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Course Name Power Plant Engineering
Course Code 19MEE354
Program B. Tech. in Mechanical Engineering
Year Taught 2019


Unit 1

Hydrological data – capacity and type -selection – General layout and types of hydroelectric Power Plants.
Steam power plant layout and components – steam generators – functions of feed water heaters- super heaters–air Preheaters – economizers and re-heaters.
Combustion equipment and firing methods- Fuel bed combustion, Mechanical Stokers, Pulverized Coal firing system, Fluidized Bed Combustion, Cyclone furnace, Coal gasifiers. Ash and Dust handling systems Types of condensers – cooling towers – Water treatment methods

Unit 2

Cogeneration. Elementary treatment of combined cycle power generation.
General layout of diesel power plant and their components – Types of plant layouts – comparison of diesel plant with thermal plant.
Comparison and types of gas turbine power plants and their components, combined gas and steam power plants – Advantages of gas turbine plant over diesel and thermal plants.

Unit 3

General components of Nuclear reactors – types of reactors – location safety and economics of nuclear plants – comparison with thermal power plants.
Economics of power plant operation – variable load operation and economics.

Course Objectives

  • To familiarize various types of power plants and their site selection
  • To familiarize thermal power plant operations, mountings, accessories and its economic viability
  • To design systems such as chimney, cooling tower and surface condenser for power plants
  • To conceptualize the working of nuclear power plants and to create an awareness on environmental and safety aspects

Course Outcomes

  • CO1: Select a suitable location for a power plant
  • CO2: Analyse the performance of thermal power plant
  • CO3: Select fuel handling and ash handling methods in thermal power plants
  • CO4: Design chimney, cooling towers and condensers for power plants
  • CO5: Performance analysis of nuclear power plants

CO – PO Mapping



CO1 1 1 1 1 3
CO2 2 2 2 3
CO3 1 1 1 1 3
CO4 2 2 1 3
CO5 1 1 1 3

Textbook / Reference


  • Nag .P.K.“Power Plant Technology”, 4/e,McGraw Hill, 2008.


  • El WakilM. M. “Power Plant Technology”, 5/e, McGraw Hill, 2010.
  • Weisman.J. and Eckart.R. “Modern Power Plant Engineering”,Prentice Hall, 2002.

Evaluation Pattern

Assessment Internal External
Periodical 1 15
Periodical 2 15
*Continuous Assessment (CA) 20
End Semester 50
*CA – Can be Quizzes, Assignment, Projects, and Reports.

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