Cooling towers are a critical component in many process facilities and contain several pieces of rotating machinery that contribute to their operation. Motors, gearboxes, fans and shafts require vibration monitoring to provide technicians with early warning signs of impending failures that could lead to catastrophic breakdowns.
- Peter Eitnier
- Wilcoxon Sensing Technologies
The large motors in this power plant are attached to a gear box, which is attached to a cooling fan inside the cooling tower. All components are enclosed inside a shroud, making a visual inspection difficult and costly. A knocking noise, possibly coming from inside the shroud, was detected. But was it the motor or the gear box? Watch the video to learn how the problem was analyzed without disassembling the shroud.
- Noah Bethel
- PdMA Corporation