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Gas Turbine Technology option - MSc in Thermal Power

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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Engineering

  • Start Date

    March, October

  • Course Duration

    Full-time MSc - one year

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    16 April 2018

Course content

The UK continues to lead the world in power and propulsion technology. In addition to its established aerospace role, the gas turbine is finding increasing application in power generation, oil and gas pumping, chemical processing and power plants for ships and other large vehicles.

Gas Turbine Technology is a specialist option of the MSc in Thermal Power providing a comprehensive background in the design and operation of different types of gas turbines for all applications.

Who is it for?

This course is designed for those seeking a career in the design, development, operations and maintenance of power and propulsion systems. Graduates are provided with the skills that allow them to deliver immediate benefits in a very demanding and rewarding workplace and therefore are in great demand.

Suitable for graduates seeking a challenging and rewarding career in an international growth industry.

Why this course?

The MSc option in Gas Turbine Technology is structured to enable you to pursue your own specific interests and career aspirations. You may choose from a wide range of modules and select an appropriate research project. An intensive industrial management course is offered which assists in achieving exemptions from some engineering council requirements. You will receive a thorough grounding in gas turbine design principles for aerospace, marine and industrial applications. 

We have been at the forefront of postgraduate education in thermal power and gas turbine technology at Cranfield since 1946. We have a global reputation for our advanced postgraduate education, extensive research and applied continuing professional development. 

This MSc programme benefits from a wide range of cultural backgrounds which significantly enhances the learning experience for both staff and students.

Informed by Industry

Our industry partners help support our students in a number of ways - through guest lectures, awarding student prizes, recruiting course graduates and ensuring course content remains relevant to leading employers.

The Industrial Advisory Panel meets annually to maintain course relevancy and ensure that graduates are equipped with the skills and knowledge required by leading employers. Knowledge gained from our extensive research and consultancy activity is also constantly fed back into the MSc programme. The Thermal Power MSc Industrial Advisory Panel is comprised of senior engineers from companies such as:

  • Alstom
  • Canadian Forces
  • EASA
  • EasyJet
  • E-ON
  • RMC
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Royal Air Force (RAF).

Accreditation

Re-accreditation for the MSc in Thermal Power is currently being sought with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), and the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.

Course details

The course is comprised of up to 12 taught modules, depending on the course option chosen. Modules for each option vary; please see individual descriptions for compulsory modules which must be undertaken. There is also an opportunity to choose from an extensive choice of optional modules to match specific interests.

Individual project

You are required to submit a written thesis describing an individual research project carried out during the course. Many individual research projects have been carried out with industrial sponsorship, and have often resulted in publication in international journals and symposium papers. This thesis is examined orally in September in the presence of an external examiner.

Previous Individual Research Projects have included:

  • S-duct aerodynamic shape multi-objective optimisation
  • Performance modelling of evaporative gas turbine cycles for marine applications
  • Mechanical integrity/stress analysis of the high pressure compressor of a new engine
  • High pressure turbine blade life analysis for a civilian derivative aircraft conducting military operations
  • Engine performance degradation due to foulants in the environment
  • Effects of manufacturing tolerances on gas turbine performance and components
  • Development of a transient combustion model
  • Numerical fan modelling and aerodynamic analysis of a high bp ratio turbofan engine
  • Combustor modelling
  • Impact of water ingestion on large jet engine performance and emissions
  • Windmilling compressor and fan aerodynamics
  • Neural networks based sensor fault diagnostics for industrial gas turbine engines
  • Boundary layer ingestion for novel aircraft
  • Multidisciplinary design optimisation for axial compressors
  • Non-linear off design performance adaptation for a twin spool turbofan engine
  • Engine degradation analysis and washing effect on performance using measured data.

Assessment

Taught modules 50%, Individual research project 50%

Your career

Over 90% of the graduates of the course have found employment within the first year of course completion. Many of our graduates are employed in the following industries:

  • Gas turbine engine manufacturers
  • Airframe manufacturers
  • Airline operators
  • Regulatory bodies
  • Aerospace/Energy consultancies
  • Power production industries
  • Academia: doctoral studies.

Visit the Gas Turbine Technology option - MSc in Thermal Power page on the Cranfield University website for more details!

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