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.
Siemens is a global organisation involved in power generation, transmission and distribution,
smart grid solutions and the efficient application of electrical energy – as well as in the areas of medical imaging and in-vitro diagnostics. Siemens employs 343,000 employees worldwide (September 2014). The Power and Gas Division offers a broad spectrum of products and solutions for environmentally-compatible and resource-saving power generation, using fossil or renewable fuels for efficient energy production and the reliable transport of oil and gas. Gas turbines are manufactured with capacities ranging from five to 400 MW. Our gas turbines offer high efficiency, reliability, and environmental sustainability, qualities that in turn deliver low lifecycle costs and make power plants highly profitable. The steam turbine portfolio of Siemens figures among the most comprehensive in the world with rated powers ranging from a few kW to 1,500 MW
Siemens designs and develops gas and steam turbines, conducts research and development into
the technologies for advancing the state of the art of these products, very often in collaboration with leading universities. The engineers involved in this process have long experience of both component mechanical integrity and the development of methods for improved design, analysis and lifetime prediction for the materials and parts used in the engines.
As a manufacturer of gas and steam turbines, the problems of increasing plant flexibility and the resulting impact on engine component cyclic life is of major importance. Consequently, Siemens will significantly contribute to the life cycle mmanagement (WP4) and, beyond, will take the role as work package leader.
Peter Martin Hughes
After Graduating in 1981 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering Dr Hughes moved into the area
of stress and lifing analysis in the power generation industry, gaining experience in gas turbines, diesel engines, nuclear reactor components, material characterization and lifing methods development. Major technology project areas undertaken include fatigue design methods and development of FE post processing tools; low cycle fatigue and creep modelling in gas turbine disc materials and DS & SX blade materials; characterisation of CMC materials behaviour; and gas turbine combustor cyclic integrity validation testing and analysis. In 1998, he was awarded a PhD in fatigue design methods. In 1990, he became Mechanical Integrity Group Leader and for four years Dr Hughes was UK leader for a multidisciplinary combustor team of up to 25 people for developments on heavy duty gas turbines. This covered combustion and CFD modelling, heat transfer, stress and lifetime prediction, design and test. His current position is Head of Mechanical Integrity and Lifing Analysis at Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Ltd in Lincoln, England. This role covers gas turbine core engine components, mechanical integrity team members and technology development.
Roland Georg Grein
Dr Grein obtained his PhD in theoretical physics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
in 2012 working on quantum transport in superconducting nanostructures and joined Siemens the same year. He has since been working in the steam turbines R&D department in Mülheim, Germany, focusing on bearing design and rotordynamics.