Power Plant Engineering


Prof. Ravi Kumar

IIT Roorkee

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This Course provides a simple understanding of the power plant engineering. The course contains the details of steam and gas thermal power plants, hydro power plants, nuclear power plants, along with solar, wind and geothermal energy power systems in addition to the direct energy conversion. The economics of power generation and the environmental aspect of power generation are also being addressed in this course.


UG students of Mechanical Engineering


All power plant industries


Dr. Ravi Kumar is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee. He has been teaching thermal engineering courses in the Department and is actively involved in the research related with Solar Energy. He is a member of ASME, ASHRAE and IIFIIR.

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Course Details

Week 1 : The energy scenario, steam power plants, fuel handling, ash handling, chimney draught
Week 2 : Fossil fuel steam generators, high pressure boilers, performance of boilers, fuels and combustion, steam turbines
Week 3 : Impulse turbines, reaction turbines, feed water treatment, steam condensers, problem solving
Week 4 : Condensate feed water system, circulating water system, gas turbine cycles, combined cycles, hydro-electric, power plants
Week 5 : Classification of hydro-plants , hydraulic turbines, hydro plant controls, problem solving
Week 6 : Principles of nuclear energy, thermal fission reactors and Power Plants, Fast breeder reactors, solar energy, solar thermal energy
Week 7 : Solar thermal energy, direct energy conversion, wind energy, geothermal energy, energy from oceans
Week 8 : Energy storage, economics of power generation, economics of power generation, environmental aspect of power generation, problem solving

Books and References

-Black & Veatch, “Power plant Engineering”, CBS Publisher, 2005
-El-Wakil, M.M., “Power plant Technology”, McGraw-Hill Book Co, 2002
-Nag, P.K., “Power plant engineering”, Tata MacGraw Hill, 2008
-Modern Power Station Practical, CEGB, Pergamon Publisher, 1992
-Norris & Therkelsen, “Heat Power”, McGraw Hill, 1999
-Rust, J.H., “Nuclear Power Plant Engineering”, Haralson Pub. Co., 1999
-Potter, P.J., “Power Plant Theory & Design”, Kreiger Publishing Co., 1994


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