Distance - Coal Power Plant Operation And Maintenance (1.8 CEUs)


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This course is approximately 4-5 weeks in duration.

Learning Method:

  • The PDDP program is more of a self-guided learning style.

  • You are required to read the notes and materials given, complete the follow-up assignments on your own, send in your questions prior to your 1 hour webinar meeting (if required) and be involved in live discussion via the internet.

  • Once you have completed the course, you will receive a certificate of completion

This seminar provides detailed description of coal power plant operation and maintenance. All the methods and procedures used to operate and perform maintenance and refurbishment activities in coal power plants will be covered in detail. All the techniques used to monitor the performance and efficiency of pulverized coal and circulating fluidized bed coal power plants and improve their heat rate (increase the efficiency) will be covered. All the processes, operational and maintenance activities, capital projects, technical options, potential initiatives and incentives to implement upgrades/repairs for increasing the plant efficiency, reliability and safety will be covered in detail. This seminar will also provide in-depth explanation of all the equipment and systems used in coal power plants. This includes, boilers, superheaters, reheaters, turbines, condensers, feedwater heaters, deaerators, pumps, compressors, fans, coal handling system, ash handling system, transformers, electric generators, instrumentation and control systems, and governing systems, etc. All the factors which affect power plant performance, efficiency, reliability, safety and emissions will be explained thoroughly. All the areas in pulverized coal and circulating fluidized bed power plants where efficiency loss can occur will be explained. This seminar will also provide up-dated information in respect to the following topics:
  • Performing Boiler Maintenance and Refurbishment
  • Performing Steam Turbine Maintenance and Refurbishment
  • Improving Coal Power Plant Heat Rate, Capacity Factor, Reliability and Safety
  • Performing Transformer and Generator Maintenance and Refurbishment
Who Should Attend
  • Engineers of all disciplines
  • Managers
  • Technicians
  • Maintenance personnel
  • Other technical individuals
Seminar Outcome
  • Coal Power Plant Operation: Understand how all the equipment and systems used in coal power plants operate
  • Coal Power Plant Maintenance: Gain a thorough understanding of all the maintenance methods and refurbishment procedures of every equipment and system used in coal power plants
  • Coal Power Plants Performance and Efficiency: Learn all the techniques used to monitor coal power plant performance and efficiency
  • Calculating the Heat Rate of Coal Power Plants: Learn all the methods used to calculate the heat rate of coal power plants
  • Coal Power Plant Tests: Discover all the tests required for all the equipment and systems of coal power plants
  • Coal Power Plant Reliability and Safety: Understand all the methods used to enhance the reliability and safety of coal power plants
  • Processes, Operational and Maintenance Activities: Discover all the processes, operational and maintenance activities used to improve the heat rate, reliability and safety of coal power plants
  • Potential Initiatives and Incentives to Implement Upgrades/Repairs for Improving the Heat Rate: Discover all the potential initiatives and incentives to implement upgrades/repairs for improving the heat rate, reliability and safety of coal power plants
  • Factors Affecting Coal Power Plant Efficiency, Reliability, Safety and Emissions: Learn about all the factors which affect coal power plants efficiency reliability, safety and emissions
  • Areas in Pulverized Coal and Circulating Fluidized Bed Power Plants where Efficiency Loss Can Occur: Discover all the areas in pulverized coal and circulating fluidized bed power plants where efficiency loss can occur
  • Optimize the Operation of Coal Power Plant Equipment and Systems to Improve the Plant Heat Rate, Reliability and Safety: Understand all the techniques and methods used to optimize the operation of coal power plant equipment and systems to improve the plant heat rate, reliability and safety
  • Coal Power Plant Equipment and Systems: Gain a thorough understanding of various coal power plant equipment and systems including: boilers, superheaters, reheaters, steam turbines, governing systems, deaerators, feedwater heaters, coal-handling equipment, transformers, generators and auxiliaries
Training Methodology
The instructor relies on a highly interactive training method to enhance the learning process. This method ensures that all the delegates gain a complete understanding of all the topics covered. The training environment is highly stimulating, challenging, and effective because the participants will learn by case studies which will allow them to apply the material taught to their own organization.

