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A Course Material on POWER PLANT ENGINEERING By Mr. R.Vasanthakumar Assistant PROFESSOR DEPARTMENT OF ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONICS ENGINEERING SASURIE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING VIJAYAMANGALAM – 638 056 1 COAL BASED THERMAL POWER PLANTS 1. What are the types of power plants? 1. Thermal Power Plant 2. Diesel Power Plant 3. Nuclear Power Plant 4. Hydel Power Plant 5. Steam Power Plant 6. Gas Power Plant 7. Wind Power Plant 8. Geo Thermal 9. Bio – Gas 10. M.H.D. Power Plant 2. What are the flow circuits of a thermal Power Plant? 1. Coal and ash circuits. 2. Air and Gas 3. Feed water and steam 4. Cooling and water circuits 3. List the different types of components (or) systems used in steam (or) thermal power plant? 1. Coal handling system. 2. Ash handling system. 3. Boiler 4. Prime mover 5. Draught system. a. Induced Draught b. Forced Draught 4. What are the merits of thermal power plants? Merits (Advantages) of Thermal Power Plant: 1. The unit capacity of thermal power plant is more. The cost of unit decreases with the increase in unit capacity 2. Life of the plant is more (25-30 years) as compared to diesel plant (2-5 years) 5 3. Repair and maintenance cost is low when compared with diesel plant 4. Initial cost of the plant is less than nuclear plants 5. Suitable for varying load conditions. 5. What are the Demerits of thermal power plants? Demerits of thermal Power Plants: 1. Thermal plant are less efficient than diesel plants 2. Starting up the plant and brining into service takes more time 3. Cooling water required is more 4. Space required is more. 6. What are the various steps involved in coal handling system? 1. coal delivery 2. Unloading, 3. Preparation 4. Transfer 5. Outdoor storage 6. Covered storage 7. In-Plant handling 8. Weighing and measuring 9. Feeding the coal into furnace 7. After coal preparation, How the coal transfer? 1. Belt conveyors 2. Screw conveyors 3. Bucket elevation 4. Grab bucket elevators 5. Skip hoists 6. Flight conveyor. 8. Write the advantages of belt conveyor? 1. Its operation is smooth and clean, 2. It requires less power as compared to other types of systems. 3. Large quantities of coal can be discharged quickly and continuously, 4. Material can be transported on moderate inclines. 9. What are the systems used for pulverized coal firing? 6 1. Unit system or Direct system 2. Bin or Central system 10. Write the classification of Mechanical Stokers? 1. Travelling grate stoker 2. Chain grate stoker 3. Spreader stoker 4. Vibrating grate Stoker 5. Underfeed stoker. 11. What are the three major factor consider for ash disposal system? 1. Plant site 2. Fuel source 3. Environmental regulation 12. Write the classification of Ash handling system? 1. Hydraulic system, 2. Pneumatic system 3. Mechanical system 13. What are the Ash discharge equipments? 1. Rail road cars 2. Motors truck 3. Barge 14. Define Draught. Draught is defined as the difference between absolute gas pressure at any point in a gas flow passage and the ambient (same elevation) atmospheric pressure. 15. What are the purpose of Draught. (i) To supply required amount of air to the furnace for the combustion of fuel. The amount of fuel can be burnt per square foot of grate depends upon the quantity of air circulated through fuel bed. (ii) To remove the gaseous products of combustion. 16. Write the classification of Draught? The following flow chart gives the classification of draughts 7 17. Define artificial draught? If the draught is produced by steam jet or fan it is known as artificial draught. 18. Define Induced draught? The flue is drawn (sucked) through the system by a fan or steam jet. 19. Define Forced draught? The air is forced into the system by a blower or steam jet. 20. Write the merits of Natural Draught? 1. No external power is required for creating the draught 2. Air pollution is prevented since the flue gases are discharged at a higher level 3. Maintenance cost is practically nil since there are no mechanical parts 4. Its has longer life, 5. Capital cost is less than that of an artificial draught. 21. Write the De-merits of Natural Draught? 1. Maximum pressure available for producing draught by the chimney is less, 2. Flue gases have to be discharged at higher temperature since draught increases with the increase in temperature of flue gases. 3. Heat cannot be extracted from the fluid gases for economizer, superheater, air pre-heater, etc. Since the effective draught will be reduced if the temperature of the flue gases is decreased. 22. Write the merits of steam Jet draught? 1. This system is very simple and cheap in cost, 8 2. Low grade fuel can be used 3. Space required is less 23. Write the De-merits at steam jet draught? 