UN 0807 – Power Plant Thermodynamics

2016 Version


 March 19 & 20, 2016
 April 9 & 10, 2016
 April 23 & 24, 2016
 May 7 & 8, 2016
 Start Time:

  9:00 a.m.


  Lecturer Theatre
  Durham College – Whitby Campus
 1610 Champlain Avenue,  Whitby, ON, L1N 6A7


University of New Brunswick


  • Final date to Register – April 8, 2016
  • Last day to Drop Course – April 8, 2016


Registration in the UNENE M.Eng. or UNENE Diploma Program

Distance Education:

If you will be participating in the course using distance education please inform the instructor by email prior to the course commencing. Access to UN808 via distance ed course will be through Blackboard Collaborate

Course Description:
Theoretical and practical analysis of the following with particular reference to CANDU plants.
  • Thermodynamic Cycles: Nuclear versus conventional steam cycles, regenerative feedwater heating, moisture separation and reheating, tubine expansion lines, heat balance diagrams, available energy, cycle efficiency and exergy analysis.
  • Nuclear Heat Removal: Heat conduction and convection in fuel rods and heat exchanger tubes, heat transfer in boilers and condensers, boiler influence on heat transport system, boiler swelling and shrinking, boiler level control, condenser performance.
  • Steam Turbine Operation: Turbine configuration, impulse and reaction blading, blade velocity diagrams, turbine seals and sealing systems, moisture in turbines, part load operation, back pressure effects, thermal effects and turbine governing.
Course Schedule (subject to change)
  • Module 1 Thermodynamic Cycles
  • Module 2 Nuclear Heat Removal
  • Module 3 Steam Turbine Operation
  • Final Exam
Course Text – 2009 version, subject to change
Lecture Slides
Reference Information
  • See the Downloads page for engineering software and compilers, etc., including steam tables.
  • The following two text books are useful as references for some of the course material to give additional insight into plant technology.  They should be available at your local technical library
    • M.M. El-Wakil "Powerplant Technology" McGraw-Hill 1984, TK1001.E39, ISBN 0-07-019288-X
    • M.M. El-Wakil "Nuclear Heat Transport" American Nuclear Society 1971, 1978, 1993, ISBN 0-89448-014-6