This course aims to provide the delegate with a robust understanding of GT engine modelling, performance simulation and operability assessment through the practical, hands-on use of state-of-the-art simulation tools and data analysis.

Gas Turbines continue to be the prime technology for reliable and affordable power generation and propulsion. Nowadays the industry needs a major step change for tackling the ambitious Flightpath 2050 goals, with respect to emissions and performance. A number of gas turbine-based novel technologies have been proposed creating new challenges in gas turbine and overall systems modelling and simulation. In this course, you will advance your gas turbine and system modelling skills regarding both steady-state and transient simulations and learn how to build integrated modular system models applying turbomachinery knowledge and experience.

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 is a five-day course delivered through lectures, simulation-based learning and software hands-on practice. The course is conducted in an appropriate lecture room and a PC-lab where Simcenter Amesim is installed. The sessions include group activities and exercises both in developing models and simulation based analysis.

What you will learn

The aim of this course is to provide the delegate with an understanding of the necessary steps to build an engine model suitable for design, simulation and control, and use models and simulation results for system analysis using Siemens Digital Industries Simcenter Amesim as the application platform.

In this context, components operation and representation, though maps will be explained. Component maps scaling and matching for off-design operation will be discussed and the way matching affects engine simulation will be highlighted. This knowledge will be applied for developing component and engine models and implementing them for solving real-life problems, relevant to engine performance and operability. Elements of integrated systems simulation will be presented and discussed.

On completion, course attendees will be able to:

• Understand gas turbine components operation, characteristics and modelling approaches
• Recognize the different applications for gas turbine performance models (design, off-design, transient)
• Understand components matching for design, off-design and transient operation
• Build gas turbine models following a step-by-step methodology
• Develop component-based models for engine simulation
• Use models and simulation results for analysing components interaction and engine operation
• Perform off-design performance assessment with respect to operating conditions and operability
• Develop integrated models for system and mission analysis

Core content

The course consists of five sections integrating lectures, hands-on examples, group activities and workshops in Simcenter Amesim.


• Identify the different types of gas turbine configurations and their application
• Understand component design parameters and engine performance parameters
• Build thermodynamic cycle models for design point analysis
• Introduce gas turbine component characteristics and function

Component Simulation

• Identify the structure of off-design simulation models
• Build models for analysing turbomachinery components off-design operation
• Build models for analysing combustor off-design operation
• Understand and apply component map scaling

Gas Turbine Off-Design Simulation

• Understand component matching constituting a gas turbine
• Build gas turbine models following a step-by-step methodology
• Understand and simulate off-design operation for different operating conditions
• Build an off-design advanced gas turbine cycle model

Gas Turbine Operability Aspects

• Identify the gas turbine operating regime and limits
• Understand and model compressor variable geometry for part load operation
• Simulate and assess gas turbine operation during transient manoeuvres
• Identify and simulate gas turbine component faults

Models and Systems Integration

• Understand how to simulate a mission, integrating engine and vehicle models
• Model a thermo-electric power plant by integrating the gas turbine and the electric power train systems

Who should attend

The course is intended for graduates of engineering, science or mathematics who are involved in the gas turbine or associated industries and are willing to extend their knowledge on gas turbine operation, modelling and simulation. The course will also be of value to experienced engineers in the gas turbine sector who would like to gain an insight on the use of system simulation tools for gas turbine system operational analysis.


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.

The course is presented through lectures, tutorials and workshops conducted by members of Cranfield University and Siemens Industry Software staff.
Professor Vassilios Pachidis 
Dr Ioannis Roumeliotis
Dr Oliver Broca
Mr D. Unlu


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

Accommodation options and prices

This course is non-residential. If accommodation is required, please make your own arrangements at Mitchell Hall or a nearby hotel. Please enquire about the short course delegate rate.

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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