In recent years, the new market mechanisms in the power generation sector and the development of more intermittent renewables have led to new roles for the gas fired combined cycle plants.

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The generating companies are no longer running the combined cycle plants or investing in new plants for base load purposes.  Additionally, the increasing use of wind and solar power imply major changes for combined cycle plant. As a result, they will need to understand the life usage implications  of transient and peak-lopping operations in addition to base load duties.

A better understanding of performance, availability and emissions, including CO2 issues will give some companies the edge in safeguarding their investment. Against this background, the aim of the course is to give the delegate a thorough understanding of combined cycle technology. In particular, the course content is structured to serve the specific needs and background of both power companies and manufacturers.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£1,710. The course fee includes refreshments and lunch during the day. Accommodation is not included and must be booked separately. Concessions available

Course structure

This five day course is presented through a mixture of lectures, tutorials and worked examples. Printed course material is provided for delegates use during and after the course. Active participation from the delegates is strongly encouraged particularly during the worked examples in order to consolidate learning. All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance upon completion of this course.

What you will learn

On completion of the course, you should be able to:

  • explain the operational characteristics of the major components of a CCGT power plant;
  • appraise the design and off-design performance of CCGT power plant;
  • apply the appropriate methods available to assess the economic viability of power generation projects;
  • discuss the technical and economic advantages of various types of combined cycle arrangements compared to other power generation technologies;
  • identify the fundamental issues in terms of system monitoring, diagnostics and maintenance;
  • outline the development of the CCGT technology in response to future challenges, market outlook and users’ requirements;
  • assist in the selection of combined cycle plant and its operation.

Core content

The course material includes the following:

  • Combined Cycles and their Applications;
  • Off-Design Performance of Combined Cycles;
  • Advanced Cycles;
  • Transient Performance;
  • Combustion, Emissions Legislation and Technology;
  • Greenhouse Gas Issues;
  • Performance and Economics;
  • Availability and Reliability;
  • Gas Turbines Engines and Performance;
  • Introduction to Gas Turbine Control;
  • Combined Cycle Design Performance;
  • HRSG Technology;
  • A User's Perspective;
  • Frequency Control;
  • GT Repair;
  • Tutorial Exercises.

Who should attend

The course is directed towards engineering and technical personnel employed in power generation companies, engineering contractors, manufacturers and other suppliers to this industry, and others who either compete with this industry or seek to benefit from it.


The course is presented through lectures and tutorials conducted by members of Cranfield University’s staff all of whom have considerable academic and industrial experience. Additional lectures will be presented by senior engineers from industry.


20% discount for Cranfield Alumni. 
10% discount when registering 3 or more delegates, from the same organisation at the same time.  

Accommodation fees are not included in the discount scheme. Please ask about our discount scheme at time of booking.

Accommodation options and prices

We are pleased to offer an exclusive accommodation package at our Mitchell Hall hotel. Located on campus, all rooms are en-suite and available on a half-board basis from Sunday to Friday. The cost of this package is £495.

If you would like to book our accommodation package for this short course*, please indicate this on your registration form.

Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

*Subject to availability.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

Further location and travel details can be found on our 'How to find us' page.

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.