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Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati

Steam Power Engineering

Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati and NPTEL via Swayam


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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


Week 1: Vapour Power Cycles: Carnot cycle, Rankine cycle, reheat cycleWeek 2: Vapour Power Cycles: Regenerative cycle, steam cycles for nuclear power plant, back-pressure and extraction turbines and cogenerationWeek 3: Vapour Power Cycles: Low temperature power cycles, ideal working fluid and binary/multi-fluid cyclesWeek 4: Steam Generator: Subcritical and supercritical boilers, fluidized bed boilers, fire-tube and watertube,boilers, mountings and accessoriesWeek 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 nozzlesWeek 8: Cooling Tower: Hygrometry and psychrometric chart

Taught by

Prof. Vinayak N. Kulkarni



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