Power and Data Engineering (PDE)

Power Plants and Power Systems

Teaching Methods Lecture
Learning objectives / competencies

The students know in-depth fluid dynamics and mechanics of thermal and hydraulic  turbo-machinery. They know about different types of steam generators and understand their requirements with respect to fluid mechanics and heat exchange in two-phase-flow. The students are aware of instabilities, which can occur when operating steam generators. The students are able to formulate a specification sheet for the main components of thermal power plants. Optimization strategies for the operating conditions of power plants can be judged and examined in a qualified way.


Duration 1
SWS 8.0
Classes 60
Self-study / group work: 60
Workload 120
ECTS 8.0
Requirements for awarding credit points

written exam 120 minutes

Credits and Grades

8 credit points

Responsible Person

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Treffinger
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Jatzlau

Frequency Annually (ws)

Master PDE


Power Plants / Kraftwerke

Type Vorlesung/Übung
Nr. M+V3046
SWS 4.0
Lecture Content

1. Energie und Kraftwerk / energy and power plant
2. Wärmefreisetzung / heat release
3. Apparate im Kraftwerk / components in power plants
4. Verwendung von Wärme und Kraft / Use of heat and power
5. Massen- und Energietransport  / mass and energy transport
6. Function of power stations
7. Basic idea of construction of power stations
8. Flexibility, transient operation, life cycle models in the context of flexible operation
9. Exercises: solving energy balances



  • Nag; Power Plant Engineering;  McGrawHill, 2014
  • El-Wakil; Powerplant Technology; McGrawHill, 1995
  • Dolezal; Energetische Verfahrenstechnik; Teubner Stuttgart, 1983
  • VDI-Wärmeatlas



Type Vorlesung/Übung
Nr. M+V3054
SWS 4.0
Lecture Content

1. Introduction and Overview
1.1. General
1.2. Working Fluid Water
1.3. Working Fluid Air
1.4. Combined Cycles
1.5. Possibilities / Major Components
1.6. Sites
1.7. Brief Economy
1.8. Cost Discussion
1.9. Optimization
1.10. Energy Consumption in Germany

2. Thermodynamic Review

3. Power Boilers

3.1 Furnaces
3.1.1 Fuels Solid Fuels Liquid Fuels Gaseous Fuels
3.1.2 Combustion Calculation
3.1.3 Combustion Systems Grate Firing Fluidized Bed Combustion Dust Firing Combustion of Liquid and Gaseous Fuels
3.1.4 Operation Problems
3.2 Power Boilers
3.2.1 Historical Look back
3.2.2 Heat transport
3.2.3 Basics of Twophase Flows Heattransfer with Twophase Flows Boiling Crises Pressure Loss with Twophase Flows
3.2.4 Boiler Systems and Types Shell-Type Power Boilers (Fluegas Tube SG) Water Tube Power Boilers Heat Recovery Power Boilerss
3.2.5 Design of a Power Boiler Balance Power Plant (Heat Process Diagram) Total Balance Steam Generator Arrangement and Balance of Heating Areas Materials for Boilers Design of Heating Areas
3.2.6 Aspects of Construction
3.2.7 Starting, Shut-Down and Control of Boilers
3.3 Nuclear Boilers

4. Steamturbines
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Operating processes
4.3 main equation of the theory of turbines
4.4 working processes
4.4.1 constant pressure (=simple impulse) turbine
4.4.2 overpressure / reaction turbine
4.4.3 radial turbines
4.4.4. comparison between simple impulse and reaction turbines
4.4.5 specific numbers of the machine
4.4.6 performance / power and consumption
4.5. Fundamentals of turbine control
4.6. Miscellaneous
4.6.1 Casing
4.6.2 Rotor types
4.6.3 Blade roots
4.6.4 Cover Bands and Tie Wire
4.6.5 Bearing

  • Dolezal; Energetische Verfahrenstechnik; Teubner Stuttgart, 1983
  • Thomas, Thermische Kraftanlagen, Springer Berlin, 1984
  • El-Wakil; Powerplant Technology; McGrawHill, 1995
  • VDI-Wärmeatlas, Springer, Berlin, 2006
  • Nag; Power Plant Engineering; McGrawHill, 2014
  • Strauss, Kraftwerkstechnik, SpringerVieweg, Berlin, 2016