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Two Day Course on Gas Turbine Engines Performance Controls, and Systems Integration

Being held on the 4th and 5th of January, this is a great opportunity to learn, network, and enjoy Florida Tech's hospitality

Course Synopsis

This interactive 2 day short course on gas turbine engine systems analysis, presented by 2 to 4 experts, introduces the topics of cycle analysis, turbomachinery aero, combustor characteristics, design point and off-design performance calculations using the multi-dimensional solver, transient engine simulation, controls basics, airplane–engine matching to determine engine conceptual design, and hybrid cycles used in power generation. The course addresses special consideration in industrial engines for example variable compressor vanes, benefits of exhaust diffuser, turbine design, and combustor characteristics.   To make this short course comprehensible, even for participants not working in aerothermodynamics, introductory treatment of thermodynamics and compressible flow, is presented in the beginning to aid in the in-class understanding of the subsequent chapters. Illustrative examples are included, with many implemented in excel spreadsheets which the participants can use later for solutions with different inputs. The structure of the multi-dimensional solver is explained in a systematic manner. Compressor-turbine matching is explained with appropriate figures and examples. In addition to steady-state performance, transient engine simulation is introduced first showing the need for fast response, then explaining the structure of the transient model, followed by its validation, and then its applications. Controls  basics first presents the requirements followed by high level block diagrams. Included are elementary multivariable control, dynamic inversion, and model based control. The advantage of airplane-engine matching in determining the best engine conceptual design which satisfies all airplane performance requirements is explained. 

Attempt has been made to make this holistic 2 day short course in systems analysis attractive to persons of different background including students, early career engineers, engineers looking for a review and reinforcement of fundamentals, and engineers whose expertise is different than performance or controls. The pedagogical treatment, flavored with practical considerations, would make this 2 day short course comprehensible , interesting, and useful to the participants.

Learning Objectives

  • Familiarize participants with major topics in gas turbine performance,cycle analysis,controls,& systems integration of both aircraft and industrial powerplants
  • Analyze turbomachinery velocity diagrams and relate those to thermodynamic parameters; appreciate the use-fulness of the degree of reaction and the radial equili-brium equation. Show advantages of variable stators. Understanding facilitated with illustrative examples.
  • Comprehend the discipline of operability and combustor characteristics
  • Analyze cycle analysis problems on integrating component performances to get the overall engine performance including compressor/turbine matching, design point and off-design calculations, comprehend the multi-variable solver with the capability to match model to test data.
  • Discuss hybrid cycles and turbofan performance enhancement methods
  • Comprehend the topic of  transient engine simulation and control system design
  • Overview of the methods of airplane/engine matching to determine engine cycle design parameters



Regular Registration is $500. Full time students are eligibe to recieve a 50% discount on registration. This cost includes lunch and refreshments on botth days.

Date and Time

The course will take plance on Saturday January 4, 2020 and Sunday January 5, 2020 from 8.30 AM to 5.00 PM on both days. 


The course will be held at Florida Tech's CAMID facility located on 2495 Palm Bay Road NE, Palm Bay, FL 32905


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