McHale & Associates, Inc.



McHale & Associates has conducted heat rate improvement and power plant performance monitoring courses for plant performance engineers and operators.

Some typical training topics include:

  • Uncertainty
  • Basic thermodynamics
  • Plant thermodynamic design cycle
  • Plant efficiency and losses
  • Impact of operational parameters on heat rate and efficiency
  • Individual component performance
  • Review of test codes, instrumentation, methodology and calculations
  • Sample problems

Classroom and Hands-On Operator Training:

  • Typically two days of classroom sessions to discuss course content
  • Plant lineup walk down
  • Identify sources of thermal losses
  • Observe plant operations
  • Controllable losses

One on One Engineer Training:

  • Review cycle heat balances, thermal kit and other component performance de-sign information
  • Review component and overall plant testing, plant and performance testing instrumentation, data requirements, test model inputs/outputs, and sensitivity of results to variations in operational parameters.


  • Results of the training program
  • Client feedback

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