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  The crucial concern of power/process plant managements, the world over, is the cost of reliable operation of plants. Setting up of new plants is prohibitively expensive due to stringent environmental and safety concerns, uncertainties of financial return and extended lead times for new plants. The factors cited above have driven the managements to undertake technical assessment of their plants and equipment to prolong their operation. Thus operation of plants and equipment till the end of their useful, rather than design life, is the ‘Mantra’ being adopted.
Diagnostic Testing of 200 MVA Transformer in a 400 kV Switchyard
On-line Condition Monitoring of Lightning Arrester
Transformer Assembly Inspection
Power/Process Plant and Industrial Equipment Monitored
  The major equipment that need to be monitored on continuous basis in a power / process plant are Generator, Turbine and its auxiliaries, Boiler and its auxiliaries, Transformers, Switchgear, Pumps, Fans, Cables, Motors, Lightning Arresters etc.
Expertise, Facilities and Techniques
  ERDA’s expertise in this important activity centers around its qualified and experienced technical and scientific manpower and laboratory facilities such as Materials Testing, High Voltage and Low Voltage Electrical Equipment Testing, Energy Management, Power Electronics etc. The major techniques employed include In-situ Metallography (Replica Test), In-situ Hardness, Fibroscopy, Boroscopy, NDT (including UT, MPT & DPT), Steam Side Oxide Scale Measurements, Videoscopy, In-situ Chemical Analysis, Thermography, Eddy Current Testing, Vibration –, Noise - & Sound - Intensity Analyses/ Measurements, SPM Analysis Thermography, Partial Discharge Measurement on Transformers and CTs by Acoustic Emission Method, C & Tan Delta Measurement using C & Tan Delta Bridge, Partial Discharge Measurement on Rotating Machines by PD Detector, Sweep Frequency Response Analysis (SFRA) for Transformers, Electromagnetic core imperfection Detection (ELCID) test for interlamination, faults Insulation Failures in Motors and Generators, Motors Current Signature Analysis (MCSA) and Motor Circuit Analysis (MCA), Dielectric Response Analysis (DRA), Power System Modeling etc. ERDA has been recognized by the Central Boilers Board as “Well Known Remnant Life Assessment Organization” under Indian Boiler Act, 1950. The recognition authorizes ERDA to undertake independent NDT & RLA of Industrial boilers, all over the country. Details of capabilities existing at ERDA in the area of field technical services are presented in following sections
Major Electrical Techniques For Condition Monitoring
  Condition based Monitoring can be classified into two categories:
  • On Line – Continuous Periodic
  • Off Line - M/c Assembled M/c Disassembled

Online condition monitoring is possible during running condition of equipment and it detects problems in their early stage so that rectification can be undertaken before severe fault. Off-line monitoring requires shut down which consumes time. It is recommended to carry out both on-line and off-line condition monitoring for finding the exact condition of equipment.

There are various techniques for different types of equipment and their components which can give precise information about their condition /health.

EL CID (Electromagnetic Core Imperfection Detection)
  EL CID test is mainly for inter laminar insulation failure of Core of Motors and Generators. It has a sensor which senses the leakage current of core (named Chattok Coil). A current flows locally in the core caused by shorted laminations. This current can produce dangerous local overheating or hot spots. In extreme cases sufficient heat is generated to melt small parts of the core and can fail the adjacent winding insulation.

The EL CID equipment tests a core for faults by exciting the core using a toroidal winding to produce a ring flux up to 4% of its normal working level of excitation. A sensing head is then passed over the surface of the core to detect magnetically the presence of fault currents.

Partial Discharge Measurement
  Partial discharge is a phenomenon of local discharges in an insulation system, it may damage the insulation system, and it develops with respect to time.
PD Survey of Switchgears, Cables & Yard Equipment
PD survey is a very useful tool to detect severity level of the PD at very early stage & in very short time. It uses inbuilt TEV & Airborne acoustic sensors and external HFCT & Acoustic probe for detection. Following can be surveyed:

  • HV switchgear equipment
  • HT Cables & Termination
  • HV Switchyard Equipment.
ON-LINE/OFF-LINE Partial Discharge (PD) Testing of HV Equipment

This technique involves the measurement of discharges due to voids or impurities in insulation medium of HT machines. Discharge mainly occurs in aged machines or machines having poor insulation system, or having unequal potential distribution over its insulation system. This analysis gives information about condition of existing insulation system. It uses Coupling Capacitor, HFCT (High Frequency CT), & TEV (Transient Earth Voltage) Sensors for measurement. It uses software for bifurcating Internal PD, Switchgear PD and Noise.

