Power Plant Engineering

By Prof. Ravi Kumar   |   IIT Roorkee
Learners enrolled: 3360   |  Exam registration: 693
This Course provides a simple understanding of the power plant engineering. The course contains the details of steam and gas thermal power plants, hydro power plants, nuclear power plants, along with solar, wind and geothermal energy power systems in addition to the direct energy conversion. The economics of power generation and the environmental aspect of power generation are also being addressed in this course.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : UG students of Mechanical Engineering

INDUSTRY SUPPORT : All power plant industries
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Energy Systems
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 24 Jul 2023
End Date : 15 Sep 2023
Enrollment Ends : 07 Aug 2023
Exam Registration Ends : 21 Aug 2023
Exam Date : 24 Sep 2023 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 : The energy scenario, steam power plants, fuel handling, ash handling, chimney draught
Week 2 : Fossil fuel steam generators, high pressure boilers, performance of boilers, fuels and combustion, steam turbines
Week 3 : Impulse turbines, reaction turbines, feed water treatment, steam condensers, problem solving
Week 4 : Condensate feed water system, circulating water system, gas turbine cycles, combined cycles, hydro-electric, power plants
Week 5 : Classification of hydro-plants , hydraulic turbines, hydro plant controls, problem solving
Week 6 : Principles of nuclear energy, thermal fission reactors and Power Plants, Fast breeder reactors, solar energy, solar thermal energy
Week 7 : Solar thermal energy, direct energy conversion, wind energy, geothermal energy, energy from oceans
Week 8 : Energy storage, economics of power generation, economics of power generation, environmental aspect of power generation, problem solving

Books and references

  1. Black & Veatch, “Power plant Engineering”, CBS Publisher, 2005
  2. El-Wakil, M.M., “Power plant Technology”, McGraw-Hill Book Co, 2002
  3. Nag, P.K., “Power plant engineering”, Tata MacGraw Hill, 2008
  4. Modern Power Station Practical, CEGB, Pergamon Publisher, 1992
  5. Norris & Therkelsen, “Heat Power”, McGraw Hill, 1999
  6. Rust, J.H., “Nuclear Power Plant Engineering”, Haralson Pub. Co., 1999
  7. Potter, P.J., “Power Plant Theory & Design”, Kreiger Publishing Co., 1994

Instructor bio

Prof. Ravi Kumar

IIT Roorkee
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 in the Department and is actively involved in the research related with Solar Energy. He is a member of ASME, ASHRAE and IIFIIR.

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: 
24 September 2023 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 Roorkee.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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