Nowadays large process engineering systems, such as steam power plants, are managed with process control systems. The ET 805 Steam Power Plant is specifically designed for training purposes in the field of power plant engineering with process control systems. Due to the size and complexity of the system, in many aspects the operating behaviour corresponds to that of actual large-scale plants, thereby enabling training that is as close to the real thing as possible. The plant consists of four separate modules and can therefore be flexibly adapted to the space available in the laboratory:
Module A steam generator assembly: a gas/oil-fired once-through steam boiler and a downstream electric superheater generate superheated steam. The feedwater circuit is equipped with a water treatment system with ion exchangers and chemical dosing.
Module B steam turbine assembly: the superheated steam is fed to a single-stage industrial turbine with speed control. This drives a synchronous generator which can be operated in grid connected or stand-alone mode. The exhaust steam from the turbine is condensed and fed back to the feedwater circuit.
Module C wet cooling tower: with forced draught for operation outdoors.
Module D control station: sensors capture all relevant plant parameters. The measured values are both output to the process control system with programmable logic controller and sent to a PC for data acquisition, where they are presented and analysed with GUNT software.
Operation of the plant is fully monitored and controlled by the process control system. It is operated via modern touchscreen technology on the control station. A safety system ensures the relevant components are shut-down and error conditions detected in critical operating states.