Electrical/Current Signature Analysis
This technique is applied by measuring voltages and current of the equipment and analysing them to detect the fault within the machine. The following is indicated by the Electrical Signature Analysis.

This technique can be applied online on AC/DC Motors & Alternators and gives following information.

  • Rotor bar & stator deterioration & severity level.
  • Rotor-Stator eccentricity characteristics.
  • Motor speed and slip
  • Average running Current- an indicator of motor torque.
  • Power factor.
  • Misalignment, mechanical unbalance.
  • Bearing Degradation
  • Current/Voltage Variations.
Sweep Frequency Response Analysis (SFRA)

Sweep Frequency Response Analysis is a condition monitoring tool mainly to detect the mechanical integrity of transformers. Transformers are subjected to large electromechanical forces resulting from fault currents, which causes the core deformation and winding movement.
During transportation and relocation, transformers are subjected to impact which also causes winding movements. These faults if not detected will manifest into dielectric or thermal faults within the transformer.

This technique gives information about mechanical integrity of transformers such as winding movements, interturn short circuit, hoop buckling, axial shift, Core damage.

Dielectric Response Analysis
Dielectric response analysis is a very powerful tool for diagnosis & problems of insulation system of machines. This technique is Combination of the Polarization and Depolarization Current method (PDC) in time domain and Frequency Domain Spectroscopy (FDS) in a wide frequency range. The final result is the combine result of both in FDS form.
  • Analysis of water content in oil-paper insulations of Power and Instrument transformers.
  • Diagnosis of Oil Impregnated Paper, Resin Bonded Paper and Resin Impregnated Paper HV bushings
  • Diagnosis of generator and motor insulation
  • Diagnosis of cable insulation
Motor Circuit Analysis
Low voltage Motor Circuit Analysis (MCA) techniques involve the collection and analysis of resistance, impedance, inductance, phase angle, current/frequency response and insulation to ground faults. Output voltage of the test instruments are less than 9 Vac, sinusoidal output. The resulting low level alternating magnetic fields excite the dielectric dipoles and surrounding magnetic steel dipoles, in both the stator and rotor. Winding defects, including developing shorts, cause changes to the dielectric and resulting dipolar ‘spin,’ which changes the capacitance of the winding circuit at the point of defect. The resulting change affects the phase angle and current/frequency response in the corresponding phase, causing a difference when comparing phase, or coil grouping, to phase. As the defect progresses, the changes to the insulation system continue, allowing trending of the defect over time.

This technique gives information about stator, rotor winding health, and contamination in the windings.

Acoustic Emission Analysis

This technique is applied by measuring the Acoustic Emission signals from bearings and gear boxes. This is ideal for Bearing, Gears, Motors, Fans, Pumps, Alternators, Variable Speed Machines etc. This technique gives information about mechanical degradation inside bearings, gear boxes, misalignment etc. It measures distress and noise of bearings. Distress is summation of the clicks, crunches, whistles and groans which are generated by defective rotating machinery.

Insitu Vibration Analysis
This technique is involves measurement of vibration signals of Rotating machinery on both driving and non driving end.

Excessive vibrations in operating electrical, mechanical & chemical process equipment in general and rotating machinery such as motors, pumps, flows, mills, fans etc., in particular, indicate potential equipment faults. In rotating machinery. These faults may include rotor unbalance, defects in bearings (ball roller, inner & outer races, cage faults, etc.), crack / bent shaft, eccentricity, misalignment, phase faults, cracked rotor bars, air gap faults, stator winding faults, shorted laminations, variable reluctance in the magnetic circuit, etc.
Such faults can be detected using insitu vibration analysis.


Other Conventional Techniques
C & Tan Delta Measurement

The tan d measurement is one of the most important & powerful non destructive off line method to monitor the condition of solid / liquid insulation of various High Voltage equipment. Theoretically an ideal capacitive current Ic leads the voltage in phase by 90°. A high tan d will result in thermal breakdown of the insulation at a lower voltage. If the dielectric loss increases with the increase in voltage, it indicates voids & PD phenomena in the insulation.

 Acoustic PD of Transformers

This technique sense the acoustic energy dissipated from PD source inside the transformer. It can detect the 3D location of PD source inside the Transformer by mean of distributed sensors and calculate time of flight of acoustic signals.

