Combined Cycle Plant Performance


This course teaches attendees how to test and monitor power plant equipment and improve unit heat rate. The course presents design and operating theories of power plant equipment. It also emphasizes efficiency and testing with full consideration given to the expectations and limits of component equipment. The laws of thermodynamics and the principles of heat transfer are reviewed and applied to equipment operation and efficiency. Actual test data is used to calculate turbine efficiency, condenser cleanliness, turbine cycle heat rate, turbine cycle heat rate corrections, boiler efficiency, and feedwater heater performance.


  • Recognize and use standard testing methods.
  • Determine the performance levels of major plant equipment.     
  • Test performance accurately and interpret results.     
  • Improve the efficiency of plant operations.
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