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Thermal power plant simulator

For safe, efficient and economical thermal power plant operation, there are a significant numbers of thermal power plants around the world and new plants based on coal firing are put into operation almost weekly. This creates an increasing need for trained thermal power plant personnel. We offer a thermal power plant simulator that fulfills these training requirements.

The thermal power plant simulator model is ideally suited for both the training of newly-hired employees and refresher courses of personnel with earlier experience. The main purpose of the Thermal Power Plant simulator is to train and assess operators in the operation of Distributed Control Systems (DCS) and in plant operation, including training in plant start-up and shut-down, emergency situations and safety procedures.

Based on a real plant

We acknowledge that thermal power plant training must be based upon real installations, therefore our thermal power plant simulator is modelled on 210 MW unit of NTPC Badarpur power plant. The plant is fuelled with coal.

Utilizing real thermal power plant operation as the basis for simulation provides our students with a strong foundation, ensuring that their operational procedures and practices will enhance the plant economic efficiency and safety measures.

Learning objectives

The main purpose of the Thermal Power Plant simulator is to train and assess operators in general plant operation, including training in plant start-up and shut-down, supervision, monitoring and control during normal, emergency situations and in safety procedures. In addition the simulator can be used as a powerful tool for engineers and plant management to verify process design and control strategies prior to start-up of a plant as well as investigation and testing of operational problems that are normally not allowable under real plant normal operating conditions.

Our simulator is highly flexible and can be used in a number of different ways to suit the changing needs of the thermal power plant. To date; some of these uses are:

  • Test and tune control loops before implementing on a real system
  • Test and modify logic in a dynamic environment
  • Familiarize commissioning engineers with the plant and process dynamics
  • Allow commissioning engineers to test out different start-up procedures
  • Modify control and logic before installing on the real system
  • Check out new controls and operating strategies
  • Verify process design and study effects of modifications to the process by altering the model
  • Optimize the control system and process to maximize economic performance
  • Train the control operators and instrumental engineers prior to process start-up
  • Familiarize and train new plant personnel before they are assigned to the plant
  • Re-train experienced process operators to identify abnormal process conditions and methods of dealing with them
  • Re-train experienced operators to optimize the process for maximum economic performance
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