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Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. (MHPS) 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. The 74IN LSB expands MHPS's lineup of steam turbines, complementing the latest 54IN LSB (1,375mm).
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. When used in a 1,200 MW class nuclear plant, the 74IN LSB turbine enables greater power generation, compared to the 54IN LSB turbine, due to its longer blade length. Also, depending on the conditions of the plant's location, the number of turbine casings can be reduced from three (54IN LSB turbine) to just two (74IN LSB turbine), enabling space savings and simpler plant designs.