Insulation Resistance & Polarization Index

IR & PI measurements are useful indicators of the presence of contamination and moisture on the exposed insulation surfaces of a winding. They are performed to verify the overall cleanliness, dryness, localized defects and general condition of insulation systems.

Transformer Oil Tests

The following tests are conducted for transformer oil:

Dissolved Gas Analysis, Furan Analysis, Electric Strength (BDV), Water Content, Inter Facial Tension at 27°C, Dielectric Dissipation Factor, (Tan delta) at 90°C, Neutralization Value, Flash Point, Sludge and Specific Resistance (Resistivity) at 90°C and Paper DP Test on Transformer Insulation Paper.

Experience Base
  • Motors : Off line & On line (> 1000 jobs)
  • Generators : Off line & On line (> 75 jobs)
  • Power Transformers : Off line & On line (> 350 jobs)
Failure Analysis
- Providing root-cause analysis services for more than three decades to power plants, Utilities, SEBs, Public Sector Utilities, Private Power Utilities, Captive Power Plants and OEMs
- Helps to know the cause of failure as well as determination of remedial measures to avoid similar failures in future.
- Helps to improve upon the systems / equipment / components for better performance in all respect.
Major Root Cause Analysis Studies Conducted:
- Suction casing shroud of the cooling water pump
- Turbine bearing and coupling
- Steam turbine rotor blade
- Wagon tippler shaft of thermal power plant
- Tension Clamp of 400 kV transmission line
- Hollow water cooled copper conductor of stator winding of a generator
- Bolt of condenser cooling water pump
- Rotor of an alternator
- Shaft of a motor for Air-Preheater of thermal power plant
- Governor shaft of turbo-generator
- Elbow of main steam pipe line of boiler
- Piston of a 2 MVA DG-Set
- Pipe & pipe fittings of feed water line of thermal power plant
- Expansion bellows of lignite pulverizing pipe line
- Condenser tubes of thermal power plant
- Vertical shaft of bowl-mill of coal mill 
- Boiler tubes – Super-heater, Reheater, Economizer, Water-wall tubes etc.
- Hydro-turbine runner blade
- Connecting Rod of DG-Set
- Transfer line of a fertilizer plant
- Discharge cooler tubes for compressor of Ammonia plant
- Gland housing & Hastelloy tubes of fertilizer plant
- Transmission shaft of drilling Rig
- Stainless steel shell of reactor of process industry
- Gear of Planetary Gear Box of a process industry
- Evaporator tube of chemical process plant
- Bearing of a product discharged pump of chemical process plant
- Heat-exchanger tube of Urea plant & Ammonia plant
- Shafts of booster pump of boiler feed water
- Ball pins and metal cap of disc insulator
- Copper contact wire used on 25 kV OHE
- Brass spring guide in heavy current breaker
- Screw of plastic processing extruder
- Traction motor shaft
- Tungsten carbide tip of a cutting tool
- Feed screw of plastic processing machine
- Rusted steel plates of transformer radiator
- Tinned copper conductor of a cable
- Radiant coil of process gas heater
- Rack Pinion (Gear) of a mining equipment
- Current Transformer
- Motor Bearing
- Distribution Transformer
- Overhead Conductor
Boiler tube failure due to creep
Air-heater shaft due to fatigue
Overhead Conductor
Current Transformer
Distribution Transformer
Images of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) for root-cause analysis
Turbine Blade – Meshed model
Piping analysis for stress distribution

Air-Compressor Blade of Gas Turbine showing stress state

Transformer Core - Finite Element Analysis showing Electric and Magetic fields
    Material Evaluation Facilities available for Root Cause Analysis:

S. No.

Name of Equipment

Use & Capability of Equipment

1 Optical microscopes - Portable In-situ metallography
2 Optical microscopes – Lab. model Metallography
3 Stereo-zoom microscope Fractography at Low magnification
4 Scanning Electron Microscope Fractography at High magnification
5 EDS Analysis (Attachment with SEM) Elemental Analysis of fracture surface
6 X-Ray Diffractometer Identification of chemical compounds
7 Optical Emission Spectrometer (OES) Chemical composition analysis
8 Ultra-Violet Spectrophotometer (UVS) Analysis of trace elements
9 Universal Testing Machines – Up to 40 T Mechanical testing
10 Micro hardness testing machine Load applied – 1 g to 1000 g
11 Ultrasonic flaw detector Ultrasonic testing of metals and alloys
12 Ultrasonic Thickness meter Thickness measurement
13 Magnetic Particle Tester Surface flaw detection
14 Portable Hardness Tester In-situ Hardness measurement
15 Fibre scope Visual Inspection of Internal Surfaces
16 Boroscope with TFT LCD Monitor Visual Inspection of Internal Surfaces
17 Eddy-current tester Crack detection