Special Feature
Each delegate will receive a digital copy of the following materials written by the instructor:
  1. “POWER GENERATION HANDBOOK” second edition published by McGraw-Hill in 2012 (800 pages)
  2. Excerpt of the relevant chapters from the “POWER PLANT EQUIPMENT OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE GUIDE” published by McGraw-Hill in 2012 (800 pages)
  3. COAL POWER PLANT OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE MANUAL (includes practical information about all the methods used to operate and perform maintenance activities on coal power plants to improve their heat rate, reliability and safety - 400 pages)

The PDDP Distance Education program works as follows:

  • Once you register for this course, you will be sent a login username and password for our online distance website.

  • You will receive the course notes in hard copy through the online website, you will receive a set of notes each week covering the course material.

  • A one hour video-conference session will be conducted by your instructor each week (if required). The objective of this session is to assist in solving the assignments, as well as answer student questions that should be sent to instructor early enough prior to the meeting time. In addition with being able to communicate with the instructor, you will also be able to communicate with other students in the same class and watch their questions being answered as well. (A high speed internet connection is strongly recommended for this feature).

  • Each set of exercises can be completed and submitted by the indicated date and your completed exercise will be marked online and and returned by your instructor.

  • To gain the most from your course, it is highly recommended that you participate fully in all discussions and exercises. Please remember that each course has a form of quiz or exercise at the end to test your understanding of the material. You will be informed of these dates when you receive the course schedule.

*Course commencement date is subject to instructor availability.

