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Steam Turbine Engineering


No. HW/STE/SM/8300/ Technical Circular No. X- 129

Dated: 22.06.2013

Sub: Barring gear jamming during hot tripping

Lately various sites have reported issues regarding Machine not coming on Barring Gear/
stoppage of Barring Gear during hot tripping.

Probable major reasons of Barring Gear Jamming:

I. Non-conformity of supply seal steam temperature & pressure

II. Improper Rotor lift in all the bearings
III. Less LP Gland clearances
IV. Disturbance in HP & IP Centring & Roll Check
V. Record of abrupt variation in MS & HRH steam temperature
VI. High HPT & IPT Top/Bottom temperature difference

Following actions should be controlled while coasting down of machine:

1. Avoid sudden vacuum drop

2. If vacuum drops, seal steam to be withdrawn only after 0.15 vacuum
3. Avoid sharp Seal Steam supply temp. drop
4. Ensure high temp. PRDS in service during Hot Tripping
5. Lube Oil Header Temperature to be increased to 50°C during coasting down (analyze
its effect for increase in Barrring Gear speed)

Following checks/corrections to be done in case of any Barring Gear stoppage during hot

1. Checking of LP Gland Clearances with long filler wire

2. If possible, Ensure Rotor Lift in all the bearings with proper JO header pr.

After doing the above checks/corrections, try to do hand barring of machine with ease.

In Case rotor comes under Temporary Sag:

 Machine may come on Barring Gear after coming to normal from temporary sag
i.e. shaft temp. drops below 325±25°C (250, 270, 500MW) & 250±20°C (600MW)
In case of Jamming of Barring Gear in Hot Tripping and BG could not restore even
after temporary sag gets normalized:

» Hydraulic Turning Motor (250MW with Turbine Oil for Gov. Sys.)

 Ensure proper JO header pr. (before and after opening of solenoid valve)
 Energizing of Solenoid valve for starting of Turning Motor
 Opening of solenoid vent plug
 Presence/healthiness of NRV between JO line and Lube Oil line
 Decoupling of Hydraulic Turning Motor and Overrunning clutch assembly
 Free rotation/healthiness of Hydraulic Turning Motor and Overrunning clutch

3. Ensure Rotor Lift in all the bearings with proper JO header pr.
4. HP & IP Cylinders to be moved radially in steps of 0.1mm in T/B & L/R and parallely
do the hand barring
5. HP & IP Cylinders to be moved axially in positive and negative direction and
parallely do the hand barring
6. If rotor gets free, HP & IP centering and roll check to be done for further

Dear Sir,
I have gone through the Technical circular (draft) of Barring gear jamming and I
would like to inform my concern on moving of HP-IP cylinder in hot condition (point
No.4&5 of second page).

There may be a chances of fins damage if we move the cylinders without knowing of
cylinder center position in hot condition. If we do the above activities, we may specify
the temperature of HP-IP casing clearly for moving the cylinders both radially and