Advanced Thermal Power Generation

Online /
November 21-22, and 25-26, 2024 /
Course Code: 15-1128-ONL24

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Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
Course Date is November 21-22, and 25-26, 2024 (4 days)

10 am to 1:15 pm daily Eastern Time (includes a 15-minute break)

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamentals and facts of power generation in various forms
  • Gain knowledge about the typical gas turbine and steam turbines and their energy cycles, operating principles, and functionality
  • Understand cogeneration and combined cycle plants
  • Understand the cost and environmental considerations of commercial power generation
  • Understand sustainable power generation technologies, including solar, geothermal, and tidal

This course covers the fundamentals of thermal power generation, including how gas and steam turbines work. Then, how, by the nature of their operational properties, we can benefit from combining their cycles is discussed.

The subjects of cogeneration and combined cycle plants are discussed in detail, emphasizing economic considerations and environmental impact. Sustainable power generation technologies, including solar, geothermal, and tidal power, are discussed in detail.

Course Outline

  • Introduction to Thermal Power Generation
  • Review of key thermodynamic concepts
  • Vapour power plants
  • Cogeneration
  • Gas turbines
  • Combined cycles
  • Steam generation from combustion
  • The inner workings of the steam turbine
  • Solar power
  • Geothermal power
  • Tidal power
  • Health and Safety

Who Should Attend
Those involved in power generation:
design engineers • facility engineers • engineering consultants • managers working in utility companies • power generation operators • utility companies technical personnel 

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Time: 10:00 AM - 1:15 PM Eastern Time

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Introduction to Thermal Power Generation

Review of Key Thermodynamic Concepts

Vapour Power Plants

  • The Rankine cycle
  • Superheating, ideal reheating
  • Irreversabilities
  • Regeneration


Gas Turbines

  • The Brayton cycle
  • Reheat, regeneration, intercooling

Combined Cycles

Steam Generation from Combustion

The Inner Workings of The Steam Turbine

  • The impulse principle
  • The velocity diagram for steam turbines
  • Impulse turbines
  • Reaction turbines
  • Gas turbines

Solar Power

Geothermal Power

Tidal Power

Health and Safety Considerations


Seth Dworkin, Ph.D., P.Eng., FCSME (he/him)

Dr. Seth Dworkin is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Canada Research Chair at Toronto Metropolitan University. He has over ten years of teaching experience in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics, including industry applications. He is also an active consultant for industry in the sustainable energy and geothermal sectors, having delivered more than twenty consulting reports for clients across Canada.

After completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering at McMaster University in 2003, Dr. Dworkin pursued a combined Masters and Ph.D. at Yale University, focusing on Computational Fluid Dynamics and combustion. He returned to Canada in 2009, taking a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Toronto. He joined the faculty at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) in 2011, where he has trained more than 40 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows and published more than 60 peer-reviewed journal papers in combustion and sustainable energy technologies. Dr. Dworkin has received numerous awards for his scholarly work, including the Professional Engineers of Ontario Young Engineer’s Medal.

In 2019, Dr. Dworkin was named a Fellow of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering. In 2020, he received a Research Excellence Award from the International Combustion Institute, recognizing his career research achievements.

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Fee & Credits

$1295 + taxes

  • 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 14 Continuing Professional Development Hours (PDHs/CPDs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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