Optical Microscope for Metallography
Stereo Microscope for Fractography
Scanning Electron Microscope
X-ray Diffractometer
Universal Testing Machine
Universal Testing Machines
Residual life Assessment (RLA)
  1. Major Mechanical Tests for Condition Monitoring & Residual Life Assessment of Equipment & Machinery in Power & Process Plants
  The major mechanical tests for condition monitoring & residual life assessment of equipment and machinery in power & process plants are as below:
  • Visual Inspection (VI)
  • Dimensional Measurement (DIM)
  • Dye Penetrant Testing (DPT)
  • Magnetic Particle Inspection (MPI)
  • Ultrasonic Flaw Detection (UT-F)
  • Ultrasonic Thickness Measurement (UT-T)
  • Ultrasonic Hydrogen Embitterment (UT-H)
  • Radiography (RT)
  • Eddy Current Testing (ECT)
  • In-Situ Metallography (RPL)
  • Hardness Measurement (HT)
  • Remote Visual Inspection by Fibroscopy,Boroscopy and Videoscopy (RVI-F)/(RVI-B)/(RVI-VS)
  • In-situ Chemical Analysis (CA)
  • Natural Frequency Test for Turbine Blades (NFT)
  • Noise & Sound Analysis (NSA)*
  • The rmography*

*Tests conducted on operational plant equipment only
Brief description of some of these tests is presented below:

Visual Examination (VE)

Visual examination is the simples and one of the most powerful techniques for assessing the condition of plant equipment. All components are visually examined before and after cleaning the surface by using aids such as illuminated magnifying glass, mirror, and if needed by portable optical microscope for detecting abnormalities such as misalignment, bow, sagging, ovality, deformation, breakage, cracking, porosity, abrasion, erosion, pitting, etc..

Dimensional Measurements (DIM)

Dimensional measurements are essentially used to quantity changes in the present geometrical configuration of a component with its original reference design dimensions. As an example, outside diameter measurements are generally employed to determine swelling (bulging) due to creep. Thickness measurements, at critical locations, such as bends give accurate indication of thickness loss due to erosion and corrosion.

For dimensional measurements, the surface is first thoroughly cleaned by removing scale and corrosion products using appropriate tools such as wire brush, hand grinder, cotton cloth, etc. Subsequently, outside diameter measurements are made using digital vernier calipers, measure tapes, bow gauges, etc; while for thickness measurements, ultrasonic thickness meters are required.

Dye-Penetrant Examination (DPT)

Dye-penetrant examination using coloured dye is used for detection of surface cracks/ porosity / discontinuities. The components subjected to high stress and temperature are examined after thorough cleaning, by the dye-penetrant test. Extreme care is taken during surface preparation to avoid pre-mature closing of surface defects.

Magnetic Particles Inspection (MPI)

Magnetic particle inspection using wet fluorescent dye is employed for detection of surface and sub-surface defects. The examination is conducted using the continuous method i.e. the magnetizing field remains on while fluorescent iron powder particles are sprayed. The sprayed areas are examined visually and under ultra-violet light of appropriate intensity. Magnetization is done in at least two perpendicular directions to ensure high probability of crack detection. All relevant indications are recorded by identifying their location, nature, and size on a sketch and/or by a colored photograph.

All weld joints are examined by MPI to check for presence of surface and sub-surface defects. On completion of a given test, residual magnetism remaining in the component is removed by de-magnetization.

Ultra-Sonic Shear Wave Examination (UT-S)

Ultrasonic Examination method is employed for detection of surface cracks, loose bonding, volume cracking and any other kind of defect to ensure internal soundness of the component. The examination is usually carried out on header butt joints, drum-weld joints, as well as on other joints deemed critical.

The ultrasonic test equipment is properly calibrated prior to use. The resolution & sensitivity level of the equipment is set to record the presence of the smallest possible defect size. It is to be noted that a typical advanced ultrasonic instrument (of the kind used by ERDA) has adequate sensitivity to detect even fine multi-branched cracks resulting as a consequence of stress corrosion cracking.

In-Situ Metallographic Replication (RPL)

Metallographic examination by portable optical microscope and by surface replication technique is carried out to assess the micro-structural state of the plant component.

The replication technique is used at selected locations on the components to reproduce accurately metallographic features such as distribution, size, and morphology of the carbide precipitates as well as micro-cracks typical in case of stress corrosion and Hydrogen embrittlement.

