The Gas Turbine Engineering function in any organisation encompasses many disciplines touching upon different aspects of Gas Turbine plant operation and facility management. The advent of new Gas Turbine designs and applications has transformed this function into one that is becoming highly specialized and increasingly sophisticated. In recent times, there is huge demand for highly skilled, knowledgeable and practically oriented Gas Turbine Engineers. The certificate has been designed and structured keeping this fact in mind.

This course provides a comprehensive overview in the area of Gas Turbine Engineering and is designed to develop your overall skills, boost your career options, and benefit your employer. The numerous practical application tips and short cuts to engineering problem solving are imparted during the course make it highly practical and relevant to your applications and its successful completion will provide a gateway to a fulfilling, intensive, yet enjoyable career.

Ease of installation, serviceability and operational and design flexibility are critical factors determining the success of any Gas Turbine installation. In order to identify and select a suitable system for a particular application, it is important that the selection and design related parameters are properly understood. For example, fuel economy is critical in the success of any Gas Turbine operation.

This course places the tried and tested and latest practices and technologies in perspective, while also equipping the participants with the requisite knowledge and skill sets needed to tackle problems related to various systems in a facility. It is presented by an instructor who is a highly experienced engineer from industry, having a mix of both extensive experience and teaching skills. The topics covered are derived from the acclaimed IDC Technologies' courses attended by over 300,000 engineers and technicians during the past 20 years.

NB: The course description of all EIT "Certificate" courses has been changed to "Professional Certificate of Competency". Some course brochures are not yet updated. The actual certificate received by successful students will include the new title.

BY THE END OF THIS 3-MONTH INTERACTIVE LIVE ONLINE COURSE YOU WILL BE ABLE TO:

  • Explain the basic thermodynamic principles behind gas turbines
  • Understand the basic operation of a gas turbine
  • Clearly describe the operation and function of gas turbine components
  • Perform simple troubleshooting and maintenance
  • Do a simple review of the successful operation of a gas turbine and know what characteristics are required for materials and fuels
  • Perform simple condition monitoring interpretation and maintenance

Next intake is scheduled for March 30, 2015.

Course Outline

Module 1: GENERAL OVERVIEW OF GAS TURBINES

  • Introduction
  • Frame type heavy-duty gas turbines
  • Industrial type gas turbines
  • Aircraft derivative gas turbines
  • Comparison between aircraft-derivative and industrial heavy-duty turbines
  • Small and micro gas turbines
  • Aircraft gas turbines
  • Gas turbine components
  • Siemens Gas Turbine Technology

Module 2: FUNDAMENTAL GAS TURBINE CYCLE THERMODYNAMICS

  • Reversible cycles with ideal gases
  • Constant pressure or Brayton cycle
  • Ideal inter-cooled and reheat cycles
  • Actual gas turbine cycles
  • List of terms and symbols used

Module 3: GAS TURBINE COMPONENTS

  • Compressors
  • Centrifugal compressors
  • Axial-flow compressors
  • Compressor theory
  • Compressor aerodynamics
  • Common problems affecting axial compressor operation and performance
  • Air compressor performance characteristics
  • Combustors
  • Combustor performance and efficiency
  • Turbines
  • Fuel nozzles and igniters
  • Emission control

Module 4: MATERIALS OF CONSTRUCTION

  • Introduction
  • General metallurgical behavior in gas turbines
  • Gas turbine blade materials
  • Blade manufacturing techniques
  • Future materials

Module 5: BEARINGS AND SEALS

  • Bearing materials
  • Through hardened materials
  • Case hardened materials
  • Cage materials
  • Babbitts
  • Bearing design principles
  • Tilting-pad journal bearings
  • Design of thrust bearings
  • Seals

Module 6: LUBRICATION SYSTEM IN GAS TURBINES

  • Introduction
  • Oil reservoir
  • Pumps and oil jets
  • Lubrication oil filters
  • Oil coolers
  • Relief valves
  • Lubricant selection
  • Oil system cleaning and conditioning
  • Filter selection
  • Oil sampling and testing

Module 7: FUELS AND FUEL SUPPLY SYSTEMS

  • Introduction
  • Fuel specifications and fuel properties
  • Other important fuel properties
  • Fuel treatment
  • Economics of fuel selection
  • Gas fuels
  • Heavy fuels
  • Comparative fuel costs
  • Cleaning of turbine components
  • Fuel supply and control systems
  • Dual-fuel operation and operational flexibility
  • Integrated gasification combined cycle

Module 8: SOUND SUPPRESSION IN EXHAUSTS, AIR REQUIREMENTS AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONSIDERATIONS

  • Noise from gas turbine engines
  • Aircraft sound suppression methods
  • Air requirements and environmental considerations

Module 9: AUXILIARY SYSTEMS

  • Starting systems
  • Fuel washing systems
  • Gears
  • Gear design and performance parameters
  • Couplings and shaft alignment
  • Shaft alignment

Module 10: PERFORMANCE AND MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT STANDARDS

  • Introduction
  • Performance standards
  • Mechanical standards

Module 11: CONTROL SYSTEMS AND INSTRUMENTATION

  • Control systems
  • Startup and shutdown considerations
  • Control of the equipment during operation
  • Lifecycle costs
  • Condition monitoring systems and their implementation
  • Temperature, pressure and vibration measurement
  • Campbell diagram
  • Gas turbine performance measurement and calculations
  • Protection systems and alarms
  • Failure diagnostics

Module 12: INSTALLATION REQUIREMENTS, OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE

  • Installation requirements
  • Philosophy of maintenance
  • Maintenance techniques
  • Maintenance of critical gas turbine components
  • Maintenance planning and scheduling
  • Spares and inventory management
  • Maintenance tools
  • Inspection
  • Gas turbine overhaul and repair
  • Training
  • Training types
  • Typical problems
  • Health monitoring in gas turbines
  • Troubleshooting in gas turbines
  • General troubleshooting techniques for compressors, combustors and turbines
  • Evaluation of the effectiveness of gas turbine maintenance

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