MHPS Successfully Completes Testing of World’s Longest Class Blades for Nuclear Steam Turbines

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems has successfully performed rotational vibration testing of a 74 inch (1,880 mm) last stage rotating blade (74IN LSB), bringing the blade’s development process to completion. It is the world’s longest class blades for nuclear steam turbines. MHPS began development of the 74IN LSB blade type ahead of other manufacturers, and has already completed various verification tests, including actual steam load testing. The rotational vibration test represents the final confirmation step in the blade development process.

The rotational vibration test uses a full-scale test rotor with a 74IN LSB, operated at nominal rotational speed. This is to verify the vibratory characteristics of the blades. Testing was performed at MHPS’s high-speed balance testing facility, one of the world’s largest facilities of its kind. The test results confirmed that the 74IN LSB achieved its targeted vibratory characteristics and can be operated safely. Steam turbines using the 74IN LSB can be used at 1,200-megawatt (MW) class nuclear power plants – currently the most popular type globally – as well as larger nuclear plants exceeding 1,500 MW.

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