The locations selected for examination are properly polished with a portable grinder and etched with suitable chemicals for examination under a portable microscope. The reverse image replicas of the metal surface are taken on a plastic replicating film for detailed laboratory examination under an optical microscope. The quality of the replicas is checked at site by a portable optical microscope before bringing these to the laboratory, for further analysis.

Hardness Measurement (HB)

In-situ hardness testing is carried out on all components operating at high stress to determine the extent of micro-structural degradation. The locations for hardness measurements are selected based on results of various other tests including visual examination. The measurements are taken using a Portable Hardness Tester. Before using this device, its accuracy and reproducibility is checked using pre-calibrated standard test blocks.

Remote Visual Inspection (RVI)

Fibroscopy / Boroscopy / Videoscopy are optical visual examination techniques used for examining & recording visual/video images of internal condition of various components of boiler, turbine & auxiliaries such as headers, tubing, piping, rotor bores, etc., for determining the presence of internal defects such as internal cracks, corrosion and erosion, oxidation, deposits, pitting, blockages, choking, as well as presence of foreign objects such as left over welding consumables, steel pieces, cuttings, spattering, welding slag, refractory and insulating materials, etc. Fibroscopy, boroscopy, and videoscopy is carried out up to a length of eight meter inside each accessible component. Fig. 3 shows typical images obtained from fibroscopic and boroscopic examination of headers and heat exchangers. The image can be recorded using freeze frame digital photography or a continuous video record can be made.

Eddy Current Testing (ECT)

The eddy current flaw detection technique is based on the principle that a time varying magnetic field induces a circulating current in the near surface regions of metallic/conducting material, when a probe in the form of a coil carrying a time varying current is brought near a conducting surface to be examined. The mutual inductance of the scanning coil - surface being examined changes in the presence of surface and sub-surface flaws. This translates into a change in the scanning coil impedance, based on which the presence of flaws can be detected.

In-Situ Chemical Analysis (CA)

Insitu chemical analysis is usually conducted on turbine components. However, insitu chemical analysis is also widely used for identifying & verifying pressure part chemistries in steam generators using advanced materials. Before the analysis, a wire brush and grinder are used to thoroughly clean the surface. A portable state of art instrument operating on the principle of spark emission /XRF spectroscopy is used for conducting this analysis.

Natural Frequency Test (NFT)

The vibration energy associated with an engineering structure undergoing dynamical excitation under time varying externally applied forces is primarily concentrated at the characteristic frequencies (eigen-values) of the structure. Since concentration of excessive vibration energy can lead to excessive vibrational amplitudes with accompanying large time varying stresses, the vibrating structure becomes prone to failure by the process of fatigue. In a turbine, the components most prone to failure by this mechanism are the rotor blades. Among the various turbine stages, the blading associated with the low pressure stages - especially the last couple of stages – are the most prone to excessive vibrations excited by the various disturbing forces encountered in a turbine. It is thus important that the fundamental vibration frequencies of the low-pressure blading be accurately determined using a suitable technique.

The technique used to determine the natural frequencies of blading involves exciting of blade packets by hammering (to simulate an impulse load) with an instrumented tuned hammer and the resulting vibrations, as picked up by an accelerometer, are recorded using a digital storage oscilloscope and subsequently converted into a frequency domain transfer function record of the original signal using a Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) algorithm. The natural frequencies of the first three vibrational modes are subsequently extracted from this transfer function record.


Viewing Directions of angle of view on the image obtained by fibroscopic / boroscopic examination
Bolt lying inside header
Oxide scale inside main steam pipe
General view of heat exchanger
Broken tube found in heat exchanger

Fibroscopic & Boroscopic Images of Headers and Heat Exchangers

In-situ Oxide Scale Measurement

In-situ oxide scale measurement is extensively used for determining residual life of high-pressure, elevated temperature, components. For measurement of oxide scale thickness in a high temperature tube, a portable ultrasonic flaw detector with special high resolution, high frequency, small diameter probes are used.


Thermal imaging is a non-contact type technology that makes use of the infrared spectral band to determine the surface temperature from a safe distance. These images make it quick & easy to check surface temperature and identify hot-spots. These hot-spots (or rise in temperature) often indicate impending failure which can be averted using thermography. Using thermal imaging, unplanned production downtime can be minimized, resulting in better productivity. Thermographic survey is a fast and cost-effective on-line technique which causes no disruption in the running of the plant. Faulty fuses, weak insulations, loose connections and bad joints, obstructed cooling and overloaded circuits are sometimes not visible to the human eye and are often overlooked during routine visual inspection. Without the use of thermography, many of these problems go unnoticed until disaster strikes.

