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Layout of steam power plant

The layout of steam power plant has the following circuits: 1. Fuel (Coal) and ash circuit 2. Air and flue gas circuit 3. Feed water and steam flow circuit 4. Cooling water flow circuit.



1.     Steam can be raised quickly from water


2.     It does not react much with materials.


3.     It is stable at temperatures required in the plant





The layout of steam power plant has the following circuits:


1.     Fuel (Coal) and ash circuit


2.     Air and flue gas circuit


3.     Feed water and steam flow circuit


4.     Cooling water flow circuit.





Layout of Steam power Plant


Coal and Ash Circuit:


         Coal from mines is delivered by ships, rails or trucks to the power station.


         Coal received at coal yard.



         Coal is sized by crushers, breakers etc.,


         The sized coal is stored in coal storage.


         From stock yard, the coal is transferred to the boiler furnace by means of conveyors, elevators etc.,


           The coal is burnt in the boiler and ash is formed.


         Ash coming out of the furnace will be too hot, dusty and accompanied by poisonous gases.


           The ash is transferred to the ash storage.


         Generally the ash will be quenched to reduce the temperature and the dust content.





         Air is taken from the atmosphere by the action of FD fan.


           It is passed through an air pre heater


           The air is preheated by the flue gases in the pre heater.


           This preheated air is supplied to the furnace to aid the combustion of fuel.


         Due to the combustion of fuel the flue gases are formed.


           The flue gases from the furnace pass over the boiler tubes and super heater tubes.


           Then the flue gases pass through economiser to heat the feed water.


           After that it passes through a dust collector.


It is then exhausted to atmosphere through chimney






La yout of Steam Power Plant

Water and Steam Circuit:


           The water is preheated by the flue gases in the economiser.


           This preheated water is then supplied to the boiler drum.


           Heat is transferred to the water by the burning of the coal.


•    Due to this, water is con verted into the steam.


           The steam raised in boil er is passed through a super heater.


         It is superheated by the flue gases.


           The turbine drives generator to produce electric power.


           The expanded steam is t hen passed through the condenser.


         In the condenser, steam i s condensed into water there circulated.





         The exhaust steam from t he turbine is condensed in the condenser.


           In the condenser, the cold water is circulated to condense the steam into water.


•   The steam is condensed b y losing its latent heat to the circulating the col d water.


         Hence the cold water get s heated.


           This hot water is then ta ken to a cooling tower.


           In cooling tower the water is sprayed in the form of droplets through nozzzles.


           The atmospheric air ente rs the cooling tower from the openings provided at the bottom of the tower.


           This cold water is again circulated through the pump, condenser and the cooling


         Some amount of water may be lost during circulation.


           Hence make up water is added to the pond by means of a pump



Layout of Steam ( Thermal) Power Plant

Energy Conversion Process:  

Chemical Energy (Fuel/Coal)  -- >

Heat Energy(Boiler)  -- >

Mechanical Energy(Turbine)  -- >

Electrical Energy(Generator)


Advantages of Steam Power Plant (Thermal plant)


         Life of plant is more (25-30 years ) compared to Diesel plant (2-5 years)

       Repair and maintenance cost is low when compared to diesel plant. Initial cost is less compared to nuclear plant.


           Suitable for varying load conditions.


           No radioactive harmful wastes are produced


           Unskilled operators can operate the plant.


           The power generation does not depend on the water storage.


           There are no transmission losses, as they are located near load centres.


Disadvantages of thermal power plant:


         Less efficient than diesel plants.


           Starting up and bringing into service takes more time.


         Cooling water required is more.


           Space required is more.


           Storage required for the fuel is more.


           Ash handling is a big problem


           Not economical in areas which are remote from coal fields.


           Manpower required is more.


           For large units, the capital cost is more.



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