Course Overview

  • 3 Hours

  • All Levels

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The industrial revolution may have been fired by coal, but it was powered by steam. Humans have been harnessing the power of steam for thousands of years, but it is only in the past 200 years that we have started to rely on it for countless industrial applications. This course looks at the origins of steam, its theory (thermodynamics), generation and applications. 

You will learn:

- Why we use steam instead of other energy fluids. 

- The history of steam in engineering. 

- Heat fundamentals (thermodynamics, latent heat, sensible heat etc.).

- Heat transfer (conduction, convection and radiation etc.). 

- Combustion theory (efficiency, heat values etc.).

- Steam properties (wet, dry, saturated, enthalpy etc.). 

- Boilers (designs, advantages, disadvantages etc.). 

- And a lot more!

Irrespective of your background, learning about steam will greatly benefit your career. Steam systems are used at almost every industrial facility on the planet, so you can apply 100% of what you have learnt to the real world.

This course is taught by an ex-marine engineer with 17 years're in good hands!

Interactive 3D models have been used to show you the fire tube and water tube boiler designs in great detail.

2D images have been used to clarify complicated topics. 

Quiz questions have been added so you can test your knowledge!

The course includes links to an App and PDFs to help you consolidate what you have learnt.

So, what are you waiting for?

Hope to see you on the course!


This is a non-video (NV) course. Please check for the associated video course if you prefer this method of learning.


  • 1
    Before Getting Started
    • Before Getting Started
  • 2
    • Introduction
    • History
    • Uses of Steam
    • Why Steam?
    • The Steam System
  • 3
    • Thermodynamic Fundamentals
    • Pressure
    • Boiling Point
    • Thermodynamic Laws
    • Heat
    • Sensible and Latent Heat
    • Transferring Heat
    • Conduction
    • Convection
    • Radiation
    • Temperature
    • Heat Units
    • Specific Heat
  • 4
    • Combustion
    • Combustion Chemical Reaction
    • Combustion Requirements
    • Perfect, Complete and Incomplete
    • Primary, Secondary and Excess Air
    • Efficiency
    • Combustion Efficiency
    • Thermal Efficiency
    • Heat Value / Calorific Value
  • 5
    Steam Properties
    • Steam Properties
    • Ideal Gas Law
    • Saturated and Superheated Steam
    • Dry and Wet Steam
    • Dryness Fraction
    • Clean Steam
    • Enthalpy
    • Steam Tables
  • 6
    • Boilers
    • Purpose of a Boiler
    • Fired and Un-Fired
    • Fire Tube and Water Tube
    • Water and Fire Tube Boilers Compared
    • Electric Boilers
    • Package and Field Erected Boilers
  • 7
    Final Thoughts
    • Final Thoughts
  • 8
    • Units of Measurement
  • 9
    • Resources