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Gasturbines and Thermoacoustics


The lecture "Gasturbines and Thermoacoustics" takes place in the winter semester and consists of a mixture of academic lectures (8 lectures, 3 hours each) and invited talks (12 invited talks from a total of 4 speakers, 3 hours each) from experts from the gas turbine industry .

Registration is not required.

The lecture notes will be provided on the corresponding ISIS website. The required password will be announced in the first block or can be requested at the responsible project leaders (see contact below).


The course will be held online using Zoom, in English. A link to the Zoom meetings can be found on the ISIS website. There will be no "academic quarter", the lectures start at the times given below.

Times may be subject to sudden change, please check regularly the ISIS website for updates.

Lecturers and Content

Dr. Alessandro Orchini (TU Berlin)

  • Thermodynamics
  • Fundamentals of acoustics (wave propagation, entropy waves, acoustic characterization of combustors, sources of sound)
  • Acoustic measurement and numerical methods

Prof. Dr. Myles Bohon (TU Berlin)

  • Combustion fundamentals (premixed and non-premixed flames, flame speed, reaction kinetics, heat transfer)

Dr. Valter Bellucci (ALSTOM / WinGD, Baden) 

  • Fundamentals of gas turbines, aeroengines and stationary gas turbines, compressor and turbine, thermodynamic cycles

Dr. Felix Güthe (GE Power  / Phoenix BioPower)

  • Combustors (fuel injection, different types of fuel, combustor aerodynamics, mixing, emissions; flame stabilization: aerodynamic stabilization, swirl-stabilized flames, reheat flames)

Dr. Bruno Schuermans (ALSTOM / GE Power)

  • Thermoacoustic instabilities (basics, generation, analysis, modeling, control)

Dr. Werner Krebs (Siemens AG Power)

  • Operation and control of gas-turbines, cooling and secondary air flow systems



06.11.2020, 15:00-18:00  -  Dr. Orchini (Introduction and motivation)

09.11.2020, 15:00-18:00  -  Prof. Bohon (Fundamentals of combustion I)

16.11.2020, 15:00-18:00  -  Dr. Bellucci (invited speaker)

20.11.2020, 15:00-18:00  -  Dr. Bellucci (invited speaker)

23.11.2020, 15:00-18:00  -  Dr. Bellucci (invited speaker)

07.12.2020, 15:00-18:00  -  Prof. Bohon (Fundamentals of combustion II)

11.12.2020, 15:00-18:00  -  Dr. Güthe (invited speaker)

14.12.2020, 15:00-18:00  -  Dr. Güthe (invited speaker)

18.12.2020, 15:00-18:00  -  Dr. Güthe (invited speaker)

08.01.2021, 15:00-18:00  - Dr. Orchini (Fundamentals of acoustics and stability analysis - Part I)

15.01.2021, 15:00-18:00  - Dr. Orchini (Fundamentals of acoustics and stability analysis - Part II)

18.01.2021, 09:00-12:00  - Dr. Schuermans (invited speaker)

22.01.2021, 09:00-12:00  - Dr. Schuermans (invited speaker)

29.01.2021, 09:00-12:00  - Dr. Schuermans (invited speaker)

01.02.2021, 15:00-18:00  - Dr. Orchini (Thermoacoustics in annular/can-annular combustors)

05.02.2021, 15:00-18:00  - Dr. Orchini (Matlab exercise)

08.02.2021, 15:00-18:00  - Dr. Krebs (invited speaker)

12.02.2021, 15:00-18:00  - Dr. Krebs (invited speaker)

15.02.2021, 15:00-18:00  - Dr. Krebs (invited speaker)

26.02.2021, 15:00-18:00  - Dr. Orchini (Q&A session)



Funded knowledge of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics advantageous.


Integrated lecture, 2 STE (4 SWS), 6 ECTS credits

Exam: oral exam with Prof. Paschereit (also in English)

Lecture notes: presentation slides as PDF


Alessandro Orchini, Dr.

Myles Bohon, Prof. Dr.


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