This course provides you with an opportunity to acquire a fundamental understanding of many aspects of stationary gas turbine engine performance appropriate to its operation and maintenance. The main course focus is on the engines used in power generation industries.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 25 - 29 Nov 2024
  • 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

The 5-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 understand the fundamentals of the many aspects of performance of stationary gas turbine engines used in the power generation industries.
  • have a good background to enable an appreciation of the operational problems associated with gas turbines used for power generation.

Core content

1. Overview of Gas Turbine Technology and Applications

  • Simple cycle gas turbine performance in terms of power, fuel consumption and thermal efficiency.
  • Effect of fuel choice on corrosion, emissions, component life etc.
  • Effect of ambient temperature and pressure on performance. Performance enhancement through compressor cleaning, intake water misting, intake air filtration, etc.
  • The performance benefits of using Combined cycle gas turbine performance and cogeneration. The use of inter-cooling and reheat.

2. Rotating Components and Matching

  • An overview of compressor and turbine design and performance, their characteristics and matching. Compressor surge and its prevention.

3. Vibration and Rotor Dynamics

  • A review of vibration will include specific problems such as blade vibration and shaft critical speeds. Case histories which illustrate vibration with the fatigue failure of components. Rotor instability. Spectrum analysis for the solution of resonance, instability, and gear and blade problems. The Campbell (Spoke) diagram and critical speed maps.

4. Combustors and Fuels

  • Combustor types, chamber design, fuel atomisation, ignition and combustor arrangements. The constraints imposed by fuels on the design and operation of the combustor. The wide spectrum of fuels, both gaseous and liquid, is examined. An overview of fuel treatment and additives is made.

5. Performance Analysis for Problem Detection

  • The fundamental concepts of performance analysis as a tool for saving energy costs. A review of basic and applied thermodynamics for gas turbines. The use of performance data to pinpoint problem areas. Diagnostics related to fouling, nozzle erosion, blowing surge, choke, etc. Meaningful trending methods.

6. Gas Path Analysis for Stationary Gas Turbines

  • Simulation of degraded gas turbines, the application of fault coefficient matrices, fault trees and other techniques. Implications for component life and emissions.

7. Gas Turbine Fouling

  • The causes and effects of fouling in compressors including increased fuel flow, reduced efficiency, reduced mass flow, reduced surge margin, turbine blade creep life, etc.
  • The effects of inlet air filtration on engine performance.

8. Gas Turbine Repair

  • The techniques of inspection and repair of gas turbines are described in detail, including NDT techniques, cleaning, plating, heat treatment, welding, etc.

9. Gas Turbine Maintenance

  • Maintenance techniques using borescopes. Spectrum analysis including acoustic monitoring. Techniques for checking and conducting repairs on impellers, diffusers, bearings, couplings, and foundation repair.

10. Special Considerations for CHP Gas Turbines

  • Considerations in the design, operation and maintenance of turbines and associated equipment.
  • Off design operational effects on heat recovery steam generators, STTG cycles and evaporative cooling.

Who should attend

The course will be of most benefit to delegates currently working in the maintenance and operations departments of the power generation industry. The course will, however also be very beneficial to those involved in the procurement of new and replacement equipment.


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 £560. 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

How to apply

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

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