Becht Engineering Blog

In this section of the site contributing authors submit interesting articles relating to the various services, industries and research & development efforts of Becht Engineering.

Becht's Power Engineering service line includes project services to Operating and New Plant as well as support to Combined and Simple Cycle, Coal, Nuclear and Renewable generation facilites.

Power Engineering brings together in a matrix fashion the applicable Becht service lines to focus on power generation projects. Examples of these other...

Becht's Power Engineering service line includes project services to Operating and New Plant as well as support to Combined and Simple Cycle, Coal, Nuclear and Renewable generation facilites.

Power Engineering brings together in a matrix fashion the applicable Becht service lines to focus on power generation projects. Examples of these other Becht services include Piping, NDE, Nuclear, Equipment Troubleshooting, Instrumentation & Control, Dimensional Technologies, Heavy Lift and Thermo-Hydraulic areas of the Becht company.

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How to Resolve an Engineering Manager's Typical Dilemma - “Where to Start”

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The Problem Too often, the inability to get the required work done correctly, and on-time, has been blamed on too few people, not enough of the right people, or situations that were not anticipated.  Dr. Louis T. Rader's comments, about engineering management, are still applicable to many managers today.  In 1964, he noted that: "The apparent shortages of engineering talent actually can be traced to a shortage of effective engineering management.  A poor manager wastes engineering talent.  When jobs are well planned and directed, and the work is rigidly oriented to a realistic budget, the professional dignity and capabilities of each engineer working in such an environment are markedly enhanced (Ref. 1).  It is amazing that after 55 years, this situation is still pervasive. However, good leadership is frequently attributed to the person who takes charge and takes immediate action to get the job done.  Without proper planning, this often results...
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CFD Analysis with Scale Model Verification - A Proven Cost-Effective Approach

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Contributing Authors - Dave Dewees (Becht) and Dr. Keith Kirkpatrick (McHale Performance)  Reducing HRSG & Stack Pressure Drop to Improve Profitability Many operating Simple and Combined Cycle HRSG (Heat Recovery Steam Generator) ducts and stack exhaust system designs can be optimized to reduce pressure drop, improve combustion turbine backpressure, improve performance and increase revenue.  CFD analysis with Scale Model Verification is a proven and cost-effective tool for quantifying recoverable performance loss and improving generation plant profitability. Combustion Turbine exhaust/HRSG/SCR ductwork, breeching and stack systems require careful attention during detailed engineering and design. While EPC Contracts typically include both performance guarantees and liquidated damage provisions which are highly dependent on Combustion Turbine backpressure, the design of this critical stack system is many times “farmed out” to 3 rd party stack, HRSG or other less qualified suppliers. This practice can result in an un-optimized design with higher than necessary pressure drop resulting in reduced...
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