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Steam and Gas Power Systems

About the course

This Course provides a simple understanding of the steam and gas power systems. The course contains the analysis of vapour power cycle i.e. Rankine cycle, steam generators and their accessories, Performance of Boilers and combustion of fuel, high pressure boilers, flow through steam and gas nozzles, different type of steam turbines for power generation and condensers. The gas turbine cycle, working of gas turbines, centrifugal compressors, axial compressors and combustion chamber of gas turbines.

Intended audience
It is a core course for UG students of Mechanical Engineering.


Industries that will recognize this course
BHEL, NTPC and other private power industries.

Instructor Details

Dr. Ravi Kumar is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee. He has been teaching thermal engineering courses to UG and PG students of the Department. He is a member of ASME, ASHRAE and IIFIIR. He has supervised number of masters and doctoral students in this area.

Course Plan

Week-1 Review of Thermodynamics, Rankine Cycle, Performance of Rankine Cycle, Binary Vapour Cycle and Co-generation, Problem Solving.

Week-2 Steam Generators, Fire Tube Boilers, Water Tube Boilers, Boiler Mountings and Accessories, High Pressure Boilers- LaMont and Benson Boilers.

Week-3 High Pressure Boilers- Loeffer and Velox Boilers, Draught, Performance of Boilers, Combustion of Fuel,Problem Solving.

Week-4 Boiler Trial, Nozzles and Diffusers-Momentum and Continuity Equations, Nozzles and Diffusers-Efficiency and Critical Pressure, Nozzles and Diffusers-General Relationship and supersaturated Flow, Problem Solving.

Week-5 Steam Turbines, Compounding of Steam Turbines, Impulse Steam Turbines, Impulse Steam Turbine Performance,Problem Solving.

Week-6 Impulse-Reaction Steam Turbines, Impulse-Reaction Turbine Performance, Energy Losses in Steam Turbines,Condensers, Problem Solving.

Week-7 Gas Turbine Cycles, Gas Turbine Cycles- Performance Evaluation, Gas Turbine Cycles- Modifications, Problem Solving,Centrifugal Compressors.

Week-8 Centrifugal Compressor Characteristics, Axial Flow Compressors, Axial Flow Compressor Characteristics, Jet Propulsion,Problem Solving.

Suggested reading

  • Basic Engineering Thermodynamics, Rayner Joel, AWL
  • Roger Gordon & Yon Mayhew, Engineering Thermodynamics work and heat Transfer, Power Plant Engineering, P. K. Nag, TMGH     
  • Power Station Engineering and Economy, Skrotzki, GA Vopat, WA TMGH
  • El-Wakil M.M., Power Plant Technology, MGH
  • An Introduction to Energy Conversion (Vol. 3)-Turbomachinery, Kadambi, Prasad M., Willy
  • Gas Turbine Theory, Cohen H, Rogers GFC, Saravanamuttoo , Longman (4the Edn)
Certification Exam

The exam is optional for a fee. Exams will be on 26 March, 2017
Time: Shift 1: 9am-12 noon; Shift 2: 2pm-5pm
Any one shift can be chosen to write the exam for a course.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.

Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score
25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of Best 6 out of 8 assignments
E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup. It will have the logos of NPTEL and Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.