Power Plant Life Management and Performance Improvement

1st Edition

Editors: John Oakey
Hardcover ISBN: 9781845697266
eBook ISBN: 9780857093806
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 28th September 2011
Page Count: 704
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Woodhead Publishing Series in Energy

Foreword

Part I: Power plant fuel flexibility, condition monitoring and performance assessment

Chapter 1: Solid fuel composition and power plant fuel flexibility

Abstract:

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Fuel chemistry and characterisation

1.3 Use of alternative fuels in combustion power plants and application of technology to improve fuel flexibility

1.4 Future trends

1.5 Sources of further information and advice

Chapter 2: Condition monitoring and assessment of power plant components

Abstract:

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Monitoring boiler and heat recovery steam generator

2.3 Steam turbines and generators

2.4 Condition monitoring of gas turbines

2.5 In situ assessment of gas turbine hot parts by non- destructive techniques

2.6 Remote monitoring solutions

2.7 Future trends

Chapter 3: Availability analysis of integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) power plants

Abstract:

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Basic structure of integrated gasification

3.3 Availability issues of the ASU

3.4 Availability issues of the gasification unit

3.5 Availability issues of acid gas removal (AGR) and sulfur recovery

3.6 Availability issues of the combined cycle

3.7 Summary of existing plants

3.8 Forecast based on RAM modeling

3.9 Future trends

Part II: Coal boiler plant: materials degradation, plant life management and performance improvement

Chapter 4: Environmental degradation of boiler components

Abstract:

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Component operating environments

4.3 Degradation mechanisms and modeling

4.4 Quantification of damage and protective measures

4.5 Future trends

4.6 Sources of further information and advice

Chapter 5:


Description

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.

Key Features

  • Provides an overview of the improvements to plant efficiency in coal- and gas-based power plants
  • Critically reviews the fundamental degradation mechanisms that affect conventional power plant systems and components, noting mitigation routes alongside monitoring and assessment methods
  • Addresses plant operation issues including fuel flexibility, condition monitoring and performance assessment

Readership

Power plant operators, industrial engineers and metallurgists, and researchers interested in this important field.


Details

No. of pages:
704
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Woodhead Publishing 2011
Published:
Imprint:
Woodhead Publishing
eBook ISBN:
9780857093806
Hardcover ISBN:
9781845697266

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


About the Editors

John Oakey Editor

Professor John E. Oakey is Head of the Energy Technology Centre at Cranfield University, UK, and is renowned for his work on advanced materials and technologies for energy systems and plant life extension.

Affiliations and Expertise

Cranfield University, UK