Distance - Water Chemistry for Thermal Power Plant Chemists and Boiler Engineers (2.4 CEUs)


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This course is approximately 5-6 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

Course Overview
This is an advanced chemistry training course for power plant chemists and boiler engineers wishing to expand their knowledge and skills, and to become more effective in their day to day roles dealing with thermal power plant chemistry.
This course will provide ample opportunity for robust technical discussion and expand on advanced concepts in thermal power plant cycle chemistry. The course focuses only on the steam/water aspects of the thermal power cycle.
This course is a MUST for all power plant chemists and boiler engineers. It is also beneficial for anyone involved in power plant operation and maintenance because it provides guidelines and rules for improving power plant performance and reliability.
Who Should Attend
  • Power Plant Chemists
  • Boiler Engineers
  • Engineers involved in the operation and maintenance of power plants
  • Managers
  • Technicians
  • Maintenance personnel
  • Other technical individuals (this seminar is suitable for individuals who do not have a background in chemical engineering)
Course Learning Outcomes
The following are the learning outcomes of this course:
  • Gain a significant increase in understanding of cycle chemistry in steam power plants and the inter-relationships between plant operation, cycle chemistry and potential failure modes due to corrosion and/or deposition throughout the cycle
  • Gain a thorough understanding of all causes of corrosion in a steam power plant and all the methods used to reduce the corrosion rate in a steam power plant
  • Become better equipped to effectively manage the corrosion and deposition risks in a thermal power plant
  • Learn how to reduce failure rate in boilers and steam power plants and improve plant performance
  • Understand condensate polishing and treatment of condensate return to industrial boilers
  • Discover the causes of boiler water contamination and treatment programs
  • Learn about layup and offline corrosion protection
  • Understand water chemistry limits to prevent steam contamination by carryover
  • Learn about boiler water chemistry guidelines and control of steam chemistry
  • Understand high-purity make-up treatment methods
  • Perform demineralizer calculations
  • Perform system design calculations
  • Gain a thorough understanding of mixed bed polishing and reverse osmosis
  • 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 in New York (800 pages)
  2. Water Chemistry for Thermal Power Plant Chemists and Boiler Engineers Manual (450 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.
Steam Generation Water Chemistry Systems, Condensate Feedwater Chemistry
  • Steam Generation Water Chemistry Systems
  • Primary Water Systems in a Steam Power Plant: feedwater/boiler/afterboiler circuit, makeup system, condenser cooling, closed cooling water, ash sluicing at coal-fired plants
  • Common Steam Generating System Contaminants: oxygen, calcium, magnesium, silica, organics, suspended solids, microbes
  • Effects of common steam generating system contaminants on plant equipment and operation
  • Condensate Feedwater Chemistry
  • Condensate/feedwater system construction materials
  • Condensate Chemistry Dissolved Oxygen
  • Carbonic Acid Corrosion in Industrial Steam Generating Systems
  • Mechanical Removal of Dissolved Oxygen and Other Gases
  • Chemical Control of Dissolved Oxygen: oxygen scavengers, safe hydrazine feed systems
  • Industrial oxygen scavenging
  • Flow-accelerated corrosion
  • Copper-alloy corrosion and preventive measures
  • Additional Corrosion Control Requirements
  • Oxygenated Treatment
  • Feedwater Chemistry Guidelines
  • Chemical Feed Systems
  • Monitoring and Control of Condensate Contaminants
  • Condensate Polishing and Treatment of Condensate Return to Industrial Boilers: high-pressure boiler condensate polishing, deep-bed condensate polishing, powdered-resin condensate polishing, industrial plant condensate polishing
  • Program for Monitoring Condenser Performance
  • Case Histories
Boiler Water Chemistry
  • Drum-Type Boiler Design: package drum boilers, field-erected drum units, circulating fluidized bed boilers and heat recovery steam generators
  • Once-Through Steam Generation
  • Boiler Water Contamination: iron oxide deposition, condenser in-leakage
  • Boiler Water Treatment Programs: early boiler water treatment, coordinated and congruent phosphate treatment
  • Phosphate Hideout
  • Alternative Phosphate and Non-phosphate programs: equilibrium phosphate treatment, phosphate treatment, chelants and polymer treatments, caustic treatment, all-volatile treatment, oxygenated treatment
  • Heat Recovery Steam Generators
  • Sampling
  • Layup and Off-line Corrosion Protection
  • Program for Calculating Sodium-to-Phosphate Ratios of Boiler Water
  • Case Histories
Steam Chemistry
  • Primary Carryover Products: copper, sodium hydroxide, chloride and sulfate, iron oxides, silica, sodium phosphates, organics
  • Mechanical Carryover
  • Vaporous Carryover
  • Solids Introduction by Contaminated Attemperator
  • Superheater Exfoliation
  • Water Chemistry Limits to Prevent Steam Contamination by Carryover
  • Boiler Water Chemistry Guidelines for Control of Steam Chemistry
  • Prevention of Contamination via the attemperator system
  • Control of Superheater and Reheater Exfoliation
  • Steam Chemistry Monitoring
  • Steam Chemistry Issues at Industrial Plants without Turbines
  • Case Histories
High-Purity Makeup Water Treatment
  • Pretreatment: microbiocide feed, clarification and softening, filtration, activated carbon filtration, additional pretreatment methods
  • High-Purity Makeup Treatment Methods: ion exchange, exchange groups, strong acid cation resins, weak acid cation resins, strong base anion resins, weak base anion resins, demineralized configurations and mixed-bed exchangers, degasifiers
  • Regeneration and Co-Current/Countercurrent Systems: strong base anion regeneration, weak acid and weak base exchangers
  • Demineralized Performance Calculations: strong acid cation exchanger calculations, strong base anion exchanger calculations, weak acid and weak base performance
  • System Design Calculations: resin volume and vessel diameter calculations, backwash requirements, regeneration requirements, rinsing
  • Mixed-Bed Polishing
  • Monitoring Performance of Ion Exchanger Vessels
  • Demineralizer Component Fundamentals: distributors, vessels, valves, materials
  • Packed-bed demineralizers
  • Other makeup technologies
  • Reverse Osmosis (RO): RO membrane design, RO membrane material, RO pretreatment, RO Design, RO components, RO flow control and monitoring, RO alarms, size of a reverse osmosis system, RO cleaning
  • Electrodialysis and electrodialysis reversal, electrodeionization
  • UV Light Disinfection
  • Multimedia Filtration
  • Activated Carbon
  • Sulfuric Acid and Caustic Specifications
  • Silt Density Index

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