Ultra-Supercritical Coal Power Plants

1st Edition

Materials, Technologies and Optimisation

Editors: Dongke Zhang FTSE
Hardcover ISBN: 9780857091161
eBook ISBN: 9780857097514
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 31st August 2013
Page Count: 304
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Chapter 1: Introduction to advanced and ultra-supercritical fossil fuel power plants


1.1 Introduction

1.2 Plant design and technology

1.3 Materials’ development for ultra-supercritical pulverised fuel plants

1.4 Advantages and limitations of ultra-supercritical power plants

1.5 Conclusions and future trends

1.6 About this book

1.7 Sources of further information and advice

Part I: Operating environments, materials and engineering of ultra-supercritical coal power plants

Chapter 2: Impacts of steam conditions on plant materials and operation in ultra-supercritical coal power plants


2.1 Introduction

2.2 Steam cycle configuration

2.3 Effects of dissolved solids and gases

2.4 Impact on materials’ selection for steam turbines

2.5 Impact on materials’ selection for boiler construction

2.6 Future trends

2.7 Conclusion

2.8 Sources of further information and advice

Chapter 3: Fuel considerations and burner design for ultra-supercritical power plants


3.1 Introduction

3.2 Fuel quality considerations

3.3 Coal handling, storage, processing, and preparation

3.4 Burner design

3.5 Alternative fuels and impacts on performance

3.6 Conclusion and future trends

3.7 Sources of further information and advice

Chapter 4: Materials for boilers operating under supercritical steam conditions


4.1 Introduction

4.2 Classification of supercritical boilers

4.3 Materials’ selection for major regions of the boiler

4.4 Cost of alloys and effect on material selection

4.5 Furnace water walls

4.6 Superheat and reheat tubing



The continued use of coal as a means of generating electricity and an increasing demand for cleaner, more efficient energy production has led to advances in power plant technology. Ultra-supercritical coal power plants reviews the engineering, operation, materials and performance of ultra-supercritical coal power plants.

Following a chapter introducing advanced and ultra-supercritical coal power plants, part one goes on to explore the operating environments, materials and engineering of ultra-supercritical coal power plants. Chapters discuss the impacts of steam conditions on plant materials and operation, fuel considerations and burner design, and materials and design for boilers working under supercritical steam conditions. Chapters in part two focus on improving ultra-supercritical coal power plant performance and operability. Ash fouling, deposition and slagging in ultra-supercritical coal power plants are highlighted along with pollution control measures and the estimation, management and extension of the life of ultra-supercritical power plants. Further chapters provide an economic and engineering analysis of a 700°C advanced ultra-supercritical pulverised coal power plant and discuss CO2 capture-ready ultra-supercritical coal power plants.

Ultra-supercritical coal power plants is a comprehensive technical reference for power plant operators and engineers, high-temperature materials scientists, professionals in the power industry who require an understanding of ultra-supercritical coal power plants and researchers and academics interested in the field.

Key Features

  • Provides a comprehensive reference on the developments, materials, design and operation of ultra-supercritical power plant
  • Considers the degradation issues affecting this type of plant, as well as emissions control and CO2 capture technology; improved plant controls critical to improved operation and environmental performance
  • Contains operational assessments for plant safety, plant life management, and plant economics


Power plant operators/utilities/engineers; High-temperature materials researchers/scientists; Plant operation, maintenance and management personnel and Academics in this field (from graduate to research professor)


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About the Editors

Dongke Zhang FTSE Editor

Professor Dongke Zhang is a Winthrop Professor and Director of the Centre for Energy at The University of Western Australia, Australia.

Affiliations and Expertise

The University of Western Australia