From an operational availability stand point, the US Navy is interested in the short term reliability of its ship based LM2500 gas turbine engines. That is the likelihood that an engine will operate successfully through a six-month deployment (usually 1500 to 2000 operational hours). From a maintenance and cost of ownership standpoint both the short term and long term reliability are of concern. Long term reliability is a measure in time (in operating hours) between engine removals. To address these requirements US Navy Fleet support maintenance activities employ a system of tests and evaluations to determine the likelihood that an LM2500 will meet its short and long-term goals. The lowest level inspection is the pre deployment inspection, which attempts to identify primarily mechanical faults with the engine. Gas Turbine Bulletin inspections are used to determine if predefined wear out modes exists. Performance evaluations can be performed which determine the ability of the LM2500 and its control system to meet expected power requirements. Lube oil system data can be analyzed to determine if excessive leakage or excessive scavenge temperatures exist. Engine vibration characteristics can be reviewed to identify the source of both synchronous and non-synchronous vibration and determine if corrective measures need to be taken. This paper will discuss how the lowest level inspections feed the more sophisticated analysis and how these inspections and evaluations work to provide a systematic method of insuring both short and long term LM2500 reliability.

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