Steam Power Engineering

By Prof. Vinayak N. Kulkarni   |   IIT Guwahati
Learners enrolled: 605
This course deals with the steam power plants. One part of the course is about simple steam power cycle, reheat, regeneration and superheating. Further actual cycle with component efficiencies would also be discussed. Then each component of the plant is discussed detail. Initially, types of steam generators and their parts highlighted. Then steam turbine, its type, efficiency and arrangements are focused. Thus this course would provide an understanding on electricity generation or transportation application using steam as working medium.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Undergraduate students of Mechanical engineering. (5 th semester onwards), industry personnel associated from thermal power plant; faculty members associated with Mechanical /Chemical/ Automobile engineering.

PREREQUISITES:  Basic UG-level Thermodynamics

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Energy Systems
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 16 Sep 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 25 Sep 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1:  Vapour Power Cycles: Carnot cycle, Rankine cycle, reheat cycle
Week 2:  Vapour Power Cycles: Regenerative cycle, steam cycles for nuclear power plant, back-pressure and 
                extraction turbines and cogeneration
Week 3:   Vapour Power Cycles: Low temperature power cycles, ideal working fluid and binary/multi-fluid cycles
Week 4:   Steam Generator: Subcritical and supercritical boilers, fluidized bed boilers, fire-tube and watertube,boilers, mountings and accessories
Week 5:   Steam Turbine: Impulse and reaction stage, degree of reaction, velocity triangle,
Week 6:   Steam Turbine: efficiencies Velocity and pressure compounding,
Week 7:   Steam Turbine: Reheat factor and nozzles
Week 8:   Cooling Tower: Hygrometry and psychrometric chart

Books and references

  1. G. F. C. Rogers and Y. R. Mayhew, Engineering Thermodynamics Work and Heat Transfer, 4 th Ed., Pearson, 2001.
  2. T. D. Eastop and A. McConkey, Applied Thermodynamics for Engineering Technologists, 5th Ed., Pearson, 2003 
  3. P. K. Nag, Powerplant Engineering, 2nd Ed., Tata McGraw Hill, 2002.

Instructor bio

Prof. Vinayak N. Kulkarni

IIT Guwahati
Dr. Vinayak N. Kulkarni is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering ofIndian Institute of Technology Guwahati since January 2015. He completed his undergraduate studies inMechanical Engineering in the Shivaji University, Maharashtra, India. His post graduation and PhD isfrom Aerospace Engineering Department of Indian Institute of Science Bangalore. His teachinginterests are basic and applied thermodynamics, gas dynamics, aircraft propulsion and fluid mechanics.His research interests are experimental and computational compressible flows, IC engines and non-conventional energy.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 25 September 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
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. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Guwahati. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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