Noise Level Measurement

The harmful effect of excessive noise is well recognized. The amount of noise depends on the type of machine installed, its operational mode and also the way power is applied & transmitted. This test determines sound power lever or sound pressure level for airborne noise emitted by rotating or static electrical machines such as transformers, induction motors, process reactors etc.

Based on measurement of sound power and sound pressure and comparing with reference measurements, indications of potential equipment problem can be identified and pin-pointed.

  2. RLA and Condition Assessment Services offered by ERDA

NDT Services
  • Visual Examination
  • Dimensional Measurement
  • Liquid Penetrant Testing
  • Magnetic Particle Inspection –Yoke
  • Magnetic Particle Inspection –Coil
  • Magnetic Particle Inspection –Prod
  • Magnetic Field Measurement
  • Ultrasonic Normal Wave for Flaw Detection
  • Ultrasonic Thickness Measurement
  • Ultrasonic Hydrogen Embrittlement
  • Ultrasonic Shear Wave for Flaw Detection
  • Radiographic Inspection
  • Eddy Current Testing
  • In-Situ Metallography
  • In-Situ Hardness Measurement
  • In-Situ Hardness Measurement
  • In-Situ Oxide Scale Measurement
  • Remote Visual Inspection By Fibroscopy
  • Remote Visual Inspection By Boroscopy
  • Remote Visual Inspection By Videoscopy
  • Natural Frequency Test
Mechanical Condition Monitoring
  • Thermography
  • Acoustic Emission Analysis (AE)
  • Vibration Measurement and Analysis
  • Noise / Sound Measurement
  • Shock Pulse Measurement (SPM)
  • Ferrography Analysis
Typical thermograph
Noise meter
Vibration analyser
Wear particle analysis
Laboratory Testing (included in RLA Scope) Services
  • Dimensional Measurement
  • Tensile Testing Including UTS,YS & % Elongation
  • Microstructure Examination
  • Hardness Measurement
  • Chemical Analysis
  • Flattening Test
  • Flaring Test
  • Hydrogen Embrittlement
  • Weight Loss Analysis
  • Deposit Analysis
  • SEM (Scanning Electron Microscopy)
  • EDAX (Energy Dispersive X-Ray Analysis)
  • XRD (X-Ray Diffraction)
Tensile Testing Machine
Microstructure of Low Alloy Steel
X-ray Diffractometer
XRD image
EDS Spectrum of Deposit
SEM Image
SEM with Electron Dispersive Spectrometer
  NDT & RLA Services for Hydro Power Plant Components
  • Turbine Shaft
  • Shaft Coupling Bolts
  • Runner Blade
  • Guide Vanes
  • Thrust Bearing Pads
  • Lower Guide Bearing Pads
  • Penstock Gate Shaft
  Condition of  Francis runner
  • Stator Winding
  • Rotor Field Winding
  • Core
NDT tests in progress in stator
of hydro generator
Overview  of stator of hydro generator
Inspection of guide vanes
  NDT/ RLA Services For Steam Turbines
  • Casing
  • Glands
  • Diaphragm & Stationary Blades
  • Nozzle Box
  • Steam Admission / Balancing Pipe
  • Cross Over Pipe & Bellows of LPT Assembly
  • Parting Plane Studs
Turbine Rotor
Close-up of damaged diaphragm
Boroscopy of Heat Exchanger
Open Turbine
Eddy current test
Overview of steam piping
Dimensional Measurement
NDT testing on parting plane
  • Journal & Shaft Surface
  • Blades
  • Fir-Tree Blade Grooves of LP Rotor
  • Coupling Bolts
  • LP/ HP/ IP Bearings
  • Thrust Bearings
  • Barring/Turning Gear
  • HP / IP / LP / By Pass
  • By Pass Water Injection Control Valve
  • Main Steam Piping
  • Hot Reheat Piping
  • Cold Reheat Piping
  • Condenser Tubes
  • Supports & Baffles
  • Cold Reheat Piping
NDT & RLA Services for Boiler Components
(Approved by Central Boiler Board as well known Remnant Life Assessment Organization, under Indian Boiler Act 1950)
A collage of photographic records of visual inspection of steam generator
  • Feed Water Piping
  • Economizer Headers
  • Economizer Coils
  • Boiler Drum
  • Down Comers
  • Water Wall Headers
  • Furnace Water Wall Panels
  • Super Heater Headers
  • Platen SH Headers
  • Final SH Headers
  • LTSH Coils
  • Platen SH Panels
  • Final SH Coils
  • Attemperator & Link Pipe
  • PRDS
  • Cold Reheat Headers
  • Hot Reheat Headers
  • Reheater SH Coils
  • Main Steam Piping
  • Cold Reheat Piping
  • Hot Reheat Piping
Support Structure & Ceiling Girders
Magnetic  Particle Test on Support  Springs of Condenser Unit of Power Plant
Broscopy of Turbine Rotor Shaft
Main Steam Pipe Failure of Process Plant
Energy Management

