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Insight for in-situ machinists: How a thermal power plant works

Posted by Alan Hillier on Jul 23, 2018 4:59:14 PM




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Most of you reading this article be technically minded enough to know that a thermal power station works by converting heat energy into electric power. The basic process is easy to grasp - water is heated to create steam,  steam powers the turbine, the turbine drives an electrical generator. Simple enough, what else is there to know? - Well there’s more going on than you might think.

The YouTube video shown here, (created by Learn Engineering) does a fantastic job explaining each stage of the power generation process in a clear and concise way. Take a look and see what you think. 

From an in-situ machining perspective, you’ll notice there’s lots going on as regards pipework and rotating components, which means plenty of potential for in-situ machining work.

Important maintenance and construction projects such as these can be carried out using portable machine tools. Commonest examples are;

If you’ve got project in mind click here to get in touch with your regional Mirage technical sales representative who will advise you on machine selection.

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