GCM-A 2 :: E/One Utility Systems - Environment One
Generator Condition Monitor - Air-Cooled Apparatus (GCM-A 2) Generator Condition Monitor from E/OneAdvancements in air-cooled generator designs have resulted in increasingly higher power ratings. The higher power densities place significantly greater stresses on materials and structures, making slight decreases in cooling efficiencies much more critical. Probability of overheating in these air-cooled machines becomes greater as designs are pushed closer to their critical limits. The GCM-A2 warns of an impending failure much faster than RTD’s or thermocouples. Why? Because RTD’s and thermocouples need to be physically near the hotspot, or wait until overheating progresses to the point that the temperature near the RTD or thermocouple rises sufficiently for the sensor to detect it. This results in a significantly larger “fault,” possibly a catastrophic one. The GCM-A2, on the other hand, detects the pyrolysis particles emitted into the cooling air as a result of overheating or arcing virtually anywhere in the machine.
How the GCM-A 2 Works The GCM-A2 monitors two air sample lines using a submicrometer particle detector. One line monitors ambient air, which serves as a reference. The other line is used to monitor generator cooling air, which is then compared against the particle level of the reference. High particle levels in the generator cooling air, without a corresponding increase in the ambient air, confirms the source of the pyrolysis particles is fro