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1.1 To learn about the equipment used in steam producing.
1.2 To learn the application of the equipment used in steam
1.3 To study the layout and piping of the steam power plant












3.1 Make sure the student follow the laboratory or
workshop safety regulations.
3.2 Experiment must be conduct by lecturers or
experience lab assistance.
3.3 Always know the hazards associated with the material
that are being utilized in the lab.
3.4 Always wear appropriate protective clothing.
3.5 Never perform unauthorized work,preparations or
3.6 Be familiar with the location of emergency equipment
such as fire alarm,fire extinguisher,emergency eye
wash and safety shower
3.7 Know the appropriate emergency response procedures.


A thermal power station is a power plant in which the prime mover is steam driven.
Water is heated, turns into steam and spins asteam turbine which drives an electrical
generator. After it passes through the turbine, the steam is condensed in
a condenser and recycled to where it was heated; this is known as a Rankine cycle.
The greatest variation in the design of thermal power stations is due to the
different fossil fuel resources generally used to heat the water. Some prefer to use
the term energy center because such facilities convert forms of heat energy into
electrical energy.Certain thermal power plants also are designed to produce heat
energy for industrial purposes of district heating, or desalination of water, in addition
to generating electrical power. Globally, fossil fueled thermal power plants produce a
large part of man-made CO2 emissions to the atmosphere, and efforts to reduce
these are varied and widespread.

More about thermal power system

(types of thermal power system)
Almost all coal, nuclear, geothermal, solar thermal electric, and waste incineration
plants, as well as many natural gas power plants are thermal. Natural gas is
frequently combusted in gas turbines as well as boilers. The waste heat from a gas
turbine can be used to raise steam, in a combined cycle plant that improves overall
efficiency. Power plants burning coal, fuel oil, or natural gas are often called fossilfuel power plants. Some biomass-fueled thermal power plants have appeared also.
Non-nuclear thermal power plants, particularly fossil-fueled plants, which do not
use co-generation are sometimes referred to as conventional power plants.
Commercial electric utility power stations are usually constructed on a large scale
and designed for continuous operation. Electric power plants typically use threephase electrical generators to produce alternating current (AC) electric power at
a frequency of 50 Hz or 60 Hz. Large companies or institutions may have their own
power plants to supply heating or electricity to their facilities, especially if steam is
created anyway for other purposes. Steam-driven power plants have been used in
various large ships, but are now usually used in large naval ships. Shipboard power
plants usually directly couple the turbine to the ship's propellers through gearboxes.
Power plants in such ships also provide steam to smaller turbines driving electric
generators to supply electricity. Shipboard steam power plants can be either fossil
fuel or nuclear. Nuclear marine propulsion is, with few exceptions, used only in naval
vessels. There have been perhaps about a dozen turbo-electric ships in which a
steam-driven turbine drives an electric generator which powers an electric
motor for propulsion.

Combined heat and power plants (CH&P plants), often called co-generation plants,
produce both electric power and heat for process heat or space heating. Steam and
hot water lose energy when piped over substantial distance, so carrying heat energy
by steam or hot water is often only worthwhile within a local area, such as a ship,
industrial plant, or district heating of nearby buildings.

5.1 State all the components used in steam power
plant and give the explanation of theirs uses.

1. Boiler. A boiler is a closed vessel in which water or other fluid is heated.

The fluid does not necessarily boil. The heated or vaporized fluid exits
the boiler for use in various processes or heating applications.
2. Steam turbine. A steam turbine is a device that extracts thermal
energy from pressurized steam and uses it to do mechanical work on a
rotating output shaft. Because the turbine generates rotary motion, it is
particularly suited to be used to drive an electrical generator. The steam
turbine is a form of heat engine that derives much of its improvement
in thermodynamic efficiency from the use of multiple stages in the
expansion of the steam, which results in a closer approach to the ideal
reversible expansion process.

3. Cooling tower. A cooling tower is a heat rejection device which

extracts waste heat to the atmosphere through the cooling of a water
stream to a lower temperature. Cooling towers may either use
the evaporation of water to remove process heat and cool the working
fluid to near the wet-bulb air temperature or, in the case of closed circuit
dry cooling towers, rely solely on air to cool the working fluid to near
the dry-bulb air temperature.

