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Syllabus for

Academic year
MTF171 - Gas turbine technology  
Syllabus adopted 2014-02-21 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPAME
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Automation and Mechatronics Engineering, Energy and Environmental Systems and Technology, Chemical Engineering with Engineering Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Shipping and Marine Technology, Engineering Physics
Department: 42 - APPLIED MECHANICS

Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Block schedule: B

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0198 Examination 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c   15 Jan 2015 am M,  15 Apr 2015 pm M   Contact examiner

In programs

MPAME APPLIED MECHANICS, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (compulsory elective)


Professor  Tomas Grönstedt

Course evaluation:


In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

Mechanics of Fluids, TME225


The course aims at providing knowledge about the applied design of complex turbomachinery
concentrating on aero engine design and design of stationary gas turbines. This involves developing
an insight into applied aerodynamics as well as to some extent to solid mechanics and material mechanics.
In particular the course aims at explaining how these fields impose limitations on the design and operation
the gas turbine.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

  • apply turbomachinery design principles to the gas turbine engine.
  • carry out preliminary design and analysis of several different gas turbine cycles,
  • including various stationary and aircraft engine cycles
  • assess fluidic losses using commercial tools as well as simpler second low and loss modelling
  • based methods


Gas turbines are the primary source of propulsion for aircraft
and find a widespread use in power generation as well as marine 
applications. Within the course, aspects ranging from cycle studies 
and performance calculations to analysis of individual components are 
covered. The ambition is that the student shall become familiar with 
different gas turbine concepts and their operation. Knowledge necessary 
to design and analyse more advanced turbomachines is taught in the course.
The course starts with a general overview of the gas turbine 
system and its field of application. The needs, as given by a jet 
engine or a power generation system, and the implications by these on 
the engine cycle are treated. Furthermore, the requirements on the 
components in order to fulfil these cycle requirements are 
illustrated. Different design principles for the components, 
such as compressors, turbines, nozzles etc., are described and 
what requirements are most important for the final system performance. 
Apart from topics typical for a traditional course in gas turbine 
theory fields such as material selection (superalloys, low cycle fatigue 
and creep), environmental aspects of aircraft engines (noise and emissions) 
as well as the use of alternative fuels are included.


Two lectures per week are given. Tutorials are integrated into the lectures.
Three design exercises complement the learning process.  
1. Thermodynamic analysis of a three shaft modern aero engine
2. Conceptual design of a modern three shaft aero engine.
3.  Two- and threedimensional fluid dynamic design, i.e. generation of geometry
required to achieve good fluid mechanics performance, of a transonic high pressure
A study visit to Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery is included.


Cohen, Rogers, Saravanamuttoo: Gas Turbine Theory. 6th edition.


A written examination concludes the course. The three design tasks are viewed as an important examination step
and is valued through bonus credits for the written examination.

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