Power Plant Life Management and Performance Improvement book cover

Power Plant Life Management and Performance Improvement

Coal- and gas-based power plants currently supply the largest proportion of the world’s power generation capacity, and are required to operate to increasingly stringent environmental standards. Higher temperature combustion is therefore being adopted to improve plant efficiency and to maintain net power output given the energy penalty that integration of advanced emissions control systems cause. However, such operating regimes also serve to intensify degradation mechanisms within power plant systems, potentially affecting their reliability and lifespan.

Power plant life management and performance improvement critically reviews the fundamental degradation mechanisms that affect conventional power plant systems and components, as well as examining the operation and maintenance approaches and advanced plant rejuvenation and retrofit options that the industry are applying to ensure overall plant performance improvement and life management.

Part one initially reviews plant operation issues, including fuel flexibility, condition monitoring and performance assessment. Parts two, three and four focus on coal boiler plant, gas turbine plant, and steam boiler and turbine plant respectively, reviewing environmental degradation mechanisms affecting plant components and their mitigation via advances in materials selection and life management approaches, such as repair, refurbishment and upgrade. Finally, part five reviews issues relevant to the performance management and improvement of advanced heat exchangers and power plant welds.

With its distinguished editor and international team of contributors, Power plant life management and performance improvement is an essential reference for power plant operators, industrial engineers and metallurgists, and researchers interested in this important field.

Hardbound, 704 Pages

Published: September 2011

Imprint: Woodhead Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-84569-726-6

Reviews

  • At a time when power generators seek to increase conversion efficiency as one of the ways of reducing emissions, this book provides a comprehensive review of the assessment of power plant performance, component lifetimes and future trends within the power industry. A valuable and timely publication., Professor Jim Williamson, Imperial College London, UK

Contents

  • Part 1 Power plant fuel flexibility, condition monitoring and performance assessment: Solid fuel composition and power plant fuel-flexibility; Condition monitoring and assessment of power plant components; Availability analysis of integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) power plants. Part 2 Coal boiler plant: Materials degradation, plant life management and performance improvement: Environmental degradation of boiler components; Creep in boiler materials: Mechanisms, measurement and modelling; Microstructural degradation in boiler steels: Materials developments, properties and assessment; Boiler steels, damage mechanisms, inspection and life assessment. Part 3 Gas turbine plant: Materials degradation, plant life management and performance improvement: Creep, fatigue and microstructural degradation in gas turbine superalloys; Gas turbine materials selection, life management and performance improvement; Gas turbine maintenance, refurbishment and repair. Part 4 Steam boiler and turbine plant: Materials degradation, plant life management and performance improvement: Steam oxidation in steam boiler and turbine environments; Steam boiler component loading, monitoring and life assessment; Steam turbine materials selection, life management and performance improvement; Steam turbine upgrades for power plant life management and performance improvement. Part 5 Heat exchangers and power plant welds: Materials management and performance improvement: High-temperature heat exchangers in indirectly fired combined cycle (IFCC) systems: Materials management and performance improvement; Heat recovery steam generators: Performance management and improvement; Power plant welds and joints: Materials management and performance improvement.

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