The Energy Management Section (EMS) of ERDA was established in the year 1995 with the objective of providing energy conservation services to the Nation. The energy audit studies undertaken by the EMS have covered Industries, Power Generation Utilities (GENCOs), Power Distribution Utilities (DISCOMs), Commercial Complexes, Hospitals, Dairies, Municipal Corporations, etc. EMS has carried out more than 250 energy audits until now and the benefits realized by our esteemed clients by implementing our recommendations are quite handsome. Over the years, EMS has specialized in energy conservation related to conventional fuels such as coal, oil & gas. These conventional fuels are limited and will be exhausted shortly and thus the need arises to reduce their consumption by efficient utilization. The supply and demand gap of electric power is increasing every year and is expected to increase even further due to the huge cost required in setting up of Thermal Power Stations as well as the associated environmental pollution.

Energy conservation is an optimal operational practice, which improves the efficiency of the equipment associated with both supply side and demand side i.e. at the user end. Since the industries account for a greater share of power consumption, energy conservation programs will benefit them by reducing their Specific Power Consumption and making them more competitive in the market. ‘Negawatt’ (a negative ‘Megawatt’), a term coined by the renowned energy analyst Amory Lovins, highlights the fact that a Negawatt produced by reducing energy need saves more than a Megawatt generated. Energy audits lead to the generation of “NEGAWATTS” and thus result in virtual augmentations to the installed power generation capacity of the Nation!


Energy Audit is the basic tool of energy conservation and is defined as a systematic exercise to identify the end-uses that consume significant amount of energy, estimate the efficiency in each of these end uses and devise methods for improving efficiency and thus curbing losses and wasting energy.

A walk-through audit at the client’s place is undertaken to study the manufacturing process, the type of equipment available, their operating strategy and potential areas of energy conservation. The detailed list of equipment is collected along with the electricity bill for the two previous months for working out a detailed quotation for the energy audit to be conducted at the client’s premises.

EMS is having all sophisticated portable non-invasive instruments and highly skilled & experienced staff for conducting measurements at site. The energy audit report is prepared on the basis of these measurements and includes the saving potential, investment required and the payback period for investments made. Due emphasis is also given to “No Cost” measures that include good housekeeping practices, minor changes in the operation practices, etc. No cost saving potential of 11% to 100% was realized during the course of energy audit programs in addition to other energy conservation measures with payback period ranging from few days to 2 years

Core Areas of Activity
  • Energy audit study
  • Energy conservation measures
  • Seminars, workshops and in-house training programs on energy audit
  • Certification of energy efficient equipment
  • Research and development in the area of renewable energy
Core Areas of Activity
  • More than 250 comprehensive energy audits have been successfully completed.
  • The list of auditees includes Navaratna companies such as ONGC, GAIL, NTPC, etc.
  • Other prestigious clients include IPCL, ESSAR Steel, General Motors, KRIBHCO, Heavy Water Plants of DAE, GNFC, GSFC, etc.
  • Successfully completed the energy audit for both process and equipment at Tata Steel, Jamshedpur, and Jindal Steel & Power, Raigard
  • Power Generating Units of utilities such as National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd., (NPCIL), Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Ltd., (GSECL) Maharashtra State Power Generation Co. Ltd., M.P. Power Generating Co. Ltd., Torrent Power etc.
  • Unique distinction of having completed energy audit of 129 Generating Units of 59 Power Plants Including 77 Coal based Thermal Units, 3 Lignite based Units, 13 Gas based Units, 27 Hydro Units, & 9 Nuclear Generating Stations. Saving potential of up to 64% and 43% were identified for electrical and thermal energy, respectively.
  • Annual recurring savings to the tune of Rs. 163 crores have been reported as achieved by the audited industries and utilities.
  • The identified saving potential is equivalent to 49 MW per year
Major Recognitions

EMS, ERDA is recognized as authorized energy auditor by Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), New Delhi (under Energy Conservation Act-2001), Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA), Gujarat Energy Development Agency (GEDA), Maharashtra Energy Development Agency (MEDA), Energy Management Centre (EMC)-Kerala, Chhattisgarh State Renewable Energy Development Agency (CREDA), Commissioner of Electricity, Gujarat for Statutory Energy Audits in Gujarat State.

