The gas turbine engine is a very complex device. It's high power to weight ratio has made it the propulsion system of choice in aircraft applications. Read more Read less

It is also used extensively in the oil, gas, power and process industries. An understanding of the basic principles underpinning its design, operation and behaviour is essential for all engineers involved in the development, production, procurement and use of gas turbines.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 13 - 17 May 2019
  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield Campus
  • Cost£1710.  The course fee includes refreshments and lunch during the day. Accommodation is not included and must be booked separately. Concessions available

Course structure

To make the learning process more efficient, the presentations of course content are given in a carefully selected order. The material is complemented by several sessions given by guest speakers who may present special subjects, such as emissions, gas path analysis, engine lifting and case studies. All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance upon completion of this course.

What you will learn

The aim of this course is to provide the delegate with an understanding of how different types of gas turbine produce useful power and how their output is influenced by a very wide range of operating conditions. The three major categories of gas turbine applications are covered, civil aviation, military aviation and mechanical power applications.

When completing the course the delegate should be able to understand the influence of mission on the choice of gas turbine cycle and how gas turbines behave in a very wide range of operating conditions.

Core content

The content is split into three main sections since, as stated in the learning outcomes, the objective of the course is to give detailed insight in three key topic areas:

  • Gas Turbine Aerothermodynamics
  • Design Point Performance Assessment
  • Off-Design Performance

Gas Turbine Aerothermodynamics
This section comprises the delivery of basic gas dynamics including isentropic flow, an explanation of non-dimensional parameters and a description of the Joule Cycle. The processes of compression, combustion and expansion in turbines and nozzles are outlined, within a thermodynamics framework.
The two main applications of the gas turbine, jet engines and shaft power output, are explained. The concepts of thermal and propulsive efficiencies are introduced. The concept of the turbofan is explained.

Design Point Performance Assessment
The influence on engine output of turbine inlet temperature, overall pressure ratio, bypass ratio and fan pressure ratio is explained. This description is made by means of SFC versus Specific Thrust or Power Charts. The side-effects of the selection of these parameters are also explained and the resulting choices in suitability for a mission highlighted. The concept of growth variants of a power plant is discussed. Different engine designs are described.

Off-Design Performance
This section contains a description of component characteristics and how these components interact to determine the behaviour of the engine. This explanation is given at a simplified level for an understanding of the principles involved and at a more detailed level which is illustrative of the simulation methods in widespread use in the industry today. On a macroscopic level, the effect of different inlet conditions on gas turbine performance is explained. This includes altitude, hot day and flight speed. In addition the behaviour of the engine is discussed with reference to changes in power output.

Who should attend

The course is intended for graduates of engineering, science or mathematics who are involved in the gas turbine or associated industries. Previous industrial experience is desirable.


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.


Where more than five delegates are booking from within one site of one organisation, a discount of 10% will apply to the invoice for the course tuition fee. Accommodation fees are not included in the 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 this accommodation package* for this short course, please indicate this on the registration form. 

Alternatively, you may wish to make your own arrangement 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. 

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

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