The future development of gas turbines and associated systems depends an increasingly detailed understanding of phenomena and processes taking place within the engine.

The transient phase, the brief period of time in which the engine adjusts to a new power setting, is one of particular importance; during this phase many components operate close to their performance limits, such as surge in the compressors, high temperatures in the turbines, and in some cases rotor over speeding.

At a glance

  • 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

This 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.

Please note the first two days of lectures are the same on both the Gas Turbine Performance and the Gas Turbine Transient Performance course. Delegates who have already recently attended the Gas Turbine Performance course may feel it more appropriate to attend only the last 3 days of the Transient Performance course. Please indicate clearly on the registration form which option you wish to take.

What you will learn

The aim of the Gas Turbine Transient Performance course is to provide an understanding of the events taking place during the transient phase, and to introduce and explain the models employed to simulate gas turbine behaviour.

Core content

The course consists of two major elements, a description of the operation of gas turbines, and a section on gas turbine transient performance, simulation and unsteady phenomena.

The first section is aimed at introducing the overall performance and behaviour of various components and their interaction when assembled to make up the engine. This background section contains the following elements:

  • Gas Dynamics
  • Compressor Performance, Turbine Performance
  • Combustion Systems

The second part of the course deals with the explanation of the phenomena taking place in the gas turbine and the simulation tools available:

  • Gas Turbine Behaviour
  • Heat Soakage Effects
  • Method of Constant Mass
  • Flow Method of Inter component Volumes

Who should attend

The course will be very beneficial to engineers involved in the development of gas turbines and the associated hardware, especially control systems. Material taught during the course will be of immediate benefit in the workplace.


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 Mitchell Hall. 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 £530. If you would like to book this accommodation package* for this short course, please indicate this on the registration form.
*Subject to availability.

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

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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