1. It can be operated only when the steam is raised 2. The draught produced is very low 24. Define Condenser? A condenser is a device in which the steam is condensed by cooling it with water. The condensed steam is known as condensate. 25. Write the essential elements of a steam condensing plant? 1. A closed vessel in which the steam is condensed. 2. A pump to deliver condensed steam to the hot well from the condenser. 3. A dry air-pump to remove air and other non-condensable gases, 4. A feed pump to deliver water to the boiler from hot well. 26. What are the sub division of jet condensers? 1. Low level counter flow jet condenser 2. High level (or) Barometric jet condenser 3. Ejector condenser. 27. Write the surface condenser? 1. Down flow condenser 2. Central flow condenser 3. Evaporative condenser 28. Write the advantages of surface condenser? 1. The condensate can be used as boiler feed water 2. Cooling water of even poor quality can be used because the cooling water does not come in direct contact with steam 3. High vacuum (about 73.5 cm of Hg) can be obtained in the surface condenser. This increases the thermal efficiency of the plant. 9 29. Write the disadvantages of surface condenser? 1. The capital cost is more, 2. The maintenance cost and running cost of this condenser is high, 3. It is bulky and requires more space. 30. Name any two heat saving devices used in a thermal power plant? 1. Air pre heater 2. Economizer. 1.1 Working of thermal power plant Layout of steam power plant: Introduction: Steam is an important medium for producing mechanical energy. Steam is used to drive steam engines and steam turbines. Steam has the following advantages. 1. Steam can be raised quickly from water which is available in plenty. 2. It does not react much with materials of the equipment used in power plants. 3. It is stable at temperatures required in the plant. Equipment of a Steam Power Plant: A steam power plant must have the following equipment. 1. A furnace for burning the fuel. 2. A steam generator or boiler for steam generation. 3. A power unit like an engine or turbine to convert heat energy into mechanical energy. 4. A generator to convert mechanical energy into electrical energy. 5. Piping system to carry steam and water. Figure: shows a schematic layout of a steam power plant. The working of a steam power plant can be explained in four circuits. 1. Fuel (coal) and ash circuit 2. Air and flue gas circuit 3. Feed water and steam flow circuit 4. Cooling water flow circuit 1. Coal and Ash circuit: 10 This includes coal delivery, preparation, coal handling, boiler furnace, ash handling and ash storage. The coal from coal mines is delivered by ships, rail or by trucks to the power station. This coal is sized by crushers, breakers etc. The sized coal is then stored in coal storage (stock yard). From the stock yard, the coal is transferred to the boiler furnace by means of conveyors, elevators etc. The coal is burnt in the boiler furnace and ash is formed by burning of coal, Ash coming out of the furnace will be too hot, dusty and accompanied by some poisonous gases. The ash is transferred to ash storage. Usually, the ash is quenched to reduced temperature corrosion and dust content. There are different methods employed for the disposal of ash. They are hydraulic system, water jetting, ash sluice ways, pneumatic system etc. In large power plants hydraulic system is used. In this system, ash falls from furnace grate into high velocity water stream. It is then carried to the slumps. A line diagram of coal and ash circuit is shown separately in figure. Figure: Layout of a steam power plant. 2. Water and Steam circuit It consists of feed pump, economizer, boiler drum, super heater, turbine condenser etc. 11 Feed water is pumped to the economizer from the hot well. This water is preheated by the flue gases in the economizer. This preheated water is then supplied to the boiler drum. Heat is transferred to the water by the burning of coal. Due to this, water is converted into steam. Figure: Fuel (coal) and ash circuit The steam raised in boiler is passed through a super heater. It is superheated by the flue gases. The superheated steam is then expanded in a turbine to do work. The turbine drives a generator to produce electric power. The expanded (exhaust) steam is then passed through the condenser. In the condenser, the steam is condensed into water and recirculated. A line diagram of water and steam circuit is shown separately in figure. Figure: Water and Steam circuit 3. Air and Flue gas circuit It consists of forced draught fan, air pre heater, boiler furnace, super heater, economizer, dust collector, induced draught fan, chimney etc. Air is taken from the atmosphere by the action 12 of a forced draught fan. It is passed through an air pre-heater. The air is pre-heated by the flue gases in the pre-heater. This pre-heated air is supplied to the furnace to aid the combustion of fuel. Due to combustion of fuel, hot gases (flue gases) are formed. Figure: Air and flue gas circuit The flue gases from the furnace pass over boiler tubes and super heater tubes. (In boiler, wet steam is generated and in super heater the wet steam is superheated by the flue gases.) Then the flue gases pass through economizer to heat the feed water. After that, it passes through the air pre-heater to pre-heat the incoming air. It is then passed through a dust catching device (dust collector). Finally, it is exhausted to the atmosphere through chimney. A line diagram of air and flue gas circuit is shown separately in figure. 