The FLEXTURBINE consortium is built around an industrially initiated nucleus: Core representatives of the European turbine industry have joined forces and involved leading European universities and research institutes to address the identified research and technology questions. They will cooperate to achieve the project objectives, sharing experience and know-how and developing results with complementary skills. The following figure outlines the contributions of each partner to the FLEXTURBINE topics and the impact on the future market drivers for flexible energy generation.
The consortium setup comprises all steps of the value chain and thus ensures that the technology is applied as soon as possible. The industrial design capabilities are complemented by selected high profile university departments, which are also involved in modelling activities as well as in preforming rig and component tests.
Doosan Skoda Power is a traditional European original equipment manufacturer of steam turbine technology, located in Pilsen, the Czech Republic, employing about 1,400 internal employees and generating profit about eighty million euros. Skoda turbine OEM design has been developed from year 1911 until today by Doosan Skoda Power Com-pany. Before Skoda Company started to develop OEM design in 1911, Skoda company has been producing steam turbines under a license from Rateau company [1904 – 1911]. Doosan Skoda Power has joined Doosan group, a Korean company, in 2010. Nowadays Doosan Skoda Power R&D division is also an European-based branch and centre of excellence of Doosan Global Steam Turbine R&D Centre with research and experimental facilities located in Plzeň the Czech Republic.
Doosan Škoda Power has dealt with operational flexibility and efficiency of the steam turbine many years. Its R&D team has a strong aerodynamic, mechanical and experimental engineering background as well as vast experience in numerical simulations, design and experimental testing. Its technical solutions were applied to many successful projects. Doosan Škoda Power has worked in the development of advanced retractable, abradable and brush seals for many years and has significant expertise in both numerical modelling and experimental validation. Furthermore, there is extensive experience in modelling and experimental testing of bearings. In terms of flutter, Doosan Škoda Power has vast experience in numerical modelling of unstalled flutter and also in in-field testing of stalled flutter. Doosan Škoda Power also focuses on life management tools such as residual life assessment tool for steam turbine casings.
Today, a significant amount of turbine failures origins in non-functioning seals. Beyond, improving the sealing effectiveness increases the turbine’s efficiency. Thus, the development of both seals and bearings provides great potential in means of overall efficiency improvement and increase of life time.
Lubos Prchlik, Ph.D
"Dr Prchlik is the director of turbogenerator product in Doosan Skoda Power since 2014. He was previously head of Research and Development Department in Doosan Skoda Power since 2009. He obtained his Ph.D. in materials science from the State University of New York 2002 and the M.S. in the mechanical engineering from the Czech Technical University, Faculty of Nuclear Engineering. His professional interests include surface technology, welding and structural dynamics."
Petr Mestanek, Ph.D
Mr. Mestanek has worked for Doosan Škoda Power for seven years.
He works as R&D specialist in Plzen. He completed his PhD in 2014. His background is Mechanical Engineering with emphasis on Applied Mechanics, Structural Mechanics and Fatigue. He has strong experience in FEM simulations, strength and fatigue analyses. He has been involved in last stage blade development and fatigue, creep and creep-fatigue assessment of various steam turbine components.
Mr. Misek graduated from the Czech Technical
Universities in Prague with specialization in Applied Me-chanics in 1998. In 2012 he gained his PhD in Applied Mechanics. He has been working for Doosan Škoda Power for thirteen years. He mainly participates in research projects concerning the new product design primary on moving blades. His specific expertise is the blade dynamics.
Mr. Hasnedl has worked for Doosan Skoda Power for four years,
second year as the Head of advanced seals group. The content of his job is to bring new ideas in the area of steam turbine seals, finalise and verify the concept and support the commercial applications. His background is mechanical and aerodynamic engineering and has experience with performing experiments.