Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Power Engineering

ME 43000 / 3 Cr. (3 Class)

Rankine cycle analysis, fossil-fuel steam generators, energy balances, fans, pumps, cooling towers, steam turbines, availability (second law) analysis of power systems, energy management systems, and rate analysis.


"Powerplant Technology”, Mohamed M. El-Wakil, McGraw-Hill, 1984.


The primary objective of this course is to give the engineering student a basic understanding of the fundamental concepts associated with various power engineering energy systems.  Many of the principles considered are classical an have been well-established for many years.


After completion of this course, the students should be able to:

  1. Understand and discuss the energy resources and energy systems available for the production of electric power in the US and the world.
  2. Analyze the efficiency and output of modern Rankine cycle steam power plants with superheat, reheat, regeneration, and irreversibilities.
  3. Calculate the performance of gas turbines with reheat and regeneration, and discuss the benefit of combined cycle power plants.
  4. Explain the major types of solar energy power and wind turbine power and estimate power generation potential.
  5. Explain the basic principles of nuclear power plants, such as pressurized-water, boiling-water, and heavy-water reactors.
  6. Discuss power generation from renewables and alternative fuels and heat sources.
  7. Discuss the basic control methods of major pollutants emitted from fossil fuel power plants.
  8. Understand and discuss the environmental impact of electric power production on air quality, climate change, water, and land.
  9. Perform the preliminary design/analysis of the major components or systems of a conventional or alternative energy power plant.
  1. Introduction to Power Engineering
    • Energy Resources
    • Energy Conversion
    • Power Generation
    • Environmental Impact
    • Regulatory and Market Factors
    • Definitions and Units
  2. Review of Thermodynamics (Chap. 1)
    • The First Law
    • The Second Law
    • The Carnot Cycle
  3. The Rankine Cycle (Chap. 2)
    • The Ideal Cycle
    • Irreversible Cycle
    • Regeneration and Reheat
    • Feedwater Heating
  4. Fossil-Fuel Steam Generators (Chap. 3)
    • Boiler Technology
    • Fans, Stack, and Other Components
    • Steam-Generator Control
  5. Fuels and Combustion (Chap. 4)   
    • Coal and solid fuels
    • Liquid and gas fuels
    • Fuel conversion for environmental benefits: fossil/bio/synthetic
    • The Heat of Combustion
    • Heating Value
    • Combustion Temperature