Advanced Performance Analysis and Troubleshooting for Power Plants

Denver, Colorado
Monday, September 18, 2017

The first 3-1/2 days of this course (18-21 Sept 2017) are on the Rankine Cycle.
The last 3-1/2 days of this course (19-22 Sept 2017) are on the Combined Cycle.
Advanced Performance Analysis and Troubleshooting for Power Plants
Monday, September 18, 2017 8:30 AM -
Friday, September 22, 2017 12:00 PM (Mountain Time)

Hilton Garden Inn Denver Downtown
1400 Welton Street
Denver, Colorado 80202
United States

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Basic familiarity with equipment performance test methods and power plant thermodynamics.

Course Description 
This  4-1/2 day course is designed to teach attendees how to diagnose root causes of fossil and combined cycle power plant performance deficiencies. Attendees have the option of attending the first 3-1/2 days on the Rankine cycle plant or the last 3-1/2 days on the combined cycle plant. Topics are optimally arranged to allow engineers from both plant types to pick and choose the equipment of most interest to them without any loss of continuity.

Over 25 different case studies are presented and solved, beginning with test data on specific components, followed by pertinent performance calculations, and ending with a "root cause" analysis of the problem. Diagnostic flowpaths, using "expert system" techniques, are provided for many of the case studies. The case studies are based on GP Strategies' extensive experience in troubleshooting and testing all types of power plant equipment.   

Course Content
  • Boilers and Air Heaters   
  • Feedwater Heaters
  • HRSGs
  • Steam Turbines
  • Gas Turbines
  • Pumps
  • Condensers and Auxiliaries
  • Combined Cycle
Course Objectives
At the end of this course, students should be able to:
  • Recognize the principles of thermodynamics and heat transfer.
  • Identify where thermal losses occur.
  • Determine if problems are due to equipment or operational difficulties.
  • Act to effectively control heat rate.
  • Monitor improvements and continually reassess strategies for optimum performance.

Who Should Attend
This course is for experienced power plant engineers and managers who are familiar with the ASME PTCs and knowledgeable in power plant components/systems.

Course Duration:
28 Hour(s)


Contact Information

Payment Instructions

  • Cost:  4-1/2 days  $1,950
               3-1/2 days  $1,750
    Registration fee includes continental breakfast, and morning and afternoon breaks.

    Please send check or Purchase Orders to:
    GP Strategies Corporation
    Attn: Sandy Lee
    25 Northpointe Pkwy
    Suite 100
    Amherst, NY 14228


    Email/Fax Purchase Orders to:
    Phone: +1.716.799.1080
    Fax:     +1.716.799.1081

    Course Materials
    The textbook, Advanced Performance Analysis and Troubleshooting for Power Plants, diagnostic flow charts, and steam tables are provided. Attendees are requested to bring a laptop computer with Microsoft® Excel™. Each attendee will receive a personal copy of the latest version of GPCALCS™ software prior to attending the training course.
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