Course Description

The Heat Rate and Plant Performance series contains various courses designed for power plant control room operators and performance engineers. 

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  • Why efficiency is Important
  • The Power Plant as an Energy Conversion Factory
  • hermodynamic Concepts Related to Power Plant Efficiency
  • Heat Rate Versus Efficiency
  • Applications of the First Law of Thermodynamics
  • Common Terms and Concepts
  • Statements of the Second Law
  • Entropy
  • Heat rate
  • Turbine Cycle Heat rate
  • Temperature-entropy Diagram
  • Determining Heat energy
  • Feedwater System
  • Heat Transfer
  • Removing Feedwater Heaters From Service
  • Boiler Efficiency
  • Boiler Steam Generation
  • Turbine Efficiency
  • Generator Efficiency
  • Air Heaters
  • Flue Gas Losses
  • Unburned Carbon and Radiant Heat Losses
  • ASME Performance Test Codes, Sections 1 to 3
  • ASME Performance Test Codes, Sections 4 to 6
  • ASME Performance Test Codes, Section 7 and Appendices
  • Boiler Efficiency Formula
  • Corrections Using Standard Conditions
  • Turbine Cycle Efficiency
  • Main Steam Pressure (Throttle Pressure)Reheat Steam Temperature
  • Condenser Pressure
  • Feedwater Heating
  • Failed LP Heater Expansion Joint
  • HP Feedwater Heater Alternate Drain Open to Condenser
  • HP Feedwater Heater Bypassing Flow
  • Main Steam Start-up Drain Leak to Condenser
  • Hot reheat Start-up Drain Leak to Condenser
  • Deaerator Storage Tank Leakage to Condenser
  • HP Turbine Degradation
  • IP Turbine Degradation
  • Condenser Degradation
  • Air Heater Degradation
  • Cooling Tower Degradation
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