Steam Turbines: Operation and Maintenance

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Virtual or Classroom
20hr Content
Registration deadline: 15 July 2024

Custom Scheduling
Dr Dimitri Antoniadis

Format: Instructor-led

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Course Objective

To teach students high level practical skills in the operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of steam turbines.

Private course for team

Custom scheduling

Industry Expert

On-site or virtual

1-year access

to course material

PDH Hours qualified course

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About the course


   Live sessions

   20hr Content




This instructor led course explains steam turbines from an operation and maintenance perspective. First the working of a steam turbine is explained and the components, ranging from the casing and the HP turbine, to the seals and the coupling are detailed. The auxiliary oil systems, the sealing, the supervisory control systems and the steam regulation valves are then explained.

The participants will be shown the control options for a Steam Turbine. What is the function of the Governor? What is the architecture of the trip system? What automatic protections are built into a steam turbine? Common maintenance procedures, such as opening the casing and removing the rotor, and adjustment or removal of the journal bearing are then explained The training course concludes with performance monitoring and troubleshooting. Participants are shown how vibration analysis can be used to identify problems in the steam turbine such as rotor rub or an unbalance, and how the performance of the steam turbine can be monitored using which measurement points.

The course is formed of 11 modules split across 20 training hours. All modules will be live sessions with the instructor. This training course is available as a company in-house training only; there is a choice between an online training or an onsite training. All training materials will be available through your EngineeringTrainer account.

After the course you maintain 1-year unlimited access to the course, including any new course material. This allows you to perform modules again should you need to refresh your knowledge.


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Power Plant Maintenance Manager

Rotating equipment: maintenance, upgrades, operation and troubleshooting


Program & Details

  1. Types of Turbines

  2. Thermodynamics of a Steam Turbine

  3. Reaction vs Impulse Turbine

  4. Velocity and Pressure Compounding

  5. Classification of Steam Turbines

  6. Products and Markets

  1. Steam Turbine Casing

  2. Supports and Foundations

  3. Piping Loads on Nozzles

  4. High and Intermediate Pressure Turbines (HP and IP)

  5. Low Pressure (LP) Turbine

  6. HP Pedestal

  7. Turbine Blades and Guide Vanes

  8. Thrust and Journal Bearings

  9. Sealing

  10. Condensor and Steam Injector

  11. Coupling

  12. Applications and Examples

  1. Oil Film Dynamics

  2. Turbine Oil Specification

  3. Main Oil Pump

  4. Lube Oil Supply System

  5. Jacking Oil and Barring Gear System

  6. Generator Seal Oil System

  7. Generator Stator Water Cooling System

  8. Gland Seal System

  1. Control Modes

  2. Governor Types

  3. Turbine Supervisory Instrumentation (TSI)

  4. Steam Turbine Speed Control

  5. Digital Electro-Hydraulic Control System (D-EHC)

  6. Load Control

  7. Partial and Full Arc Admission

  1. Operating Transients

  2. Shell Expansion

  3. Differential Expansion

  4. Casing-Rotor Temperatures

  1. Steam Turbine Control Concepts

  2. Governors and Droop

  3. Converters and Servomotors

  4. Governing System

  5. Trip Devices

  6. Trip System Architecture

  7. Protections from Lubrication Oil System

  8. Protections from TSI

  9. Protections from Bearing Metal Temperature

  10. Protections from Seal Oil System

  11. Protections from LPT and HPT

  12. Protections from Condenser and Boiler Trip

  13. Protections from Overspeed

  1. Planning and Scheduling

  2. Thermal Bow Repair: Opening Casing and Rotor Removal

  3. Journal Bearing Removal and Inspection

  4. Journal Bearing Pad Clearance Measurement and Adjustment

  5. Thrust Bearing Inspection and Refurbishment

  6. HP to LP Coupling

  1. Steam Admission Valves

  2. Main Stop Valves

  3. Governing Valves

  4. Interceptor Valve

  5. Reheat Stop Valve

  6. Emergency Stop and Control Valves

  7. Turbine Exhaust and Safety Valves

  1. HP, IP and LP Turbine Shell Clearance

  2. Rimface Alignment

  1. Signal Processing and Vibration Signature Curve

  2. Diagnosing Unbalance

  3. Diagnosing Misalignment

  4. Mechanical Looseness

  5. Rotor Rub

  6. Cavitation and Flow Turbulence

  7. Electrical Problems

  8. Gears and Bearings

  9. Monitoring

  10. Sensor Types and Positioning

  1. Common Malfunctions and Actions

  2. Blade Failures due to Low Load

  3. Monitoring the Operating Point

  4. Thermodynamics and Power Output

  5. Flow Measurement


After this course, you...

  • have a comprehensive knowledge of the main components in a steam turbine, including lubricating oil systems, steam and water seal systems, and hydraulic power units

  • are able to identify the locations of the turbine supervisory instrumentation and describe their functions

  • understand the different control concepts for a steam turbine

  • know how to perform thorough examinations of the cause and effects of thermal stress on normal turbine operations

  • are able to disassemble and assemble major turbine components safely, and can play an active role in improving inspection/repair techniques

  • are able to identify irregular operating conditions based on the vibration measurements for different components

  • understand how to detect abnormal conditions, and can propose potential solutions and loss prevention methods

Who should attend this course

  • Engineers and technicians who are involved in the operation and maintenance of Steam Turbines at power plants, petrochemical plants, production oil/gas fields and process plants

  • Those who would like to gain an in-depth knowledge of steam turbine design, operation and maintenance


  • Engineering B.Sc diploma or equivalent, or 5 years practical experience with Steam Turbines

Level: Intermediate

Live sessions

This course consists of instructor-led group sessions, these group sessions can be Virtual or Onsite. During these sessions participants can ask questions to the instructor which are discussed, as well as questions submitted beforehand in the learning portal.

After each live session used slides and exercise documents are made available to participants on the learning portal.

Please note that for privacy reasons no recordings of the live sessions are made or provided.

You receive 1-year unlimited access to the course. This allows you to watch content again if this is beneficial for your daily work activities.

The live sessions are scheduled together with the customer and are private for their team only. 

Typically the training course would be scheduled as:

  • Virtual: 10 sessions of 2 hours

  • Onsite: 5 days of 4 hours plus breaks

A personal digital certificate will be made available to each participant upon full attendance.

Example Certificate:


This course consists of instructor-led live sessions which consist of presentations, demonstrations and discussions of questions. During each live session participants can ask questions to the instructor (through chat or microphone) which will be answered.

Please note that for privacy reasons no recordings of the live sessions are made or provided.

The training material used in the live sessions, for example the slides or exercises, will be available in the EngineeringTrainer portal for a year after the date of the training allowing you to refresh your knowledge or review material if needed. 

No, course content is not available for download.

The training material used in the sessions, for example the slides or exercises, will be available in the EngineeringTrainer portal for a year after the date of the training allowing you to refresh your knowledge or review material if needed. 

Please note that for privacy reasons no recordings of the live sessions are made or provided. 

Yes, interactive Q&A sessions are part of the live sessions in this course and allow you to interact with the instructor and ask questions.

To respect the privacy of the participants the live sessions will not be recorded, and as such the live sessions cannot be played back. Therefore it is important for all participants to block the time slots of the live sessions in their calendars and be present. 

No software licenses are provided as part of this course. 

Yes, this course qualifies for PDH hours as per the NCEES CPC Guidelines.

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