Series 110: Power Plant Operations
Course 111: How Power Plants Work
Covers the basic steam generation system, how thermal energy is converted into electrical energy, components of the system, and design features for gaining thermal efficiency. Includes handling of water, fuel, and wastes, and the operating features of a power plant.
TPC Training Systems is authorized by IACET to offer 0.5 CEUs for this program.
Lesson 1 - Steam-The Primary Force
Energy conversions; Combustion; Ash and fuel gas removal; Heating air; Boiler design; Water level; Feedwater heaters; Economizers
- Describe the basic concepts involved in converting energy to electricity through a steam power plant.
- Explain why air is important in combustion and describe how air is heated.
- Describe the basic design of a boiler.
- List the methods commonly used to create efficiency in a boiler.
Lesson 2 - How Heat is Converted to Power
Turbines; Generators; Using exhausted steam to heat feedwater; Using condensate; Coal handling; Boiler efficiency
- Describe the components of an elementary turbine.
- List the uses of exhaust steam.
- Explain how a vacuum is produced in a boiler system.
- Describe how condensate is formed in a boiler system and how it can be used to create a closed cycle system.
- Explain how boiler efficiency is related to steam temperature and pressure.
- Calculate absolute temperature values using Fahrenheit and Celsius readings.
Lesson 3 - Power Plant Efficiency
Thermodynamic efficiency; Pumps; Feedwater and air heating; Superheaters; Circulation problems; Gaining efficiency; Condenser performance
- List the kinds of pumps used in a boiler system and explain the function of each.
- Describe the common processes by which boiler feedwater can be heated, and explain how such processes increase boiler efficiency.
- Explain the process by which air is heated in a boiler system.
- Explain the purpose of a superheater.
Lesson 4 - Handling Water, Fuel, and Wastes
Boiler water requirements; Water softening and purification; Water disposal; Fuel wastes; Flue gases; Particulate removal systems
- List the two main uses for water in a power plant.
- Describe the physical and chemical properties of water.
- Explain the past and present methods used to purify water for use in a power plant.
- Explain the common handling procedures for flue gases and solid wastes, and describe the problems involved in disposing of these wastes.
- List some of the ways in which power plant waste problems might be resolved in the future.
Lesson 5 - Power Plant Operation and Control
Power plant operating features and controls; Temperature, pressure, and special measurements; Other power sources; Nuclear power
- Give a detailed description of the arrangement of a modern steam generating plant and explain the progression of the steam cycle from one end to the other.
- Compare and contrast the common instruments for measuring temperature.
- Compare and contrast the common instruments for measuring pressure.
- List some of the special measurement devices that are important in a steam generating plant.
- List the alternate power sources described in the Lesson.
- Explain the concept of nuclear power and describe the operation of a nuclear power plant.