Combined Cycle Plant Fundamentals

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Combined Cycle Plant Fundamentals

April 17, 2023 @ 8:00 am - April 20, 2023 @ 4:00 pm


Course Description

This course is directed toward operators, technicians, engineers, and managers in a combined cycle power plant. In this course the participant will learn about the combined cycle process (from fuel to electrical power), the purpose and function of each major component, and the practical aspects of synchronous generator operation.

LOCATION: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Wilmington-Newark 1201 Christiana Road Newark, DE 19713

Individual Registration: $2,350 

Group Registration: 10% discount for 3 or more attendees 


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What You Will Learn

    • ■ The four phases of the power generation cycle as it pertains to combined cycle systems including Gas Turbine, Heat Recovery Steam Generator, Steam Turbine, and Condensate/ Feedwater System
    • ■ The operation and components of the gas turbine

■ The operation and components of the heat recovery steam generator (HRSG)

■ The operation and components of the steam turbine

■ The operation and components of the condensate system

■ The interaction between the Rankin (steam) Cycle and the Brayton

■ (Gas turbine) Cycle

■ Power transfer between the generator and the power system

■ Physical limitations of the generator (capability curve)

■ Generator excitation systems

■ Generator and power system stability, turbines, governors, and frequency control.

Day 1 : Introduction To Gas Turbine

■ The gas turbine Brayton cycle
■ Overview of the three major sections of the gas turbine engine
■ Compressor Surge/Stall and explain how it is prevented
■ Gas turbine combustors and the advantages of each design
■ Turbine firing temperature and the impact on gas turbine output and efficiency
■ Turbine exhaust pressure and impact on gas turbine output and efficiency
■ Startup sequence of a gas turbine engine
■ Gas turbine lube oil system and auxiliaries

Day 2 : Heat Recovery, Steam Generator Controls & Operation

■ Component configuration and operational scheme of HRSG steam generation circuit
■  Major component discussion: HRSG economizer, HRSG steam drum and evaporator, HRSG superheater
■  Overview of HRSG duct burners
■  Emission control equipment
■  HRSG stresses for operation
■  HRSG operations and monitoring indicators

Day 3 : Steam Turbine/Generator Equipment, Operations


■ Operation of steam turbines
■ Major components that comprise the steam turbine
■ Flow of steam through the steam turbine
■ Types and purpose of steam turbine control valves
■ Turbine exhaust hood cooling
■ Turbine bearings: journal and thrust bearings
■ Steam turbine drain systems


■ Synchronizing to Grid
■ Synch Check Relays
■ Generator Motorization
■ Step-up/Step down Transformers
■ Generator Operation (Generator Circuit Breakers and Protection)
■ Isolated Phase Bus

Day 4 : Practical Aspects Of Generators And Generator Controls

■ Basic concepts of synchronous power systems, including active and reactive power as well as power transfer in AC systems
■ Energy conversion and the synchronous generator
■ Relationship between generator terminal quality and capability curves
■ Excitation system requirements, common designs, and limiters/protective features
■ Automatic voltage regulator (AVR)
■ Definitions of power system stability and associated terminology
■ Excitation and governor effects on stability
■ Power System Stabilizer (PSS)
■ Turbines, governors, and frequency control


April 17, 2023 @ 8:00 am
April 20, 2023 @ 4:00 pm
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