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ASME International Gas Turbine Institute training week.

March 23-27, 2009 * Southwest Research Institute * San Antonio, TX

Don't miss this unique opportunity for career advancement by attending one or multiple courses being offered at one location!

MARCH 23-24, 2009

"Introduction to Gas Turbines and Centrifugal Compressors"

Instructors: Dr. Klans Brun, SwRI and Dr. Rainer Kurz, Solar Turbines


This two day class is a unique opportunity to join the experts to learn what you need to know to apply and operate gas turbines and gas compressors in your operation as well as to interact and network with your peers in the field of turbomachinery applications. There will also be an opportunity for hands-on learning using Southwest Research Institute's gas turbines and compressors.

In addition to the theoretical presentations, real life case studies will be presented by the instructors in an interactive forum which will further enhance the students' skills in troubleshooting gas turbine and gas compressors issues. Acquiring and perfecting these skills will enable them to go back to the workplace and perform their job with a much higher level of performance and accuracy.

MARCH 23-25, 2009

"Basic Thermodynamics of Gas Turbine Combined Cycle Plants"

Instructor. Can (John) Gulen, GE Energy's Thermal Systems & Power Plant


The objective of the course is to provide the practicing engineers in power generation industry with fundamental thermodynamic principles that govern the design and performance of Gas Turbine Combined Cycle power plants.

At the end of the course, the participants should be able to do simple but reasonably accurate CC calculations, which do not require more than a handheld calculator and a sheet of paper, to evaluate new design ideas, to do performance comparisons, to interpret test data and other similar tasks. The materials learned in this course should help participants in day-to-day activities in several aspects by increasing their productivity.

MARCH 25, 2009

"Root Cause Failure Analysis of Gas Turbines"

Instructors: Harold Simmons and David Ransom with SwRI


Root cause failure analysis (RCFA) is the process for identifying the fundamental root cause of a particular failure. The objective of RCFA is to establish firm evidence that can be used to set a course for corrective/preventive action. A thorough RCFA investigation involves utilizing multidisciplinary expertise of metallurgical examination, fluid-structure interaction, fatigue and fracture analysis, corrosion assessment, thermodynamics, and structural dynamics. The course will show how the information gained from each discipline can be combined to reach conclusive determination of the root cause of common gas turbine failures.

MARCH 26, 2009

"Compressor Performance Testing and Dynamics"

Instructors: Dr. Jeff Moore, David Ransom and Marybeth Nored all with SwRI


This interactive, hands-on course will focus on Rotordynamics, Vibration Analysis, and Gas Turbine Compressor Performance Testing. Students will have the unique opportunity to practice what they have learned by taking part in a live demonstration on rotordynamic issues and characterization of key instabilities in the gas turbine laboratory at SwRI. They will also be participating in a hands-on test at the SwRI Natural Gas Closed-Loop Facility.

Real life case studies will further enhance the students' skills in trouble-shooting rotordynamic issues, vibration analysis, and gas turbine compressor performance testing. Acquiring and perfecting these skills will enable them to go back to the workplace and perform their job with a much higher level of performance and accuracy.

MARCH 26-27, 2009

"Basic Fluid Mechanics"

Instructor: Dr. Bijay K. Sultanian, PE, MBA, Siemens Energy, Inc.


Empowered by the knowledge gained in this course, participants will develop a unique insight into fluid mechanics, and will start loving the subject matter like never before. With total focus on clear understanding of the fundamental concepts of fluid mechanics and the related simple mathematics with a number of example problems, the course will help participants develop a solid foundation in the subject matter to solve many practical fluids engineering problems. For example, they will master the techniques of control volume analysis of mass, linear momentum, angular momentum, and energy in both inertial and non-inertial reference frames. In addition, they will develop unprecedented depth of understanding of Euler and Navier-Stokes equations, boundary-layer analysis, flow separation, both subsonic and supersonic compressible flows, including Fanno flows, Rayleigh flows, normal shocks, and oblique shocks.

MARCH 27, 2009

"Engineering Ethics in Action"

Instructor: Andrew Taylor, P.E.--Instructor for ASME-IPTI and the U.S. Navy (works for Energy)

* This is a 3 hour course. It will be held in the morning and again in the afternoon.


This class features interactive discussion, a videotape presentation or role-play, and a focus on technical decisions that engineers must make in the workplace. Course material is changed biennially to ensure a fresh learning environment for repeat students. At the conclusion of this class, within a given area of technical competence, each student will be able to perform engineering duties in accordance with an engineering code of ethics.

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