Thermal Power Plants


The lecture covers both the basics of energy conversion and the process chain of energy carriers. In the further course of the lecture, the thermodynamic energy conversion processes that correspond to the current state of the art (coal-fired power plants, gas and steam power plants, combined gas and steam turbine power plants as well as nuclear power stations) are discussed. In addition, power plant and grid control is considered.

Educational Goals

Students gain in-depth insight into the thermodynamic principles of important power cycles, especially the Clausius-Rankine and the Joule-Brayton cycle, as well as combined cycles for natural gas and solid fuels. At the end of the module, they are able to solve problems related to the major components of power plants, such as pumps, compressors, turbines, steam generators and condensers. Beside conventional power plant technology, students also evaluate the influence of more advanced plant configurations and optimization concepts, such as supercritical steam parameters, preheating and reheating for modern and future power plants. After the successful completion of the module, they have acquired advanced knowledge with respect to the combustion of fuels, the combustion systems and the control of both grid and power plant. Furthermore, they learn about the working principles and the available technologies in terms of Solar and Nuclear Power Plants. They also analyze methods for carbon capture and storage/ utilization.

Dates and Information

Duration2 SWS
TermSommersemester 2023
Language of instructionEnglish


Admission information

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Note: Register for the lecture and the tutorial in TUM-online at the beginning of the semester and for the exam at the end of the semester. There are no requirements for registration.


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