4. Cooling water circuit: The circuit includes a pump, condenser, cooling tower etc. the exhaust steam from the turbine is condensed in condenser. In the condenser, cold water is circulated to condense the steam into water. The steam is condensed by losing its latent heat to the circulating cold water. Figure: Cooling water current. Thus the circulating water is heated. This hot water is then taken to a cooling tower, In cooling tower, the water is sprayed in the form of droplets through nozzles. The atmospheric air enters the cooling tower from the openings provided at the bottom of the tower. This air removes heat from water. Cooled water is collected in a pond (known as cooling pond). This cold water is again circulated through the pump, condenser and cooling tower. Thus the cycle is repeated again and again. Some amount of water may be lost during the circulation due to vaporization 13 etc. Hence, make up water is added to the pond by means of a pump. This water is obtained from a river or lake. A line diagram of cooling water circuit is shown in figure separately. Merits (Advantages) of a Thermal Power Plant 1. The unit capacity of a thermal power plant is more. The cost of unit decreases with the increase in unit capacity. 2. Life of the plant is more (25-30 years) as compared to diesel plant (2-5 years). 3. Repair and maintenance cost is low when compared with diesel plant. 4. Initial cost of the plant is less than nuclear plants. 5. Suitable for varying load conditions. 6. No harmful radioactive wastes are produced as in the case of nuclear plant. 7. Unskilled operators can operate the plant. 8. The power generation does not depend on water storage. 9. There are no transmission losses since they are located near load centres. Demerits of thermal power plants 1. Thermal plant are less efficient than diesel plants 2. Starting up the plant and bringing into service takes more time. 3. Cooling water required is more. 4. Space required is more 5. Storage required for the fuel is more 6. Ash handling is a big problem. 7. Not economical in areas which are remote from coal fields 8. Fuel transportation, handling and storage charges are more 9. Number of persons for operating the plant is more than that of nuclear plants. This increases operation cost. 10. For large units, the capital cost is more. Initial expenditure on structural materials, piping, storage mechanisms is more. 1.2 Type of Basic Boilers thermodynamic cycles process of the Rankine cycle BOILER CYCLES In general, two important area of application for thermodynamics are: 1. Power generation 2. Refregeration Both are accomplished by systems that operate in thermodynamic cycles such as: a. Power cycles: Systems used to produce net power output and are often called engines. b. Refrigeration cycles: Systems used to produce refregeration effects are called refregerators 14 (or) heat pumps. Cycles can further be categorized as (depending on the phase of the working fluid) 1. Gas Power cycles In this cycle working fluid remains in the gaseous phase throughout the entire cycles. 2. Vapour power cycles In this case, the working fluid exists in the vapour phase during one part of the cycle and in the liquid phase during another part. Vapour power cycles can be categorized as a. Carnot cycle b. Rankine cycle c. Reheat cycle d. Regenerative cycle e. Binary vapour cycle Steam cycles (Ranking cycle) The Rankine cycle is a thermodynamic cycle. Like other thermodynamic cycle, the maximum efficiency of the Ranking cycle is given by calculating the maximum efficiency of the carnot cycle. 1.3 Process of the Rankine Cycle Figure: Schematic representation and T-S diagram of Rankine cycle. There are four processes in the Rankine cycle, each changing the state of the working fluid. These states are identified by number in the diagram above. 