Honors & Awards received by Energy Audit Group
  • Best Improvement in Performance Award from PCRA consecutively for 3 years.
  • Best Energy Auditor Award from PCRA consecutively for 2 years.
  • MEDA Award for the years 2004 & 2005
Power System Studies

Power system operations have already become complex due to many factors. Expansion and interconnection of individual systems to improve reliability has added this complexity. The operation of a network economically without jeopardising the security is the FOCUS of system operating engineers. Availability of a large number of computer softwares can assist power engineers in handling the complexities of the power systems.

ERDA’s Enhanced Capabilities in Power System Studies

ERDA has capabilities for solving Power System problems by utilizing Sophisticated Computer Software in the areas of Load Flow, Short Circuit, Relay Coordination, Transient Stability, Dynamic Stability, Voltage Instability, Power Evacuation Studies, Islanding Strategy, Failure analysis study, Harmonic Content Analysis etc. ERDA has MI-POWER and in-house developed POWERTRACK software for this purpose.

Inspection Services for RGGVY, HVDS, Feeder Separation Works

ERDA is engaged by many utilities for carrying out independent quality checks. ERDA regularly deputes large teams of skilled engineers to visit site to carry out third party inspection, supervision and monitoring as per the REC norms. ERDA also conducts field studies which include, consumer indexing, asset codification using GPS instruments, designing of HVDS systems, preparation of BOM/BOQ for feeders as so on.

Energy Audit / Consultancy Services

ERDA undertakes Energy Audit projects in full and part for distribution systems to investigate the losses in the distribution system (both technical and commercial) so as to identify the loss pockets. ERDA also gives system improvement suggestions through feeder reconfiguration, feeder bifurcation, reconductoring the network etc with payback period.

ERDA is one of the consultants for a massive programme of up gradation of Sub-Transmission and Distribution system and reduction of Aggregate Technical & Commercial losses launched by the Govt. of India under the Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Program (R-APDRP).

Testing & Evaluation of Electrical Materials & Products

ERDA laboratories are fully equipped with sophisticated testing instruments and qualified and trained personnel to provide a wide range of testing and Evaluation Services as per National, International, Institutional and Client specifications. These services are available for developmental -, type - and certification - testing of materials and products.

  • 50 kA & 120 kA On-line Short Circuit Test Laboratories for Switchgear and Distribution Transformers
  • High Voltage Impulse Testing Facility
  • 40 ton IP (Ingress Protection) testing
  • EMI/EMC Testing
  • LOCA (Loss of Coolant Accident) Qualification Testing
  • Seismic, Vibration & Shock Testing
  • RIV corona measurement upto 600 kV
  • Calibration of EHV Measuring System at Site
Materials / Products

Insulating Materials, Conducting & Contact Materials, Magnetic Materials, Structural Materials, Composites, Ceramics, Coatings, Elastomers, Polymeric Materials and T&D Hardware. Electrical Products like HT/LT Capacitors, LT/HT Cables, Domestic Electrical Appliances and Wiring Installation, Lamps & Luminaires, Rotating Electrical Machines, Pumps, Switchgear and Controlgear Products, Transformers, CTs, PTs, Reactors, Energy Meters, Diesel Engines, etc.

Our Clients

ERDA is providing these services to State Electricity Boards and other Utilities including MGVCL, DVVNL, MVVNL, MPMKVVCL, MPPKVVCL, DHBVN, MESCOM, BESCOM, APCPDCL etc. Regulatory Agencies including GERC, CSERC, MPERC, Private and Public Sectors including NTPC, PGCIL, IOCL, GAIL, GNFC, GSECL, GETCO, ABB, Areva, Alstom, EMCO, Voltamp, Crompton Greaves, Siemens, L&T, Reliance, Bharat Bijlee, Kirloskar, GSFC, GIPCL, NPCIL (RAPS, TAPS MAPS, NAPS & KAPS), SKF, FAG, HINDALCO, ISPAT Industries, Essar Steel, Essar Power, ULTRATECH Cement, various OEMs etc.

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