CT200 – Combustion Turbine-Generator Fundamentals

CT200 – Combustion Turbine-Generator Fundamentals

2 days - 14 PDH Credits Awarded



In today’s market, Combustion (Gas) Turbines are an essential component in power production. A combustion turbine is a simple, but yet a complex machine.  It is simple in terms of its theory of operation.   It is complex in terms its size, its risk to mis-operation, and the need to provide complex support and/or protection schemes.  Combustion Turbines are used in various applications including, simple cycle peaking plants, or combined cycle operations. Understanding the fundamentals, components, and support systems is essential in safe and efficient operation.    This course is intended to begin this learning process. Topical outline includes: Thermodynamic principles as they apply to a combustion turbine, Descriptions of types of combustion turbines, Application, Major Gas Path Components, Major Auxiliary Systems, Starting Systems, Combustion Turbine Controls Overview, Generator Principles of Operation, Generator Components. This course is the first two days of a 4-day class on “Combined Cycle Turbine-Generator Fundamentals”.  The four day class, CT201, if you’re interested, includes the steam turbine.


At the completion of this course the participant will be able to:
  1. Describe the thermodynamic principles associated with the combustion turbine.
  2. Describe the basic cycles used for different types of combustion engines.
  3. List the major components of any combustion turbine and describe their function.
  4. Discuss the various ways in which efficiency of a combustion turbine can be changed.
  5. Describe the flow through the combustion turbine including any extraction points.
  6. Identify and state the function of a given auxiliary system and describe its operation.
  7. Describe the effects that humidity, ambient temperature, compressor ratio, firing temperature, exhaust temperature, and exhaust pressure have on turbine performance.
  8. Describe the ability to determine turbine output and heat rate.

Course Outline

  1. Introduction
  2. Thermodynamic Principles: Energy, Energy Conversion, Heat Transfer, Combustion Theory
  3. Combustion Turbine Fundamentals: Design Considerations, Classifications of Combustion Turbines, Characteristics of Combustion Turbines, Advanced Combustion Turbine Designs
  4. Combustion Turbine Components: Turbine Main Components, Combustion Section, Turbine Section, Exhaust Section, Gears and Couplings, Turbine Base and Supports, Unit Enclosures
  5. Combustion Turbine Support Systems: Electrical System, Inlet and Exhaust System, Starting Systems, Fuel and Fuel Treatment Systems, Lubricating Oil Systems, Cooling Water/Air Systems, Water Wash Systems, Fire Protection Systems
  6. Turbine Controls Overview
  7. Generator: Generator Major Components, AC Power Generation, Generator Auxiliary Systems

Course Dates / Location / Fee 

See www.TurbineGeneratorTraining.com for detail on the course dates / locations / and registration fees. HPC’s 3-4-2 policy applies:  Sign up 3 for the same course/date, pay in advance, and pay for only 2 (the 3rd participant is free)! HPC Technical Services reserves the right to cancel any course/seminar within 10-working days of the scheduled date.  Fees are 100% refunded or credited to another Seminar (clients' choice) if HPC should cancel any Seminar.  HPC is not responsible for non-refundable airline tickets or other travel expenses under any circumstance.


All HPC instructors are educated ‘experts’ on the subjects they teach, with years of relevant hands-on experience (typically 20+ years), and have proven instructional skills. Brief resumes can be looked up on HPC’s website, www.TurbineGeneratorTraining.com.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will HPC Technical Services bring this course to our location for our personnel only?   YES, call or email Stephen Parker,  Stephen@TurbineGeneratorTraining.com for a price quotation.
  • Will HPC Technical Services customize the presentation at our site to suit our particular needs?  Yes.
  • Is HPC Technical Services' textbook available for purchase as a reference document?  Soon to be available.
  • What is the cost for HPC Technical Service to deliver this course at our location?  Well, of course that can vary, but generally speaking, if you're planning on having 6+ attend, when considering your T&L, it is to your advantage to perform the course at your plant (office).  You gain from the customization and price.
  • Can HPC Technical Services provide "Technical Assistance" in conducting functional checkouts or troubleshooting problems?   Yes we can.  Call or contact Stephen Parker,  Stephen@TurbineGeneratorTraining.com for our rate sheets and any further information required.

What you will receive

  1. 1 copy of HPC Technical Services' textbook, CT200, Combustion Turbine Generator Fundamentals.  It is a valuable desktop reference in addition to being able to enhance the learning process.
  2. A Certificate of Completion with 14-PDH.

Gas Turbine Certification

There are three levels of certification (All three levels require this course):
  1. Field Engineer
  2. Mechanical Maintenance Technician
  3. Control Room Operator
Those who attend this course are automatically qualified to take HPC Technical Services' Certification Examination.  This examination is offered at no additional expense to the participant. An 80% passing grade is required.   The examination length will not exceed 2-hours.  Those who complete this examination will receive a revised "certificate of completion" that recognizes this accomplishment along with two-copies of a "To Whom It May Concern" letter that states their accomplishment.   (Two copies are provided, one for the participants' employer and one for the participants' personal file.)  Consult HPC's website, www.TurbineGeneratorTraining.com, for detail on this certification program.