15 Process 3-4: First, the working fluid (water) is enter the pump at state 3 at saturated liquid and it is pumped (ideally isentropically) from low pressure to high (operating) pressure of boiler by a pump to the state 4. During this isentropic compression water temperature is slightly increased. Pumping requires a power input (for example, mechanical or electrical). The conservation of energy relation for pump is given as Wpump = m (h4 - h3) Process 4-1: The high pressure compressed liquid enters a boiler at state 4 where it is heated at constant pressure by an external heat source to become a saturated vapour at statel’ which in turn superheated to state 1 through super heater. Common heat source for power plant systems are coal (or other chemical energy), natural gas, or nuclear power. The conservation of energy relation for boiler is given as Qin =m (h1 - h4) Process 1 – 2: The superheated vapour enter the turbine at state 1 and expands through a turbine to generate power output. Ideally, this expansion is isentropic. This decreases the temperature and pressure of the vapour at state 2. The conservation of energy relation for turbine is given as Wturbine = m (h1 –h2) Process 2 – 3: The vapour then enters a condenser at state 2. At this state, steam is a saturated liquid- vapour mixture where it is cooled to become a saturated liquid at state 3. This liquid then re- enters the pump and the cycle is repeated. The conservation of energy relation for condenser is given as Qout = m (h2 – h3) The exposed Rankine cycle can also prevent vapour overheating, which reduces the amount of liquid condensed after the expansion in the turbine. Description Rankine cycles describe the operation of steam heat engines commonly found in power generation plants. In such vapour power plants, power is generated by alternatively vaporizing 16 and condensing a working fluid (in many cases water, although refrigerants such as ammonia may also be used.) The working fluid in a Rankine cycle follows a closed loop and is re-used constantly. Water vapour seen billowing from power plants is evaporating cooling water, not working fluid. (NB: steam is invisible until it comes in contact with cool, saturated air, at which point it condenses and forms the white billowy clouds seen leaving cooling towers). Variables Qin- heat input rate (energy per unit time) m= mass flow rate (mass per unit time) W- Mechanical power used by or provided to the system (energy per unit time)  - thermodynamic efficiency of the process (power used for turbine per heat input, unit less). The thermodynamic efficiency of the cycle as the ratio of net power output to heat input. W W W or Q Q  net turbine pump in out   W / Q net in 1.4 Real Rankine Cycle variation of Basic Rankine Cycle Real Ranking Cycle (Non-ideal) Figure: In a real Rankine cycle, the compression by the pump and the expansion in the turbine are not isentropic. In other words, these processes are non-reversible and entropy is increased during the two process (indicated in the figure). This somewhat increases the power required by the pump and decreases the power generated by the turbine. It also makes calculations more involved and difficult. Variation of the Basic Rankine Cycle: Two main variations of the basic Rankine cycle to improve the efficiency of the steam cycles 17 are done by incorporating Reheater and Regenerator in the ideal ranking cycle. Rankine cycle with reheat Figure: Schematic diagram and T-S diagram of Rankine cycle with reheat. In this variation, two turbines work in series. The first accepts vapour from the boiler at high pressure. After the vapour has passed through the first turbine, it re-enters the boiler and is reheated before passing through a second, lower pressure turbine. Among other advantages, this prevents the vapour from condensing during its expansion which can seriously damage the turbine blades. 4. Explain a) Regenerative Ranking Cycle b) Binary Vapour Cycle? The regenerative Ranking cycle is so named because after emerging from the condenser (possibly as a sub cooled liquid) the working fluid heated by steam tapped from the hot portion of the cycle and fed in to Open Feed Water Heater(OFWH). This increases the average temperature of heat addition which in turn increases the thermodynamics efficiency of the cycle. 18 Figure Binary Vapour Cycle Generally water is used a working fluid in vapour power cycle as it is found to be better than any other fluid, but it is far from being the ideal one. The binary cycle is an attempt to overcome some of the shortcomings of water and to approach the ideal working fluid by using two fluids. The most important desirable characteristics of the working fluid suitable for vapour cycles are: a .A high critical temperature and a safe maximum pressure. b. Low- triple point temperature c. Condenser pressure is not too low. d. high enthalpy of vaporization e. High thermal conductivity f. It must be readily available, inexpensive, inert and non-toxic. Figure: Mercury-steam binary vapour cycle 19 Figure: T-S diagram for Hg-steam binary vapour cycle. Therefore it can be concluded that no single working fluids may have desirable requirements of working fluid. Different working fluids may have different attractive feature in them, but not all. In such cases two vapour cycles operating on two different working fluids are put together, one is high