This 4.5 day course is designed to teach attendees how to test and monitor coal-fired power plant equipment and improve unit heat rate. The course presents design and operating theories of power plant equipment. It also emphasizes efficiency and testing with full consideration given to the expectations and limits of component equipment. The laws of thermodynamics and the principles of heat transfer are reviewed and applied to equipment operation and efficiency. Actual test data is used to calculate turbine efficiency, condenser cleanliness, turbine cycle heat rate, turbine cycle heat rate corrections, boiler efficiency, and feedwater heater performance. The perspective of performance testing and monitoring is maintained throughout.
Good working skills in algebra and graphical interpretation
- Overview of ASME Performance Test Codes
- Thermodynamics Review
- Overview of Boilers, Turbines, Feedwater Heaters, Condensers, Pumps, and Cooling Towers
- Test Instrumentation
- Data Evaluation
At the end of this course, students should be able to:
- Recognize and use standard testing methods
- Determine the performance levels of major plant equipment
- Test performance accurately and interpret results
- Improve the efficiency of plant operations
Who Should Attend
This course is designed for engineers, engineering managers, and plant engineers.
- Textbook: Fundamentals of Power Plant Performance for Utility Engineers
- steam tables