Introduction to Jet Engines - A Practical Perspective (2.5 days)
This two and a half day course is all about Gas Turbine Engines (GTEs), how they operate and how they are used in various air-breathing propulsion systems. From a very practical perspective, you will be introduced to the fundamentals of the engine core (compressor, combustor, and turbine) and the various GTE propulsion systems.
“Best class ever taken by me in 27 years provided by TAFB.” –Tinker Air Force Base, May 2013
Course Outline – First Day:
- Introduction and Historical Perspective
- Foundational Concepts: Blade Geometry, Aerodynamics, and Thrust Fundamentals
- Applications: Propeller Aerodynamics, Inlets and Nozzles
- The Gas Turbine Engine “Core” : Compressor, Combustor and Turbine
- Propulsion Systems: Turbojet, Turbofan, Turboprop, and Turboshaft
Third Day (Morning Only):
- Engine Performance and Operability
- Airframe and Engine(s) Integration
You will be given a set of course notes and a copy of Klaus Hunecke’s text, “Jet Engines – Fundamentals of Theory, Design, and Operation.” 2.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are awarded.
This is our most popular introductory propulsion course. It is the best course for most audiences as it provides a practical appreciation for and foundational understanding of the aircraft gas turbine engine. It is particularly suited for anyone working in the aircraft gas turbine engine field, regardless of functional specialty, experience, or educational background. A building-block approach is used. No prior knowledge is assumed.
In Affiliation with Dr. Jack Mattingly and Dr. Link Jaw,
Practical Aeronautics is proud to offer the following continuing education courses for engineers!
Cycle Analysis of Gas Turbine Engines (4.5 days)
This four and a half day course is for engineers with a fundamental knowledge of thermodynamics who desire a practical understanding of aircraft gas turbine engine cycle performance including design, analysis, and test. Attendees will gain a foundational understanding of the interplay between basic engine design choices and aircraft-engine system performance. Course content includes a design project and an engine lab experience featuring engine performance calculations from measured test data, with comparison to performance estimates from cycle analysis software.
“I will better understand the impact and purpose of the testing I do. This will help me better communicate with customers.” –Arnold AFB, March 2013
“Teach it as much as possible. I took 4 years of similar courses in college yet this one tied it all together in 1 week.” –Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, NC, January 2015
“I like the professionalism and the concern for the student understanding of material.” –Tinker AFB, March 2014
Course highlights include:
- Overview of Aircraft-Engine System Fundamentals
- Fundamentals of Parametric Cycle Analysis
- Fundamentals of Engine Performance Analysis
- Design Team Competition
Both new and experienced engineers working in the aircraft and/or engine technology area will benefit from this course. Attendees will return to their work with an improved understanding of aircraft gas turbine engine cycle analysis as well as the entire engine enterprise.
Course attendees receive a copy of the text book “Elements of Propulsion, Second Edition,” written by Jack Mattingly and Keith Boyer, just published in 2016. They also receive the latest version of Dr. Mattingly’s cycle analysis software, AEDsys, as well as course notes. 3.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are awarded.
Fundamentals of Aircraft Engine Controls, Accessories, and Health Management (4.5 days)
COURSE DESCRIPTION and MATERIALS:
This four and a half day course is for engineers who desire a foundational understanding of aircraft engine control and accessory systems for both turbofan and turboshaft engines. Course material focuses on five key topics: 1) overview of engine controls systems; 2) modeling and simulation; 3) system integration; 4) advanced control concepts; and 5) engine health management. Emphasis is on hands-on learning as numerous computer laboratories are interwoven with the lesson material. Theory and practice come together with practical applications.
Course highlights include:
- Engine Performance and Operability
- Fundamentals of Automatic Control and Engine Modeling
- Engine Set-Point and Transient Control Design
- Introduction to Active Controls and Advanced Control Concepts
- Engine Accessory Systems and Modeling
- Engine Health Management
- Multiple Computer Labs
The course is based on the AIAA Education Series textbook, Aircraft Engine Controls, Design, System Analysis, and Health Monitoring, which is provided to the participants as are course notes. The text is written by Dr. Link Jaw with Dr. Jack Mattingly. 3.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are awarded.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
The course is targeted for degreed engineers. Background in aerodynamics, thermodynamics, mechanics, or automatic control systems is desirable but not necessary. Some knowledge in gas turbine engines is preferred. The course is tailored for design engineers and maintenance engineers who routinely deal with sustainment of engines that employ Full Authority Digital Electronic Controls (FADEC) and hydro-mechanical controls. Attendees will return to their work with an improved understanding of aircraft gas turbine engine controls and accessory systems needed to ensure robust engine performance and operability.
“Liked the aid of MATLAB to visualize control concepts, use of physical examples” Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma
(Responses to ‘Will this course assist you in your job?’)
“Yes, understanding control dynamics is essential to analyzing system performance and issues” Tinker AFB, OK
“Will help with deeper understanding of the analysis that is the foundation for control system design and design change” Tinker AFB, OK
Aircraft Engine Systems Design – 3 Courses
This three-course sequence is presented in logical parts:
- Session I – Introductory Systems Analysis (aircraft-engine),
- Session II – Intermediate Engine Design, and
- Session III – Advanced Component Design.
It is highly recommended that students attend all three sessions as this will ensure maximum understanding and retention – everything is brought back to a systems-level perspective. The mutually supportive roles of analytical tools, iteration, and judgment are clearly demonstrated. The methodology employed reproduces the design process of industry and can be applied to any type of engine, while allowing the free substitution of individual design criteria and calculations.
“I work in controls and assist in systems/performance. The more I know about overall engine systems the more helpful it is – the better questions I can ask of the OEM.” –Tinker Air Force Base, OK, July 2015
“I learned more to apply to my job in this one class than I did in 4 years of college.” –Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD, August 2014
“This course definitely is a help – it is good to see everything from start to finish and how everything ties together…the Air Force really needs people with a broader, and systems, viewpoint.” – Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH, May 2014
Aircraft Engine Systems Design Introductory Systems Analysis (2 days)
Aircraft Engine Systems Design Intermediate Engine Design (2.5 days)
Aircraft Engine Systems Design Advanced Component Design (4.5 days)
Overall: This three-course sequence will benefit both young and experienced professionals who wish to broaden their understanding of the engine systems design process. It is based on the popular AIAA Education Series textbook, “Aircraft Engine Design, Second Edition,” and its AEDsys software, both of which are provided to the participants, as are course notes. This textbook is the winner of the 2005 AIAA Summerfield Book Award, and Dr. Mattingly is the lead author. A working knowledge of thermodynamics and compressible flow is highly desirable, as is some background in chemical reactions, materials, and structures.