needed.
Bender manufactures wear rings up to 18 feet in diameter for replacement on Francis and Kaplan type runners. Bender CCP has access to affordable Ring Rolling mills in the United States and Mexico with a proven track record for providing high quality rough rings for both the upper and lower head cover as well as the runner.
If sealing surfaces are uneven or damaged, they should be repaired by welding and machining back to drawing dimensions. The heel and toe sides of the gate should both be measured when checking the top and bottom clearances. If journals are worn at the bushing areas as they typically are Bender CCP can thermal spray these areas with several coatings to aid in resizing them. Chroming is also an option however with current advances in thermal spray coatings the cost can be competitive as well as quicker thereby reducing the outage window.
Bender CCP has manufacturer’s representative agreements with an overseas casting plant used by Alstom power and others to cast new wicket gates. At our Los Angeles factory we can finish machine these components and prepare them for installation into the reconditioned turbine.
Check condition of facing plates looking for any galling or wear from contact with the wicket gates. If the facing plates are severely damaged, they will require replacement or resurfacing. It is advised that whenever replacing wear plates that you rough the plates in preparation of the turnaround and do not finish them to original print dimension so that some wear can be made up in this area. In addition the breakaway cap screw holes should not be cut until the old plates can be removed and used as guides for location the true coordinate position. It is likely that the prints provided by the manufacturer are manufacturing drawings and are not the exact location of actual patch bolts in the plates.
Bender CCP can aid in the inspection of these plates using coordinate mapping technology and transfer such coordinates to CAD software for drilling of patch bolt holes.
Wicket Gate Operating Linkage and Pins:
Bender CCP can assist with the dimensional inspection of these components and advise on the appropriate replacement parts and industry standard repairs. During the design phase of the project Bender CCP will make sample breakaway pins and link pins to be destructively tested to determine compliance with OEM and industry standards. This is a critical step to ensure the parts give as required to avoid damage to the turbine and creating a hazardous condition.
Wicket Gate Bushings:
Bender CCP is an authorized distributor of Oiles America lubeless wicket gate bushings. Please contact us to coordinate a presentation on the advantages of using Oiles for your turbines. It is common place to replace lubed bushings during an overhaul to reduce pollution by grease into the water supply. Many options are available these days and not all lubeless bushings are created equal so be careful in your selection. Our experience both onsite and in the shop can prevent the reordering of costly components due to dimensional problems. Remember to figure the line boring of wicket gate bores into your planning so as to avoid under sizing your replacement parts.
Packing box fabrication, shift ring sleeve fabrication, shift ring surface and bore resizing, turbine shaft machining, fusion Babbitting of guide and main bearing, thrust plates, thrust collar grinding and others. Please call to discuss our shop and field service capabilities.
Bender CCP has experience overhauling all types of valves that are used in municipal water systems and on hydroelectric projects. Rather than replacing your valves we can repair them at a fraction of the cost (typically 1/3 to 1./2) to like new condition. We recommend this approach with all valves greater than 36” in diameter. We offer the following services:
- Seat Ring Manufacturing
- Weld Overlays on Worn Areas
- Complete Turnkey Overhauls
- Field Machining of Mating Flange Faces
- Replacement Bushings
- Blasting, Coating, and Lead Abatement
- Valve Body Mating Surface Restoration
- Shaft Thermal Spray / Chroming Services
- Onsite Removal and Installation
- Shop Hydro and Mechanical Testing
- Rubber Seat Replacement
Types of Valves:
- Cone Valve
- Ball Valve
- Tube Valve
- Turbine Shutoff Valve (TSV)
- Jet Valve
- Butterfly Valve
- Check Valve
- Pressure Relief Valve (PRV)