CT200 - Combustion Turbine Generator Fundamentals

| Print |

2 days - 1.3 Continuing Education Units Awarded

Course Dates Download Brochure PDF
USD 1,595.00


In today's market, Combustion 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 intended for new combustion turbine operators, supervisors, and management and also for experienced operators that haven't had any formal training on Combustion Turbines.

  1. At the completion of this course the participant will be able to:
  2. Describe the thermodynamic principles associated with the combustion turbine.
  3. Describe the basic cycles used for different types of combustion engines.
  4. List the major components of any combustion turbine and describe their function.
  5. Discuss the various ways in which efficiency of a combustion turbine can be changed.
  6. Describe the flow through the combustion turbine including any extraction points.
  7. Identify and state the function of a given auxiliary system and describe its operation.
  8. Describe the effects that humidity, ambient temperature, compressor ratio, firing temperature, exhaust temperature, and exhaust pressure have on turbine performance.
  9. Describe the ability to determine turbine output and heat rate.
  1. Thermodynamic Principles: Energy, Energy Conversion, Heat Transfer, Combustion Theory
  2. Combustion Turbine Fundamentals: Design Considerations, Classifications of Combustion Turbines, Characteristics of Combustion Turbines,Turbine Main Components, Compressor Section, Combustion Section, Turbine Section, Exhaust Section,
  3. Generator Theory: Generator Major Components, AC Power Generation, Generator Auxiliary Systems


  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 1.3 CEUs, authorized for issue by the International Associate of Continuing Education/Training.


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.hpcnet.com, for detail on this certification program.