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Turbine design for clean power and propulsion

24 February, 2023 @ 09:00 - 31 March, 2023 @ 12:00

PhD Course, 7.5 higher education credits

Welcome to an online course on turbomachinery.


Engineers concerned with environmental aspects, efficient energy production, less polluting transportation. Researchers aiming to be trained in aerothermal development of turbomachinery. Engineering students interested in pursuing a career in the energy sector, aircraft propulsion, turbomachinery.

Course description

This course is composed of five parts. In the first section the fundamental relationships are explained through several modules comprising: the development of non-dimensional analysis, velocity triangles, efficiency and the degree of reaction, and radial equilibrium. At the end of this section the learner acquired the tools to perform mono-dimensional design of a turbomachinery as well as the meridional analysis. In the second section we present the experimental and computational tools available to assess the aerothermal performance of turbomachinery. The third section is focused on axial turbines, which includes consecutive modules on all possible architectures, blade design, secondary flows, trailing edge flows, tip flows, unsteady flows, forced response and noise. The fourth section is concerned with compressors, axial and radial, their performance and design. The last section focuses on the new areas of research as well as the future use of turbomachinery for power and propulsion.

Course learning objectives

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  1. Design a turbomachine, assess their aerodynamic performance & and convective heat transfer
  2. Characterize the unsteady behavior of the turbomachinery
  3. Communicate final developed design to a panel of experts in the field
  4. Develop a critical analysis to optimize future turbomachinery concepts based on physical principles
  5. Outline future research programs to address aerothermal challenges


  • Fundamentals of thermodynamics
  • Fundamentals of fluid mechanics


Professor Guillermo Paniagua, Purdue University, USA
Fulbright scholarship for the Distinguished chair in Alternative Energy at Chalmers University of Technology,

Course schedule


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24 February, 2023 @ 09:00
31 March, 2023 @ 12:00
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