Safe and cost efficient operation is achieved by good management of component life. Whether it is power generation, defence or any engineering structure, understanding and maintaining the lifetime of components and materials is vital to ensure the most effective processes.
Significant investments have been made in the energy industry to achieve Plant Lifetime Extension (PLEX). Plant, system and infrastructure lifetime plans and forward projection are crucial for stakeholders to assess investment plans.
The required extensive inspection of components is often difficult due to access issues, safety concerns or is subject high associated costs. Component life assessment (CLA) is a process that provides an alternative means of predicting current component damage and projecting component life via theoretical life assessment based on real plant data.