Philip Kiameh

Philip Kiameh, M.A.Sc., B.Eng., D.Eng., P.Eng. (Canada) has been a teacher at University of Toronto and Dalhousie University, Canada for more than 24 years. In addition, Prof Kiameh has taught courses and seminars to more than four thousand working engineers and professionals around the world, specifically Europe and North America. Prof Kiameh has been consistently ranked as "Excellent" or "Very Good" by the delegates who attended his seminars and lectures.
Prof Kiameh wrote 5 books for working engineers from which three have been published by McGraw-Hill, New York. Below is a list of the books authored by Prof Kiameh:
  1. Power Generation Handbook: Gas Turbines, Steam Power Plants, Co-generation, and Combined Cycles, second edition, (800 pages), McGraw-Hill, New York, October 2011.
  2. Electrical Equipment Handbook (600 pages), McGraw-Hill, New York, March 2003.
  3. Power Plant Equipment Operation and Maintenance Guide (800 pages), McGraw-Hill, New York, January 2012.
  4. Industrial Instrumentation and Modern Control Systems (400 pages), Custom Publishing, University of Toronto, University of Toronto Custom Publishing (1999).
  5. Industrial Equipment (600 pages), Custom Publishing, University of Toronto, University of Toronto, University of Toronto Custom Publishing (1999).
Prof. Kiameh has received the following awards:
  1. The first "Excellence in Teaching" award offered by the Professional Development Center at University of Toronto (May, 1996).
  2. The "Excellence in Teaching Award" in April 2007 offered by TUV Akademie (TUV Akademie is one of the largest Professional Development centre in world, it is based in Germany and the United Arab Emirates, and provides engineering training to engineers and managers across Europe and the Middle East).
  3. Awarded graduation “With Distinction” from Dalhousie University when completed Bachelor of Engineering degree (1983).
  4. Entrance Scholarship to University of Ottawa (1984).
  5. Natural Science and Engineering Research Counsel (NSERC) scholarship towards graduate studies – Master of Applied Science in Engineering (1984 – 1985).
Prof. Kiameh performed research on power generation equipment with Atomic Energy of Canada Limited at their Chalk River and Whiteshell Nuclear Research Laboratories. He also has more than 30 years of practical engineering experience with Ontario Power Generation (formerly, Ontario Hydro - the largest electric utility in North America).
While working at Ontario Hydro, Prof. Kiameh acted as a Training Manager, Engineering Supervisor, System Responsible Engineer and Design Engineer. During the period of time that Prof Kiameh worked as a Field Engineer and Design Engineer, he was responsible for the operation, maintenance, diagnostics, and testing of gas turbines, steam turbines, generators, motors, transformers, inverters, valves, pumps, compressors, instrumentation and control systems. Further, his responsibilities included designing, engineering, diagnosing equipment problems and recommending solutions to repair deficiencies and improve system performance, supervising engineers, setting up preventive maintenance programs, writing Operating and Design Manuals, and commissioning new equipment.
Later, Prof Kiameh worked as the manager of a section dedicated to providing training for the staff at the power stations. The training provided by Prof Kiameh covered in detail the various equipment and systems used in power stations.
Professor Philip Kiameh was awarded his Bachelor of Engineering Degree "with distinction" from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He also received a Master of Applied Science in Engineering (M.A.Sc.) from the University of Ottawa, Canada. He is also a member of the Association of Professional Engineers in the province of Ontario, Canada.
Coal Power Plants, Steam Generators, Steam Turbines, Steam Turbine Auxiliaries
  • Review of Coal Power Plants Thermodynamics
  • Layout of Steam Power Plants
  • Steam Generators
  • Steam Turbines
  • Reheaters
  • Condensers
  • Feedwater Heaters
  • Efficiency and Heat Rate
  • Supercritical Plants
  • The Fire-Tube Boiler
  • The Water-Tube Boiler
  • The Steam Drum
  • Superheaters and Reheaters
  • Once-Through Boilers
  • Economizers
  • Fans
  • Coal Handling System
  • Ash Handling System
  • Draught System
  • The Stack
  • Feedwater Treatment Plant
  • Steam Generator Control
  • Feedwater and Drum-Level Control
  • Steam-Pressure Control
  • Steam-Temperature Control
  • Mechanisms of Energy Conversion in a Steam Turbine
  • Turbine components
  • Rotating and Stationary blades
  • Thrust bearings
  • Labyrinth seals
  • Turbine controls
  • Testing of Turbine blades
  • Quality Assurance of Turbine Generator Components
  • Assembly and testing of turbine components
  • Turbine Types
  • Compound Turbines
  • Turbine Control Systems
  • Steam Turbine Maintenance
  • Steam Generators, Heat Exchangers, and Condensers
  • Power Station Performance Monitoring
  • The Turbine Governing Systems
  • Steam Chests and Valves
  • Turbine Protective Devices
