Diesel generating plants have an important role in power plants as well as in industries and commercial installations to meet continuous and emergency standby power requirements. A good knowledge of basic operation principles, layout requirements, associated components and maintenance practices for diesel power plants help the career development of many engineers and technicians in today’s world. Whatever your role in industry - designer, purchase engineer, installation contractor or maintenance engineer - a solid knowledge of diesel power plants is always useful. This interactive online course is designed to allow you to become familiar with various aspects of diesel generating power plants for practical application in three (3) months.

Examples will be taken from various industrial standard practices regarding the construction, layouts, application and maintenance procedures followed for reliable and trouble free operation of diesel power plants. The various tests to be conducted during commissioning and maintenance checks to ensure proper and long term operation of diesel power plants will also be covered in the course.

Some of the essential systems such as fuel oil layouts, lube oil requirements and control circuitry will also be covered.

By the end of this 3-month interactive online course you will be able to:

  • Understand the principles of combustion processes and engine operation
  • Differentiate between the types and applications of diesel power generating plants
  • Understand fuel and lube oil requirements
  • Comprehend ISO ratings and terminologies
  • Explain the various engine components and their functions
  • Understand the generator principles and construction
  • Review plant layout requirements for single and multiple units
  • Learn about associated control panels and operation
  • Comprehend the testing and commissioning procedures
  • Understand plant performance troubleshooting techniques
  • Learn and apply good maintenance practices

Next intake starts August 03, 2015. There are limited places available.

Course Outline

MODULE 1: INTRODUCTION

  • Power generation methods 
  • AC power vs DC power
  • Single phase and three phase AC power
  • Prime movers
  • Power plant types
  • Diesel power plants 
  • Advantages of diesel power generation
  • Engine types

MODULE 2: DIESEL TECHNOLOGY AND CLASSIFICATIONS

  • Basic engine processes
  • Reciprocating engines
  • Spark ignition engines
  • Diesel engines
  • Dual fuel engines
  • Speed classifications
  • Service classifications

MODULE 3: BASIC ENGINE DESIGN AND RATINGS

  • Design characteristics and formulas
  • Turbo charger 
  • Ambient conditions 
  • ISO ratings
  • Performance and efficiency
  • Efficiency enhancements
  • Engine speed
  • Fuel combustion methods

MODULE 4: FUEL OIL SYSTEMS AND LAYOUTS

  • Crude oil 
  • HSD, LDO and heavy fuels
  • Economics of fuel selection
  • Pressure and temperature characteristics
  • Viscosity characteristics
  • Specific heat and temperature
  • Viscosity conversion
  • Specific fuel consumption
  • Fuel filters and heaters
  • Fuel nozzles and igniters
  • Emission control
  • Storage requirements
  • Typical fuel system layouts and components

MODULE 5: LUBE OIL SYSTEMS

  • Lube oil specification
  • Lube oil consumption in diesel engines
  • Typical lube oil system layouts
  • Viscosity and temperature
  • Lube oil filters and heaters

MODULE 6: GENERATORS

  • Principle of operation 
  • Major components (field coils, commutator, DC output, regulator, armature, rotating diodes) 
  • Generator types 
  • Construction features
  • Insulation
  • Low voltage and medium voltage generators
  • Typical circuitry 
  • Design calculations 
  • Load types and generator sizing  
  • System grounding methods
  • Faults and protection 
  • Performance evaluation and testing

MODULE 7: DIESEL GENERATING SETS

  • Coupling requirements
  • Skid mounting
  • Layout requirements
  • Paralleling of multiple DG sets
  • Standard control panels
  • Synchronisation panels
  • Interconnections

MODULE 8: OTHER COMPONENTS

  • Starting methods
  • Starting characteristics
  • Battery sizing
  • Step load requirements
  • Standby requirements
  • Auto start and auto transfer schemes
  • Auto transfer switches

MODULE 9: DG PLANT LAYOUTS

  • Industrial applications
  • Power generation plant applications
  • Single and multiple sets
  • Fuel storage requirements
  • Air intake system
  • Exhaust system
  • Auxiliary power requirements
  • Typical power schemes

MODULE 10: TESTING AND COMMISSIONING

  • Factory tests
  • Pre-commissioning checks
  • Pre-commissioning tests
  • Performance monitoring
  • Fuel and lube oil consumption checks
  • Electrical system tests

MODULE 11: OPERATION & MAINTENANCE

  • Safety requirements
  • Operation monitoring based on applications
  • Philosophy of maintenance
  • Maintenance techniques
  • Maintenance planning and scheduling
  • Spares and inventory management
  • Maintenance tools  
  • Inspection
  • Engine overhaul and repair
  • Training
  • Health monitoring  
  • Troubleshooting  

MODULE 12: HYBRID DIESEL SYSTEMS

  • Introduction to hybrid diesel power plant
  • Hybrid Diesel Solar-PV Generator 
  • Hybrid Diesel and Wind Generator Plant 
  • Importance of Diesel Generators in Hybrid Systems
  • Energy storage systems
  • Biodiesel from plant oils
  • Biodiesel from animal fat
  • Digester Biogas (Digas)
  • Producer/Wood Biogas

 

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How can an e-learning course be interactive?

Boredom can be a real danger, however, we use an interactive approach to our e-Learning – with live sessions instead of recordings.  The webinar software allows everyone to interact and involves participants in group work; including hands-on exercises with simulation software and remote laboratories where possible.  You can communicate with text messages, or live VoIP speech, or can even draw on the whiteboard during the sessions.

 

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