Coal Power Plant Fundamentals On-Demand Series

Coal Power Plant Fundamentals On-Demand Series

January , 2100 | Online ::

“Carl has a deep understanding of the material and relevant experience as shown by his examples.” –Utilities Engineer, CPUC

“Able to answer all of my questions. Very informative person with experience.” –Mechanical Engineer, National Institutes of Health

“Excellent training and valuable education. Great value.” –General Engineer, National Institutes of Health

“Mr. Bozzuto is highly knowledgeable in the application of industrial plants, power sector, and energy. The course is easy to follow from his presentation style.” –Senior Project Manager, WGL Energy

This introductory series provides some basic engineering concepts needed to understand how a coal-fired power plant works, followed by a general overview of power plant layout and operating principles. All major systems in the power plant will be discussed, from coal handling to the switchyard. Relationships between power plant systems are  illustrated, and the focus is on simple presentation of complex engineering ideas, so attendees are not required to have engineering or scientific backgrounds to view this seminar.

Learning Outcomes 

  • Identify how energy is released from fuel and how it is transformed into electrical energy by a power plant
  • Explain the basic principles of heat, work, and energy in the power cycle
  • Review how the major equipment and subsystems in a power plant work and how they work together
  • Analyze how certain factors can affect the performance and availability of a power plant
  • Review the basic operating principles of a power plant
  • Discuss how electricity is directed out of the power plant


Session 1: 1 hour 16 minutes

  • Introduction and Overview
  • Basic Power Plant Concepts
    • Simple Steam Engine
  • Work and Heat in Power Plants
    • Flow, Temperature, and Pressure
    • Ideal Gas Law
    • Enthalpy
  • Fuels
    • Coal, Oil, and Gas
    • All Combustion Processes Generate CO2
  • Chemistry
    • Chemical Reactions
    • First Law of Thermodynamics
    • Gas Combustion
    • Stoichiometry
  • Coal
    • Types of Coal
    • Fuel Analysis
  • Heating Value
    • Higher Heating Value (HHV)
    • Lower Heating Value (LHV)
  • Thermodynamics
    • Second Law of Thermodynamics
    • State Diagrams
    • Heat Engines
  • Heat Transfer
    • Heat Flows
    • Temperature Gradients
  • Power Cycles
    • Open Cycles
    • Closed Cycles
    • Rankine (Steam) Cycles
    • Brayton (Gas Turbine) Cycles

Session 2: 1 hour 29 minutes

  • Equipment
    • Coal Handling and Transportation
    • Coal Preparation
    • Ignition Systems
  • Air Handling
    • Fans
    • Air Heaters
  • Air Quality Control Systems
    • NOx Control Systems
    • Particulate Controls
    • Wet Flue Gas Control Systems
    • Dry Flue Gas Control Systems
  • Firing Systems and Boilers
    • Combustion Heat Transfer
    • Radiation, Convection, and Conduction
  • Burners
    • Premix and Diffusion Flames
    • Fuel Considerations
    • NO Formation
    • Influence of Excess Air
  • Firing Systems
    • Wall Firing
    • Tangential Firing

Session 3: 1 hour 21 minutes

  • Boilers
    • Water Tube Boilers
  • Circulation Systems
    • Natural Circulation
    • Forced Circulation
    • Once Through
    • Supercritical
    • Steam Drums
    • Water Wall Tubes
    • Superheater and Reheater Tubing
    • Economizer Tubing
  • Ash and Ash Handling
    • Fly Ash, Clinker, and Slag
    • Ash Properties
    • Ash Influence on Boiler Size
    • Ash Cleaning
  • Steam Turbines
    • Turbine as a Heat Engine
    • Steam Cycle
    • Extraction Steam
    • Impulse and Reaction Blades
    • Turbine Examples
    • Blade Examples
  • Condensers
    • Role in Turbine Work
    • Back Pressure

Session 4: 52 minutes

  • Condensate and Feedwater Systems
    • Feedwater Heaters
    • Deaerators
    • Boiler Feed Pumps
  • Water Treatment
    • The Need for Ultra Clean Water
    • External Treatment
    • Demineralization
    • Internal Treatment
    • Steam Purity
  • Pumps and Compressors
    • Positive Displacement and Centrifugal Pumps
    • Seals, Couplings, and Motors
    • Instrument and Service Air
    • Positive Displacement and Centrifugal Compressors

Session 5: 1 hour 25 minutes

  • Instrumentation
    • Pressure Gauges
    • Flow Meters
    • Level Indicators
    • Temperatures
    • Supervisory Systems
    • Flame Scanners
    • Water Chemistry
  • Main Control Systems
    • Control Philosophy
    • Feedwater Control
    • Steam Temperature Control
    • Combustion Control
    • Superheat and Reheat Control
    • Turbine Speed Control
  • Interlocks
    • Permissive
    • Trip
    • Boiler Interlocks
    • Turbine Interlocks
    • Electrical Interlocks
  • Plant Operations
    • Check Lists and Operating Manuals
    • Start Ups
  • Station Performance
    • Efficiency
    • Plant Heat Rate
    • GHG Emissions
    • Factors that Influence Plant Efficiency

Session 6: 45 minutes

  • Generators
    • Simple DC Generator
    • AC Generator
    • Use of Electromagnets
  • Transformers and Switchyard
    • Voltage Control
    • Generator Components
    • Switchyard Components
    • Transformers
    • Circuit Breakers
    • Lightning Arresters
  • Review


Carl R. Bozzuto, Honorary Member, The Council of Industrial Boiler Owners  

Carl Bozzuto has over 50 years of experience in combustion and boiler operations and research. He began his career as a research engineer, senior project engineer, manager, and director for Combustion Engineering Inc.  Carl was named Vice President of Process Technology for the company, where he was responsible for the development and commercialization of new boiler and power plant technologies, including advanced cycles, ultra-supercritical boilers, alternative working fluids, fluid bed boilers, plant integration, and other plant component technology.  Serving recently as Vice President of Technology for the Power Environment Sector at Alstom Power Inc., he was responsible for the development and implementation of new technology for boiler and environmental products on a worldwide basis. Bozzuto holds 18 U.S. patents and membership in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the Combustion Institute, the Source Evaluation Society, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).  He has authored more than 30 published technical papers and was Editor-in-Chief of the textbook Clean Combustion Technologies, published by Alstom Power in 2009.  Bozzuto has earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Science degree in management from the Hartford Graduate Center (RPI). 


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Coal Power Plant Fundamentals On-Demand Series

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