Circulating Water System Components

Learning objectives

  • Discuss common circulating water system designs
  • Identify components of a once through type system and describe their features
  • Identify components of a recirculating circulating water system and describe their features

Course overview

As discussed previously, modern electrical generation systems burn fossil fuels to produce heat, which is used to boil water to make steam. The energy in the steam is converted into mechanical energy in the turbine which is then converted to electrical energy in the generator. This process requires thousands of gallons of water per minute passing through the condenser. The primary function of the circulating water system is to provide a continuous supply of cooling water to the power plant condensers.

The Circulating Water System Components training course takes a closer look at some of the components that make up the circulating water system. This course describes the components and explains their functions, including:

  • Intake structure components
  • Circulating water pumps
  • Condensers
  • Cooling components

This online course is part of the Circulating Water System training series.

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