temperature region and the other in low temperature region and the arrangement is called binary vapour cycle. The layout of mercury-steam binary vapour cycle is shown in figure. Along with the depiction of T-S diagram figure. Since mercury having high critical temperature (898C) and low critical pressure (180 bar) which makes a suitable working fluid will act as high temperature cycle (toppling cycle) and steam cycle will act as low temperature cycle. Here mercury vapour are generated in mercury boiler and sent for expansion in mercury turbine and expanded fluid leaves turbine to condenser. In condenser, the water is used for extracting heat from the mercury so as to condensate it. The amount water entering mercury condenser. The mercury condenser also act as steam boiler for super heating of heat liberated during condensation of mercury is too large to evaporate the water entering of seam an auxiliary boiler may be employed or superheating may be realized in the mercury boiler itself. From the cycle, The net work obtained, W   W  W  W net Hg H O pump 2 Since pump works are very small, it may be neglected. Work from Mercury Turbine, W m h h Hg g a b Work from Steam Turbine, W m h h steam steam 1 2 Pump work, W m h h m h h     pump Hg d c steam 4 3 Heat supplied to the cycle, Q m h h m h h h h     in Hg a d steam  1 6 5 4 Heat rejected,Qout = msteam (h2 –h3) W net Efficiency of binary vapour cycle,  bin vap Q  in 20 Net work done Head Supplied W W  W Hg H oO pump 2  Q in  m h h m h h    Hg a d steam 1 6  b i  h h   5 4 n v a p  m h  Hg a h m  b steam h h   1 2  1.5 Types of pulverised coal firing system (i) Unit system (or) Direct System (ii) Bin (or) Central system (iii) Semi direct firing system. Pulverised Coal Firing System: Pulverised coal firing is done by two systems: i) Unit system or Direct System. ii) Bin or Central system Unit System: In this system, the raw coal from the coal bunker drops on to the feeder. Figure: Unit System Hot air is passed through coal in the factor to dry the coal. The coal is then transferred to the pulverising mill where it is pulverised. Primary air is supplied to the mill, by the fan. The mixture of pulverised coal and primary air then flows to burner where secondary air is added. The unit system is so called from the fact that each burner or a burner group and pulverizer 21 constitute a unit. Advantages: 1. The system is simple and cheaper than the central system 2. There is direct control of combustion from the pulverising mill. 3. Coal transportation system is simple. Central or Bin System It is shown in figure. Crushed coal from the raw coal bunker is fed by gravity to a dryer where hot air is passed through the coal to dry it. The dryer may use waste flue gasses, preheated air or bleeder steam as drying agent. The dry coal is then transferred to the pulverising mill. The pulverised coal obtained is transferred to the pulverised coal bunker (bin). The transporting air is separated from the coal in the cyclone separator. The primary air is mixed with the coal at the feeder and the mixture is supplied to the burner. Figure: Central or Bin system Advantages 1. The pulverising mill grinds the coal at a steady rate irrespective of boiler feed. 2. There is always some coal in reserve. Thus any occasional breakdown in the coal supply will not affect the coal feed to the burner. 3. For a given boiler capacity pulverising mill of small capacity will be required as compared to unit system. Disadvantages 1. The initial cost of the system is high 2. Coal transport system is quite complicated 3. The system requires more space. Semidirect Firing System: A cyclone separator between the pulverizer and furnace separates the conveying medium from the coal. The hot primary air separated in the cyclone is used by the exhauster or primary air 22 fan to push the coal particles, falling by gravity from the cyclone, through the burners into the furnace. 6. Draw and Explain the working principle of (a) Fluidized Bed Combustion (b) Atmospheric bubbling bed combustor (c) Circulating bed combustor And write the advantages of fluidized bed combustion: Principles of Fluidized Bed Combustion Operation: A fluidized bed is composed of fuel (coal, coke, biomass, etc.,) and bed material (ash, sand, and/or sorbent) contained within an atmospheric or pressurized vessel. The bed becomes fluidized when air or other gas flows upward at a velocity sufficient to expand the bed. The process is illustrated in figure. At low fluidizing velocities (0.9 to 3 m/s). relatively high solids densities are maintained in the bed and only a small fraction of the solids are entrained from the bed. A fluidized bed that is operated in this velocity range is refered to as a bubbling fluidized bed (BFB). A schematic of a typical BFB combustor is illustrated in figure. Figure: Basic fluid bed Systems 23

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