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Old 01-31-2018, 11:23 AM
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Louisville, KY
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Default Turbine Maintenance

Since we're deep into winter mode on the Belle, I figured I'd snap a few shots of something we don't do very often anymore--change the carbon rings on our turbine. Since getting our "new" (I still think of them as new, even though they're 20 years old) diesel gen-sets, the turbine is seldom used and considered a "stand-by" unit. As a result, this is the first replacement since the sinking (1997). These rings act as packing with a spring surrounding them to hold them against the shaft. The sets you see are on the intake side of the rotor, and there is an identical set on the exhaust side. Even though it is more work to manage it, compared to the diesels, the turbine still allows us to do what no other riverboat can anymore--run completely on steam!
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