This course is designed to teach attendees how to diagnose root causes of fossil and combined cycle power plant performance deficiencies. Over 25 different case studies are presented and solved, beginning with test data on specific components, followed by pertinent performance calculations, and ending with a “root cause” analysis of the problem. Diagnostic flowpaths, using “expert system” techniques, are provided for many of the case studies. The case studies are based on GP Strategies’ extensive experience in troubleshooting and testing all types of power plant equipment. Topics are optimally arranged to allow engineers from both plant types to pick and choose the equipment of most interest to them without any loss of continuity.
Attendees have the option of attending the 3.5 days on the Rankine cycle plant or Combined cycle, or to have both in the full 4.5 day program.
Basic familiarity with equipment performance test methods and power plant thermodynamics.
- Boilers and Air Heaters
- Gas Turbines
- Feedwater Heaters
- Condensers and Auxiliaries
- Steam Turbines
- Combined Cycle
At the end of this course, students should be able to:
- Troubleshoot capacity and efficiency shortfalls of all major
power plant components
- Identify where thermal losses are occurring
- Determine if problems are due to equipment or
- Act to effectively improve heat rate
- Monitor improvements and continually reassess
strategies for optimum performance
Who Should Attend
This course is for experienced power plant personnel who are knowledgeable in power plant components/systems.
- Textbook: Advanced Performance Analysis and Troubleshooting for Power Plants
- diagnostic flowpaths
- personal copy of the latest version of GPCALCS™ software