Unit Name


Unit Code


Unit Duration

12 weeks


Graduate Diploma of Engineering (Mechanical) Duration: 1 year

Master of Engineering (Mechanical) Duration: 2 years

Year Level


Unit Creator/Reviewer

Vernon Benjamin





Credit Points


Grad Dip total course credit points = 24 (3 credits x 8 (units))

Masters total course credit points = 48

(12 credits (Thesis) + 3 credits x 12 (units))

Mode of Delivery

On-Campus or Online

Unit Workload

Student workload including “contact hours” = 9 hours per week: Lecture - 1 hour

Tutorial Lecture - 1 hours

Practical / Lab - 1 hour (where applicable) Personal Study recommended - 6 hours

Unit Description and General Aims

Gas Turbines prime are vital pieces of equipment in many industries. Engineers must have knowledge of them; either superficially, or in depth, depending on the engineer’s area of responsibility. The former will be for basic operation and minor maintenance, the latter for installation and heavy maintenance of the units.

In this topic the first aspect addressed is as to where, or if, gas turbines are needed in preference to other prime movers. This depends on the processes being supported, location, expected reliability level, financial considerations and environmental effects. Students will be given templates to help them make calculations leading to correct decisions.

This unit will cover the operation and maintenance of gas turbines. Components covered will include gas compressor types (centrifugal, axial and mixed flow), combustor designs, turbines and exhaust systems. The selection of materials for improved power, efficiency and engine life will be covered. Aero-thermal operations will be studied. The student will also learn about heat recovery systems, COGEN and Combined Cycle. As well as the many systems that makes up any gas turbine installation. Gas turbine operation will be covered, with maintenance, inspection and repair practices, especially where in-house actions can bring about significant savings vis-a-vis contracting these activities to OEMs.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this Unit, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Critique the economics, and other factors, for installing gas turbines in preference to other prime movers.

  2. Evaluate in detail the construction of a gas turbine engine, its major components and their aero-thermal interactions.

  3. Judge all gas turbine operating phases and be able to discover where both minor- and major maintenance is necessary.

  4. Analyse existing -and recommend - new applications for gas turbines. To be able to evaluate, from given data, efficiencies and economic feasibilities of Combined Cycle as well as COGEN facilities.

  5. Compare and organise information to optimise both gas turbine operation and maintenance practices and reflect on the veracity of information and commercial and regulatory implications on its use.

  6. Design a rudimentary gas turbine using one of several available design packages.

    Professional Development

    Completing this unit may add to students professional development/competencies by:

    1. Fostering the personal and professional skills development of students to:

      1. Be adaptable and capable 21st century citizens, who can communicate effectively, work collaboratively, think critically and innovatively solve complex problems.

      2. Equipping individuals with an increased capacity for lifelong learning and professional development.

      3. Planning and organising self and others

      4. Instilling leadership qualities and a capacity for ethical and professional contextualization of knowledge

    2. Enhancing students’ investigatory and research capabilities through:

      1. Solving complex and open-ended engineering problems

      2. Accessing, evaluating and analysing information

      3. Processes and procedures, cause – effect investigations

    3. Developing the engineering application abilities of students through:

      1. Assignments

      2. Labs / practical / case studies / self-study (where applicable)

Engineers Australia

The Australian Engineering Stage 1 Competency Standards for the Professional Engineer, approved as of 2013. This table is referenced in the mapping of graduate attributes to learning outcomes and via the learning outcomes to student assessment.

Stage 1 Competencies and Elements of Competency


Knowledge and Skill Base


Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.


Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.


In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.


Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.


Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.


Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the specific discipline.


Engineering Application Ability


Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.


Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.


Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.


Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.


Professional and Personal Attributes


Ethical conduct and professional accountability.


Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.


Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.


Professional use and management of information.


Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.


Effective team membership and team leadership.

Graduate Attributes

Successfully completing this Unit will contribute to the recognition of attainment of the following graduate attributes aligned to the AQF Level 9 criteria, Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards for the Professional Engineer and the Washington Accord:

Graduate Attributes

(Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Professional and Personal Development)

EA Stage 1 Competencies

Professional Development

Learning Outcomes

A. Effective Communication

A1. Cognitive and technical skills to investigate, analyse and organise information and ideas and to communicate those ideas clearly and fluently, in both written and spoken forms appropriate to the audience.

