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4.5 days - 2.9 (GE) Mk-VIe Steam Turbine Controls for Operators

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USD 2,895.00

The course combines good overall operational practices with specifics of the Mk-VIe control system. The Mk-VIe portion of the course is adjusted to specifically deal with level required by Operations personnel. To operate a machine safely and for the long-term, we need to have a good understanding of the basic theory, we need to know how different components might be placed at risk, we need to understand how the Mk-VIe control system “thinks”, how the Mk-VIe system files are utilized to an operators’ advantage, we need to know how and when the protective systems should react, and we need to know the importance of proper operation of the auxiliary systems. With respect to the protective systems, we need to understand the symptoms of some of the common problems, what actions the operator should (or should not) take, what actions protective systems should take, and when. This course discusses all of this in a generic fashion (that is not necessary specific to any given machine) – an on-site course content can be adjusted to deal with the specific application. A good big-picture is required to become a “skilled operator” and this course takes us down thatpath.
Topical Outline includes: Review of Steam Turbine Theory, Review of Steam Turbine Construction & Operating Principles, Introduction to Mk- VIe Architecture, Use of Mk-VIe Documentation, How to Use Toolbox Software to Read Logic Diagrams, Use of Mk-VIe to Troubleshoot Alarm Drops, Mk-VIe Interaction with Auxiliary Systems, Start Up Sequencing, Speed/Load Control, Servo Valve Drive Systems, Overspeed, Protective Circuits, Abnormal Conditions and Response. (For BWR participants we add Pressure and Bypass Valve Control I/O andAlgorithms.)
1.        1 copy of HPC Technical Services' textbook, (GE) Mk-VIe Steam Turbine Controls for Operators, drafted by HaroldParker.

2.        A Certificate ofCompletion
Upon completion of this course the participant will be able to:
  1. Describe the relationship of the various turbine components and how they may be at risk during operations.
  2. Given an alarm, describethe alarm source, probable causes and the corrective actions.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of steam turbine controls; speed, load and pressure control.
  4. Identify and describe the purpose of major hardware devices found in the Mk-VIe system.
  5. Describe how Mk-VIe operating screens interact with major turbine components.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to use Toolbox Software to access data that is pertinent to the operator.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to trace steam turbine specific control signals, using the “Toolbox” software.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to troubleshoot an equipment alarm from the Mk-VIe panel to the field device.  
  9. Demonstrate  the  ability  (or  knowledge  -- based  upon  equipment  availability)  to  more  efficiently  use  the  Mk-VIe  screens  for  evaluating  systems operation.  
  10. Demonstrate an understanding of how a trip signal is derived and applied.
  11. Demonstrate an understanding of the protective systems’ purpose, operation and test functions.Demonstrate knowledge necessary to implement OEM recommended online and off-line tests.




  1. Introduction
  2. Review of Steam Turbine Operational Fundamentals
  3. Mk-VIe Blockware Concepts and Hardware:  “MENGs, BENGs and Other Things”


  1. Mk-VIe Documentation:  Control Specs, Control Files, Inputs/Outputs
  2. Navigating Mk-VIe Using the Toolbox Software
  3. Troubleshooting an Alarm Drop using Toolbox Software and related control files
  4. Steam Turbine Control Concepts with Use of Mk-VIe Operating Screens and Toolbox Software


  1. Turbine Auxiliaries and Alarm Response with Use of Mk-VIe Operating Screens and Toolbox Software
  2. Turbine Speed/Load Control with Use of Mk-VIe  


  1. Valve Positioning: Hydraulic Actuation, Trip Oil, Testing
  2. Protection Systems


  1. Troubleshooting Mk-VIe Process (Turbine and Auxiliaries) Alarms  
  2. Examination (if applicable)