vST333 – Combined Cycle Steam Turbine Operation

vST333 – Combined Cycle Steam Turbine Operation

5 days (4-hours sessions) - 20 PDH Credits Awarded


No future dates scheduled


Learn (or re-affirm) proper operation of the steam turbine from the perspective of the control room operators.  Emphasis is on decision-making regarding safe and effective operation of steam turbine generator equipment: TG Instruments / Controls, Starting and Loading Procedures/Considerations, and those Abnormal Events that occur all too often.  Equipment discussed is normally a function of the participants' background.  Presentation includes industry events/case studies.

Learn how a machine is at risk in service.  Learn what are the symptoms of abnormal conditions and what might be proper corrective actions.  Learn the purpose and function of the turbine-generator controls, how the controls are properly operated, how the controls respond to system conditions and what is the type and purpose of various protective circuits.

This course is intended to have a positive impact upon steam turbine operator decision-making.  The course specifically targets Control Room Operators, wannabe CRO, and Shift Supervisors.  Plant engineers will benefit as well.  It has been HPC’s experience that all too often that the procedures for starting up and loading a steam turbine are to select “start” and let the computer do the sequencing.  Knowledgeable oversight of the computer processing is important.  This course is directed toward the development of operational personnel through the “understanding” of what considerations the ideal and automated procedures are based upon.  HPC believes that if personnel thoroughly understand the operating concepts the result will be less forced outages, improved efficiency and improved availability.


Upon completion of this course the participants will be able to:

  1. Describe those steam turbine components that are susceptible to damage in abnormal operating conditions.
  2. Describe the type of damage that could occur and what the operator can (or cannot) do to correct for the situation.
  3. Draw a simple block - diagram that describes all the elements of steam turbine controls: speed, load, and pressure control, the generation of a servomechanism signal, feedback and regulation.
  4. Describe each of those operating parameters monitored by turbine supervisory instruments: eccentricity, shell expansion, differential expansion, rotor expansion, thrust position, and vibration.
  5. Describe normal steam turbine start-up procedures.
  6. Describe normal steam turbine shutdown procedures.
  7. List and describe those actions that can be taken by operations to minimize efficiency losses.
  8. List abnormal conditions often experienced in operating steam turbine-generators, and for each abnormal condition discussed: Describe any operational symptoms, describe how the steam turbine-generator is at risk,
  9. Describe typical controls’ automatic response, and describe required (recommended) operator response.

Course dates / fee

This course is scheduled to be delivered in five one-half days.

  • $995 per registrant with enrollment at least 2-weeks prior to class date. This is to allow time to ship textbooks to registrant.  Registration inside the 2-week window will be charged an additional $95.
  • See TurbineGeneratorTraining.com for latest information on the course dates. Scheduled dates, as of this writing, are as follows:
    • May 24-28, 2021
    • July 19-23, 2021
    • September 20-24, 2021
    • October 25-29, 2021

HPC Technical Services reserves the right to cancel any course/seminar within 10-working days of the scheduled date.  Fees are 100% refunded or credited to another Seminar (clients' choice) if HPC should cancel any Seminar.

What you will receive

  1. 1 copy of HPC Technical Services' textbook, Combined Cycle Steam Turbine Operation, a $195 value, as written by Harold Parker. The textbook will be sent to the registered personnel approximately 2-weeks prior to course date.  Recognize that registration needs to be more than 2-weeks prior to scheduled course date to ensure the text will arrive prior to course date.
  2. A Certificate of Completion with 17.5 PDH awarded.

Approximate Course Outline


1-hour – Introduction

1-hours – FATT & Thermal Stress

2-hours - Turbine Supervisory Instrument Location & Function


2 hours – Steam Path

2-hours - Steam Turbine Control Concepts.


1 hour – Pre Warm Considerations

1 hour – Startup / Shutdown

2 hours – Normal Operations


2 hours - Vibration Analysis as an Indicator of Abnormal Operating Conditions

2 hours - Abnormal Conditions: Detection, Potential Results and Operator Action to Prevent Loss


3 hours - Abnormal Conditions: Detection, Potential Results and Operator Action to Prevent Loss Cont’d

1 hour – Course Conclusion

Frequently asked questions

  • Will HPC Technical Services present this course for our personnel only? YES, call or email Stephen Parker, Stephen@TurbineGeneratorTraining.com for a price quotation.
  • Will HPC Technical Services customize the presentation to suit our particular needs?
  • Can HPC Technical Services perform an audit of our operating procedures, or an In-Service Inspection? Yes we can.  Call or contact Stephen Parker, Stephen@TurbineGeneratorTraining.com for our rate sheets and any further information required.