  • Turbine InstrumentationLubrication Systems
  • Gland Sealing System
  • Frequently Asked Questions about Turbine-Generator Balancing, Vibration Analysis and Maintenance
  • Features Enhancing The Reliability and Maintainability of Steam Turbines
  • Coal and Ash Circuit
  • Air and Gas Circuit
  • Types of coal used in coal power plants
  • Coal Analysis
  • Proximate Analysis
  • Ultimate Analysis
  • Coal Ranking
  • Pulverized Coal Firing System
  • Pulverized Coal Burners
  • Short Flame (Turbulent) Burner
  • Tangential Burner
  • Cyclone Burner
  • Ash Handling System
  • Condensers
  • Cooling Towers
Coal Fired Power Plants Systems and Equipment, Factors Influencing Power Plant Efficiency, Reliability, Safety and Emissions, Efficiency Standards and Monitoring, International Energy Agency (IEA) Recommendations for Improving the Heat Rate, Reliability and Safety in Coal Power Plants
  • Major Components of Pulverized Coal and Circulating Fluidized Bed Power Plants
  • Pulverized Coal Fired Power Plant Performance
  • Circulating Fluidized Bed Power Plant Performance
  • Net Power Generation Capacity
  • Steam Cycle Heat Rate
  • Design Parameters that Affect the Steam Cycle Heat Rate
  • Boiler (Steam Generator) Efficiency
  • Coal Composition
  • Flue Gas Exit Temperature
  • Energy Content or Heating Value
  • Penalty for Stack Gas Reheat
  • Flue Gas Desulfurization (FGD) Systems
  • Power Consumption of the Auxiliary Equipment (Allowance for Auxiliaries)
  • Power Plant Availability
  • Average Load Factor
  • Annual Coal Consumption
  • Annual Ash and SO2 Generation
  • Coal Transportation, Unloading and Storage
  • Coal Storage and Reclamation
  • Environmental Issues Related with Coal Based Energy Conversion
  • Air Pollution
  • Sulfur Containing Compounds (SOx)
  • Nitrogen Containing Compounds (NOx)
  • Carbon Monoxide (CO) and Carbon Dioxide (CO2)
  • Particulate Matter
  • Environmental Control Systems
  • Control Technologies for SOx, NOx, and Particulates
  • Electrostatic Precipitators (ESP’s)
  • Ash and Flue Gas Desulfurization (FGD) Sludge Disposal Systems
  • Differences in Reported Efficiency Values
  • Energy and Efficiency Losses
  • Impact of Condenser-Operating Conditions on Efficiency
  • Heat and Power Equivalence
  • Efficiency Performance Assessment Periods
  • Efficiency Standards and Monitoring
  • Reporting Bases for Whole Plant efficiency
  • CO2 Emission Reporting
  • Generic Reconciliation Methodology
  • Efficiency Outlook for Power Generation from Coal
  • International Energy Agency (IEA) Recommendations for Improving the Heat Rate in Coal Power Plants
Efficiency Loss in Coal Power Plants, Steam Turbine Steam Path Modifications; Processes, Operational and Maintenance Activities Used to Increase the Plant Efficiency, Reliability and Safety, Steam Turbine Maintenance, Failure or Degradation of Boiler Components, Boiler Maintenance, Transformer Maintenance, Electric Generator Operation and Maintenance
  • Areas of a Pulverized Coal Plant where Efficiency Loss Can Occur
  • Areas of a Circulating Fluidized Bed Coal Plant where Efficiency Loss Can Occur
  • Assessing the Range and Applicability of Heat Rate Improvements
  • Heat Rate Improvement
  • Steam Turbine Steam Path Modifications
  • Steam Turbine Maintenance
  • Major Operating Problems in Coal Power Plants
  • Failure or Degradation of Boiler Components
  • Reduced Performance of the Whole Plant or Specific Components
  • Erosion in the Boilers
  • Fuel: Composition, Shape, Size, Hardness, Ash Content
  • Operating Conditions
  • Tube Properties: Composition and Morphology of Tube Metal
  • Design and Construction of the Boiler
  • Wall Tubes
  • Corrosion Inside the Boilers
  • Fireside Corrosion Fatigue
  • Fireside Ash Corrosion of Superheater
  • Chemistry of Fire-Side Corrosion
  • Sulfate Corrosion
  • Sulfide Corrosion
  • Chlorine Corrosion
  • Fouling and Deposit Formation Inside the Boiler
  • Prevention of High Temperature Corrosion
  • Low Oxygen Combustion
  • Uniform Distribution of Combustion Air
  • Uniform Distribution of Fuel in the Combustion Chamber
  • Use of Additives to Prevent High-Temperature Corrosion in the Boiler
  • Reduction of Flue Gas Temperature at the Furnace Outlet
  • Use of Corrosion Resisting Alloys
  • Avoidance of Simultaneous Occurrence of High Gas Temperature and High Wall Temperature
  • Avoidance of Contact of High Wall Temperature and Corrosion Agents
  • Refractory Failure
  • Maintenance Issues
  • Design Audit
  • Material Audit
  • Preventive and Remedial Measures for Fireside Corrosion
  • Preventive Maintenance for Refractory
  • Operating and Safety Issues
  • Combustion Start-up
  • Cold Start-up
  • Warm Start-up
  • Reduced Boiler Performance
  • High Furnace Temperature
  • Excess Emission of NOx and SO2
  • Fouling
  • Transformers
  • Transformers Components and Maintenance
  • Electric Generators
  • Generator Components, Auxiliaries, and Excitation
  • Generator Testing, Inspection, and Maintenance

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