About The Course

This training course is primarily intended for experienced O&M staff working in thermal power and process plants as well engineering and management staff at the corporate level. The objective is to give attendees all the essentials for effective determination of the root cause of failures that can occur in the boiler or associated steam balance-of-plant. The principal failure modes are reviewed, with focus on those occurring in the boiler, critical piping and other key components such as pressure vessels and condensers.


Major emphasis is placed on analyzing how upstream events in the steam cycle process can lead to failures in downstream components. Several actual failure case histories treated by Tetra Engineering staff at plants around the world are presented, providing attendees with practical application of the presented concepts.

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain an overview of the most common damage mechanisms, either on the waterside or fire/gas/air-side, that can affect components in the steam cycle
  • Understand how to define the problem, collect the evidence and then identify the component failure mechanism, which is not the same as the failure root cause.
  • Acquire insight into the various root cause analysis methods, their respective merits and how several were applied in some actual case studies

Who Should Attend

Engineers of all disciplines, managers, technicians, design, maintenance and operations personnel, and other technical individuals who need a comprehensive introduction to practical optimization, operation and design considerations of a major combined cycle power plant.

Course Faculty - James W. Malloy

James is Principal Engineer and Partner at Tetra Engineering, a leading engineering and inspection consultancy in the thermal power generation sector.   Their services assist clients in assuring the performance and integrity of their steam cycle .  His areas of specialization are thermal process modeling and analyzing degradation and failure modes in pressure part components.  He originally trained and worked as a nuclear engineer and in the machine control sector before joining Tetra in 1991.


CRE S.A., Sophia Antipolis, France   

1987-1991 : Lead Engineer, worked on the design and development of real-time systems for controlling diesel generators and turbines.


Raytheon Company, Development Laboratory, Sudbury, MA. USA    

1983-1987 : Performed engineering and analyses to improve the resistance of defense electronic systems to spatial environments and effects of nuclear radiation.


Combustion Engineering Inc., Nuclear Division, Windsor CT. USA  

1980-1982 : Worked in the reactor physics group designing nuclear fuel reloads for US commercial power reactors







Review of Steam Cycle Damage Mechanisms

Steam Cycle Components and Failure Modes

Collecting Evidence and Identifying the Failure Mechanism

Root Cause Analysis Methods

Sample Case Histories and Discussion

This training course has a limited attendance for up to 20 participants only. Sessions commence at 9am on all days, with short intervals at 10.30am and 3.30pm respectively. Refreshments will be provided in the short intervals. Lunch will be provided at 12:30pm for 1 hour. Sessions will end at 5pm on all days.

Unique Features with powerEDGE Training

• Pre-Course Questionnaire to help us focus on your learning objectives
• Detailed Course & Reference Manual for Continuous Learning and Sharing
• Practical Exercises & Case Examples to better understand the principles
• Limited class size to ensure One-to-One Interactivity
• Assessment at the end of the course to help you develop a Personal Action Plan