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14 November 1996 NDE for utilities: maintaining reliability in a competitive environment
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US utilities are facing an increasingly deregulated market place in which price competition will be featured. Correspondingly, utilities are aggressively pursuing cost reduction efforts in all phases of electric power production. Power plant operating and maintenance cost reduction efforts must be carefully managed, however, to avoid a potential reduction in operating reliability. To succeed in this effort will require new NDE techniques and decision support tools. Key attributes of such new techniques will be improved measurement speed and accuracy, reduced preparation requirements, automated data acquisition, and computer-based analysis support. Tools will be required to assist power plant personnel in making the best decisions on what, when, and how to inspect plant components to achieve overall economic objectives.
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Richard M. Tilley and Colin R. Brett "NDE for utilities: maintaining reliability in a competitive environment", Proc. SPIE 2947, Nondestructive Evaluation of Utilities and Pipelines, (14 November 1996);


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