2.2, 3.2


1, 4, 5

A2. Ability to professionally manage oneself, teams, information and projects and engage effectively and appropriately across a diverse range of international cultures in leadership, team and individual roles.

2.4, 3.2, 3.4,

3.5, 3.6



B. Critical Judgement

B1. Ability to critically analyse and evaluate complex information and theoretical concepts.

1.1, 1.2, 1.3,



1, 4, 5

B2. Ability to creatively, proactively and innovatively apply theoretical concepts, knowledge and approaches with a high level of accountability, in an engineering context.

1.5, 2.1, 3.3,


A, C

1, 2, 4, 6

C. Design and Problem Solving Skills

C1. Cognitive skills to synthesise, evaluate and use information from a broad range of sources to effectively identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.

1.5, 2.1, 2.3

B, C

4, 5

C2. Technical and communication skills to design complex systems and solutions in line with developments in engineering professional practice.

2.2, 2.3

A, B

2, 3, 6

C3. Comprehension of the role of technology in society and identified issues in applying engineering technology ethics and impacts; economic; social; environmental and sustainability.

1.5, 1.6, 3.1


1, 4

D. Science and Engineering Fundamentals

D1. Breadth and depth of mathematics, science, computer technology and specialist engineering knowledge and understanding of future developments.

1.1, 1.2, 1.3,



2, 3, 4

D2. Knowledge of ethical standards in relation to professional engineering practice and research.

1.6, 3.1, 3.5


1, 4

D3. Knowledge of international perspectives in engineering and ability to apply various national and International Standards.

1.5, 1.6, 2.4,


A, C


E. Information and Research Skills

E1. Application of advanced research and planning skills to engineering projects.

1.4, 2.4, 3.6

B, C

4, 5

E2. Knowledge of research principles and methods in an engineering context.

1.4, 1.6


1, 5

Unit Competency and Learning Outcome Map

This table details the mapping of the unit graduate attributes to the unit learning outcomes and the Australian Engineering Stage 1 Competency Standards for the Professional Engineer.


Graduate Attributes













Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies and Elements of Competency




























































Unit Learning Outcomes



























Student assessment

Assessment Type

(e.g. Assignment - 2000 word essay (specify topic) Examination (specify length and format))

When assessed (e.g. Week 5)

Weighting (% of total unit marks)

Learning Outcomes Assessed

Assessment 1

Type: Multi-choice test / Group work / Short answer questions / Role Play / Self-Assessment / Presentation

Example Topic: Gas turbine engine economics and construction. Apply physics to gas turbines and where applicable, perform relevant calculations. Various system cycles. Engine systems, major and minor. How to achieve environmental improvement.

Week 5



Assessment 2

Type: Report / Research / Paper / Case Study / Site Visit

/ Problem analysis / Project / Professional recommendation

Example: Report (Midterm Project)

[This will include a progress report; literature review, hypothesis, and methodology / conclusions]

Word length: 2000

Example Topic: Gas turbine operation, inspection, maintenance, repair and troubleshooting. With engine specifications and other data from manufacturers or other sources understand and be able to measure by calculation engine performance. Troubleshoot performance losses arising from these measurements and propose remedial actions.

Week 9


2, 3, 4

Assessment 3.

Type: Report (Final Project)

Word length: 4000 excluding diagrams

Topic: By first nominating criteria relating to geographic location, local populace, climate and economic situation, select and justify by calculations (both engineering and economic) if possible, what gas turbine installation you would install. Critically analyse different engines in the same category.

Show calculations, both

Final Week


1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Practical Participation

Type: May be in the form of quizzes, class tests, practical assessments, remote labs, simulation software or case studies

Example: Designing a rudimentary gas turbine using one of several available design packages.




Attendance / Tutorial Participation




Assessment Type

(e.g. Assignment - 2000 word essay (specify topic) Examination (specify length and format))

When assessed (e.g. Week 5)

Weighting (% of total unit marks)

Learning Outcomes Assessed

Example: Presentation, discussion, group work, exercises, self-assessment/reflection, case study analysis, application.


