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Gas Turbine and Jet Propulsion

Xin Zhang
Room: 2577C.
Telephone: (852) 3469-2220

Gas Turbine and Jet Propulsion

Teaching assistants
Yuhao Sun (
and Shengyang Gao ( )

The module considers the major components of gas turbine
engines for aircraft applications, indicates their design
features and enables their performance to be estimated.

Aims and objectives

To describe the component design and operational limitations
of gas turbine engines for aircraft applications. Having
successfully completed the module, you will be able to
demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

the design and operational behaviour of the major components in aircraft gas
turbine engine
the factors that limit the performance of these components
the way the various components interact with each other
the performance limitations of various types of aircraft engines based on the
gas turbine cycle
those factors that determine the transient response of a gas turbine engine


Introduction to propulsion


Introduction to gas turbine


Review of fundamentals of aerodynamics


Review of thermodynamics


Gas turbine performance


Gas turbine background







Assumed prior knowledge

Basic thermodynamics:
Ideal gas equation of state;
Steady flow energy equation;
Isentropic relations between p, T and

Compressible flow relations:

Definitions of and relationships between stagnation and static states;
Normal and oblique shock relations

Basic understanding of the gas turbine (Brayton) thermodynamic cycle

Teaching and learning

Module lectures: 26
Module hours: 39

Total module hours including tutorial: 52

Private study hours: 156

Transferable skills

An aeroengine is a highly complex system, the jewel of aerospace industry; its design and manufacture
requires a higher level of sophistication than other engineering products
Aerodynamics and thermodynamics knowledge and expertise are used widely in the design
The principles and problem solving skills used in aeroengine design can be used in tackling other

Learning outcomes

An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering


An ability to design an aerospace system, component, or process to meet desired needs within
realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health, and safety,
manufacturability, and sustainability


An ability to identify, formulate, and solve aerospace engineering problems


An understanding of the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and

societal context


A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning


A knowledge of contemporary issues in aerospace engineering


An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for aerospace
engineering practice

Reading lists
Nicholas Cumpsty, Jet Propulsion: A Simple Guide to the Aerodynamic and
Thermodynamic Design and Performance of Jet Engines, Cambridge University
Press, 2nd edition, 2003, ISBN-13: 978-0521541442
Supporting textbooks

Philip Hill and Carl Peterson, Mechanics and Thermodynamics of Propulsion

(International Edition), Pearson, 2nd Edition, 2009, ISBN-13: 978-8131729519

Jack Mattingly, Elements of Propulsion: Gas Turbines and Rockets (AIAA Education),
AIAA, 2006, ISBN-13: 978-1563477799

Rolls-Royce "The Jet Engine, Wiley-Blackwell; 1st edition, 2015, ISBN-13: 9781119065999.

Homework Assignments

10 %

Mid-term Examination 2

30 %

Final Examination

60 %