Heat and mass balance diagram is a simulation tool for power plant monitoring. In the competitive power plant sector, it is essential for operational and maintenance engineers working in the power plant to have knowledge of their plant efficiency and performance factors. Such knowledge would enable them to understand the influence of various parameters on the equipment / system performance, which is vital for making correct interpretation of the equipment / system behaviour and to make necessary trouble shooting actions for optimization of system performance.
HMBD is a simulation tool that facilitates plant and control system design of thermal power plants. Simulated Head and Mass Balance Diagram includes mapping of individual parameters on individual equipment. Once the HMBD is simulated, the plant engineers can perform the thermodynamic analysis using the actual data.
A well-designed HMBD will allow to:
- See changes in plant and equipment performance
- Identify action levels so you can plan maintenance
- Increase reliability by identifying instrument issues before they affect plant operation
- Help staff understand how to optimize the plant
The performance of a power plant can be expressed through some common performance factors.
- Heat Rate
- Thermal Efficiency