Prescribed and recommended readings

Required textbook(s) (One Required reading, which covers at least 60% of weekly topics)

1. M.P. Boyce, Gas Turbine Engineering Handbook, 4th edition, Gulf Publications, Houston,2012

Reference Materials

Other texts, peer-reviewed journals and websites (Others may be advised during lectures).

  • Gas Turbines: Fundamentals, Maintenance, Inspection and Troubleshooting, 7th revision, IDC Perth Australia publication

  • C. Soares, Gas Turbines, A Handbook, 2nd edition, Butterworth-Heinemann, Burlington MA, 2015

  • The Jet Engine, Rolls-Royce plc, 6th edition, Derby England, 2005

  • T. Giampaolo, Gas Turbines Principles and Practice, 6th edition, Fairmont Press, Lilburn GA, 2012 (Available from Kindle)

  • Rolf Kehlhofer, Combined-cycle gas and steam turbine power, Fairmont Press, Lilburn GA, 1991

  • GSP 11 Gas Turbine Simulation Program, File version (Shareware), National Aerospace Laboratory of the Netherlands, Amsterdam

Unit Content:

One topic is delivered per contact week, with the exception of part-time 24-week units, where one topic is delivered every two weeks.

Topics 1 and 2

Introduction to Gas Turbines

  1. A brief history of gas turbine development; including gas turbine types, their construction and operation.

  2. Physics as applicable to gas turbines: fluid flow theory, velocity vectors, Reynolds number and Bernoulli’s theorem.

  3. Required knowledge of thermodynamics and aerodynamics

  4. Various gas turbine cycle layouts. Use formulae to compare power output and efficiency.

  5. Introduction to utilisation economics

  6. Detailed description of all gas turbine engine configurations, major components and selection of materials

  7. GOGEN and Combined Cycle plants

Topics 3, 4 and 5

Engine systems, the environment

  1. Cooling systems, bleeds

  2. Mechanical systems, including bearings, seals and drives. Metal fatigue and creep considerations

  3. The lubrication system

  4. Fuel systems, liquid and gas, fuel properties, treatment and storage on site.

  5. Auxiliary systems: starting, ignition, instrumentation, fire protection, air filtration, misting

  6. Water injection for power and air pollution control, sound suppression methods. Knowledge of relevant environmental standards

Topics 6 and 7

Gas turbine operation, inspection, maintenance, repair and troubleshooting

  1. Detailed knowledge of engine operating requirements

  2. Operating safety considerations

  3. Compressor characteristics of surge and stall. Compressor maps. How Fuel Control Units maintain normal operation

  4. Engine starting, running, short and long term shut-down procedures

  5. Abnormal operation and its correction. Troubleshooting.

  6. Maintenance concepts, Campbell diagram

  7. Operation when connected to an electrical grid, droop

  8. Maintenance concepts, on- as well as off-load inspection methods

  9. Light and heavy maintenance planning, hot end inspections, following OEM requirements for inspection and repair, facilities and tooling

  10. Design a rudimentary gas turbine using a shareware software package

Topics 8 and 9

Measuring engine performance, troubleshooting performance losses

  1. Know how to convert observed atmospheric conditions to makers’ standards using formulae and/or charts. Obtain values for normal operation from makers' data.

  2. Using this information carry out condition monitoring and trend analysis. From this and other information (e.g. vibration readings) be able to detect and measure power loss, the presence and progress of partial component failures or air path fouling.

  3. Design a rudimentary gas turbine using one of several available freeware design packages.

    Topics 10 and 11

  4. This report is far-reaching in its scope and will enable the student to show a good understanding of his/her knowledge of this topic. It will also give the student, to his/her credit, the ability to cover/emphasise aspects of gas turbines that may not have been fully dealt with in the above content.

  5. The student will also be asked to critically discuss selected aspects of current research and development underway.

Topic 12

Project and/or Unit Review

In the final week students will have an opportunity to review the contents covered so far. Opportunity will be provided for a review of student work and to clarify any outstanding issues. Instructors/facilitators may choose to cover a specialized topic if applicable to that cohort.

The Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) is dedicated to ensuring our students receive a world-class education and gain skills they can immediately implement in the workplace upon graduation. Our staff members uphold our ethos of honesty and integrity, and we stand by our word because it is our bond. Our students are also expected to carry this attitude throughout their time at our institute, and into their careers.