Tube failure continues to be the leading cause of unplanned downtime in thermal power plants. Leaks occur in the tubes due to tube failures such as bending, cracking, bulging or wear. Reasons for the failures include ash, overheating, corrosion and erosion.
In November, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a new rule relating to its refrigerant management program. Should this proposal become a new rule, requirements for refrigerant leak detection will change.
Owners and operators of industrial and commercial refrigeration systems could face stringent new requirements if a current proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) becomes effective. Owners and operators in California already must satisfy new mandates thanks to new regulations already implemented by the California Air Resources Board (CARB).