Thermal Power Plant

Module numer: MW1532

Duration: 1 Semester

Recurrence: Summer semester

Language: English

Number of ECTS: 5


Professor in charge: Hartmut Spliethoff

Amount of work

Class attendance: 45

Private Study: 105

Total: 150

Course work and exam formalities

The exam consists of a theoretical part with short questions (30min.) and a second part with calculations (60min.). For the theoretical part no further help is allowed. For the calculation part students can use a calculator (non progammable), a h-s diagram and the equation and table connected to course. The theoretical part contains 33.3% and the calculation part 66.6% of the total points. To pass the exam you must have at least 50% of the total points. Short questions and calculations cannot passed separately.


Introduction to energy generation

Thermodynamic basics of steam cycles

Gas tubines Combined Cycles (gaseous and solid fuels)

Combined heat and power plants

Alternative concepts

Waste to energy concepts

Nuclear power plants.

Learning outcome

Students should obtain well-founded insight in the thermodynamic principles of important power cycles, especially for the Clausius-Rankine-Process and the Joule-Process. At the end of the module, they are able to undertake calculations for major components of powerplants like pumps, compressors, turbines, steam generators and condensors. Beside conventional power plant technology, students also evaluate the influence of adaptions and optimization methods like supercritical steam parameters, preheating and reheating in modern and future power plant concepts..

Prerequisites (only recommended!)

Basic knowledge in thermodynamic and power plants. Recommended module:- Thermodynamics in Energy Conversion.


Power Point presentation

Overhead projector

lecture notes

equation and table collection


- Spliethoff, H.: Power Generation from Solid Fuels, Springer Berlin

- Moran, Michael J.: Fundamentals for engineering thermodynamics, Hoboken, NJ, Wiley 2010

- Rayaprolu, Kumar: Boilers for Power and Process, CRC Press 2009

- Babcock & Wilcox Company: Steam, Its Generation and Use,

- Goswami, D. Yogi: Energy conversion, CRC Press 2007

Teaching and studying methods

The lecture is mainly based on Power Point presentation. The exercise is splitted in two parts: classroom teaching for the explanation of the fundamentals and studend centered group work for the active construction of further knowledge under the guidance of the lecturer.