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The basics of steam generation and use

The basics of steam generation and use

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This chapter outlined the change of state of water to steam, followed by an overview of the basic principles of steam generation and use. This seemingly simple subject is extremely complex. This will necessarily be an overview: it does not pretend to be a detailed treatise and at times it will simplify matters and gloss over some details which may even cause the thermodynamicist or combustion physicist to shudder, but it should be understood that the aim is to provide the C&I engineer with enough understanding of the subject to deal safely with practical control system design, operational and maintenance problems.

Chapter Contents:

  • 1.1 Why an understanding of steam is needed
  • 1.2 Boiling: the change of state from water to steam
  • 1.3 The nature of steam
  • 1.3.1 The Carnot cycle
  • 1.3.2 The Rankine cycle
  • 1.4 Thermal efficiency
  • 1.5 The gas turbine and combined-cycle plants
  • 1.6 Summary
  • Reference

Inspec keywords: steam power stations

Other keywords: control system design; steam generation; operational problems; maintenance problems

Subjects: Steam power stations and plants

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