Thermal Power Plant – Performance Optimization & Performance Evaluation


Outstanding Features

The course will help participants to advance their knowledge on major aspects of thermal power plant performance optimization, evaluation of equipment performance, developing performance guarantee requirements and conducting plant performance tests to validate guarantees. The course will cover pertinent details for both the Combined Cycle (CC) and Conventional (Rankine Cycle) power plants. At the end of the course participants will have a solid understanding of optimization and performance evaluation techniques to apply to the actual projects with confidence.

Course Overview

This advanced course will walk participants through optimization principles, performance optimization based on system design and operation, equipment performance and performance tests

Target Audience

Mechanical Engineer (Minimum 2 years with heat and mass balance and
power cycle/BOP experience)

You Will Learn How to

To gain deep understanding and knowledge on Thermal Power Plants performance optimization and guarantee issues. You will learn how to: optimize power plant systems and performanceevaluate impacts and optimization on plant costs develop economic benefits to the project and provide recommendationdevelop equipment performance guarantee requirements to minimize risks on projectsprovide appropriate inputs to Management for performance guaranteesdevelop performance testing protocols and procedures evaluate equipment performance during performance testingevaluate plant performance guarantees


Optimization Principles: The optimization principles will be demonstrated using
commercially available heat mass balance software and other
approaches. Sample examples will be worked out to verify “what if” impacts on
plant performance based on changes in system operating parameters.

Performance Optimization:This will include system optimization
for bid development purpose and will include cycle optimization to include steam/water
cycle, air / flue gas system, aux power consumption, cooling system
optimization for each type of power plants (CC & RC) based on commercially
available software tools.

Equipment Performance: This will include the procedures for verifying and
validating the vendor provided performance for major equipment (gas turbine,
steam turbine, HRSG, boiler, condenser/ACC, cooling tower) as well as the
approaches to estimate the performance for off-design operating conditions.
Sample examples from past projects will be provided for this training exercise.

Performance Tests: This session will include the discussions on applicable codes and
standards for conducting performance tests both for individual equipment and
overall plant performance and their implementation on actual projects.
Following the above, a detail training will be provided to develop procedure
and guidance to generate various performance correction curves for performance
test of combined cycle power plant and steam power plant. Examples will be
worked out to verify both the plant performance and major equipment guarantees.

Course Details

The days below represent eight-hour business working days. The training course will be in two sessions (morning and afternoon) every day as follows:

Morning session: 4-hour duration with 15 to 20 minutes breaks between each topics for questions and answers. Lunch Break is for 1 hours.
Afternoon Session: 3 to 4 hours with breaks in between.

There will be a QA session every day at the end of the day. There will be a meeting every morning starting to discuss the program for that day and the progress from the previous day (if applicable). The trainee will be encouraged to discuss any issues with the mentor as they arise for a resolution.

Day 1 (morning and afternoon): Optimization principles and hands on exercise with sample examples

Day 2 (morning and afternoon): Performance optimization techniques for various systems and aux load consumption

Day 3 (morning and afternoon): Equipment performance for guarantee case and off-design cases

Day 4 (morning and afternoon): Performance test protocols/ procedure development, conducting performance test, verification/validation of overall plant performance tests and guarantees.

Day 5:

Morning Session: Recap of the discussions from Days 1-4 courses and QA session.

Afternoon Session: Test quizzes and wrap up

Course Length

5 Days

Course Director

Cynthia Manning


Upon completion, you will receive a Worley Academy Certificate of Completion

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