4.Water pump. A water pump is a specific type of pump used to

pump feedwater into a steam boiler. The water may be freshly supplied
or returning condensate produced as a result of the condensation of the
steam produced by the boiler. These pumps are normally high pressure
units that take suction from a condensate return system and can be of
the centrifugal pump type or positive displacement type.
5. Surface condenser. A surface condenser is a commonly used term for a
water-cooled shell and tube heat exchanger installed on the
exhaust steam from asteam turbine in thermal power stations.[1][2]
These condensers are heat exchangers which convert steam from its
gaseous to its liquid state at a pressure below atmospheric pressure.

5.2 Briefly explain the work cycle of the steam power plant

Rankine cycle. Rankine cycle is a model that is used to predict the

performance of steam turbine systems. The Rankine cycle is an
idealizedthermodynamic cycle of a heat engine that converts heat into
mechanical work. The heat is supplied externally to a closed loop, which
usually uses water as the working fluid.

There are four processes in rankine cycle

Process 1-2: The working fluid is pumped from low to
high pressure. As the fluid is a liquid at this stage, the pump requires little input
Process 2-3: The high pressure liquid enters a boiler where it is heated at
constant pressure by an external heat source to become a dry saturated vapour.
The input energy required can be easily calculated using mollier diagram or h-s
chart or enthalpy-entropy chart also known as steam tables.
Process 3-4: The dry saturated vapour expands through a turbine, generating
power. This decreases the temperature and pressure of the vapour, and some
condensation may occur. The output in this process can be easily calculated
using the Enthalpy-entropy chart or the steam tables.

Process 4-1: The wet vapour then enters a condenser where it is condensed at
a constant pressure to become a saturated liquid.

5.3 What are advantages of using steam as a medium In generating


Steam offers the following advantages:

1)Steam can be distributed throughout a heating
system with little change in temperature
2)Steam flows through the system unaided by
external energy sources such as pumps.Because of
its low density, steam can be used in tall buildings
where water systems create excessive pressure.
3)Steam is pressure-temperature dependent;
therefore, the system temperature can be
controlled by varying either steam pressure or
4)Steam components can be repaired or replaced by
closing the steam supply, without the difficulties
associated with draining and refilling a water
5.4 Briefly explain about the work principles of steam
Steam turbine is one of machine types that use a method of external
combustion engine. The working principle of steam turbine as follows:


Steam enters into the turbine through a nozzle. In the nozzle,

heat energy from steam is converted into kinetic energy and the
steam is expanding. Steam pressure at the exit of nozzle is
smaller when compared with at the time of enter into nozzle,
but otherwise the velocity of steam out from nozzle is greater
than at the time of enter into the nozzle.
The steam gushing out of the nozzle is directed to the turbine
blades with arches shaped and fitted around the wheel turbines.




Steam flowing through gaps between the turbine blades is

deflected towards following the curve of the turbine blades. The
changes in steam velocity raise the force that encourages and
then rotate the turbine wheel and shaft.
If the steam still has velocity when it leaves the turbine blades
means that only some of the kinetic energy of steam is taken by
the turbine blades which are running. More than one line of blade
motion is installed to utilize the remaining kinetic energy when
steam leaves the turbine blades.
Before entering the second line of blade motion, so between the
first row and second row blades motion is mounted one line fixed
blade (blade guide) that allows you to change the direction of
the steam velocity, so steam can enter the second line of blade
motion in the right direction.
The velocity of steam when it leaves the last blade motion should
be made as small as possible, so that the available kinetic energy
can be utilized as much as possible. Thus the steam turbine
efficiency is higher because of energy loss is relatively small.


Give the function of the cooling tower in cooling the tower in the

A cooling tower is a heat rejection device which extracts waste heat to

the atmosphere through the cooling of a water stream to a lower temperature.
Cooling towers may either use the evaporation of water to remove process heat and
cool the working fluid to near the wet-bulb air temperature or, in the case of closed
circuit dry cooling towers, rely solely on air to cool the working fluid to near the drybulb air temperature.

A thermal power plant uses steam to spin turbines,
which in turn feed electric generators. Most power plants
in the world use thermal energy to operate. A thermal

power plant is usually defined by the type of fuel used to

heat the water and create steam. Coal, oil, and even
solar and nuclear powers can be used to create the
steam necessary to run a thermal plant.
Many thermal plants operate on a partially closed loop,
using what is known as a Rankine cycle. Water is
heated by fuel, such as coal or nuclear power, until it
becomes steam. Steam is passed through a series of
chambers that make it stronger, hotter, and more
powerful. The steam reaches the turbines and spins
them, then is pushed through to a cooling storage area
where it can condense back into water. The water can
then be reused to create steam, completing the loop.