MSPE /NSPE Student Chapter Tours Iatan Power Plant 2

The April 13 Iatan Power Plant 2 field trip sponsored by SCE’s MSPE/NSPE Student Chapter, provided 20 SCE engineering students a first-hand look at the state of the art coal-fired electric power Iatan Generation Station Unit 2 which opened in 2010. Iatan 2, erected over a five-year period, was one of the largest and most complex construction projects in Missouri and KCP&L history [Source: KCP&L]. Prior to the tour, students were given an overview talk by KCP&L engineer John Modlin, P.E. that demonstrated how the various systems worked with emphasis on the fundamental thermodynamics of coal fired power plants. Guided by John and Mark Ward of KCP&L, SCE students then examined the boiler, generation unit, cooling system and environmental control devices. As a plus, students also toured the older generating unit, Iatan Generation Station Unit 1 that has been in operation since 1980 and is alongside Iatan 2. The contrast in technologies between units gave students a opportunity to see the evolution in power plant design Iatan 2 represents. SCE faculty Dr. Jerry Richardson, Associate Professor in our Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department, helped with student questions during the tour and with the organization of the tour.

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