Gas Turbine Failure Analysis

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Monday June 11, 2018 | Jim Oswald | Bangkok, Thailand

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Past Course

Code Start Date End Date Location Cost Instructor Register
PST0189  10 Sep 2012  12 Sep 2012  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  SGD 4495  Jim Oswald 
PST0189-201401  25 Aug 2014  28 Aug 2014  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  SGD 3995  Jim Oswald 
PST0189-201501  27 Jul 2015  30 Jul 2015  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  SGD 4495  Jim Oswald 
PST0189-201701  24 Jul 2017  25 Jul 2017  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  SGD 2995  Jim Oswald 
PST0189-201702  27 Nov 2017  29 Nov 2017  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  SGD 3595  Jim Oswald 
PST0189-201801  23 Apr 2018  25 Apr 2018  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  SGD 3595  Jim Oswald 
PST0189-201802  11 Jun 2018  13 Jun 2018  Bangkok, Thailand  SGD 3595  Jim Oswald 
Monday June 11, 2018 | Jim Oswald | Bangkok, Thailand
Failure investigations are tough rigorous challenges form the best in engineering. This course will teach delegates the range of thinking and subjects, which need to be considered in driving to find the real root cause of a failure. The class will be based around some of the most difficult challenges faced by the professions in the industry and challenge the analytical and creative ability of the best students.
Jim Oswald has resolved many major gas turbine failures that can not be solved by many consultants before him. These cases will be presented on the course and there will be a lot of exercises to let the delegates have a deep understanding in solving major gas turbine failure.
Each attendee must bring a laptop computer with Microsoft operating system with Microsoft Excel and power point installed.
Monday June 11, 2018 | Jim Oswald | Bangkok, Thailand
Delegates will be reminded in how a gas turbine works, learn how to think through failure sequences and learn how to avoid misleading failure information
• How a Gas Turbines works, flows, controls, combustors, noise.
• Group Task with Case Study – Delegates will identify gas turbine failure and chart sequence of events before and after failure. Discussion on need for creativity in failure investigation based on Trainer’s experience.
• The importance of careful recording and how to record.
• Case Study
• Misinformation and how it occures
• Group Task - How to improve recording data




Delegates will learn about formal failure methods, how and why metal fails when and how best to use specialist
• Fishbone, RCA, Ishikawa
• Group Task - Redo chart of DAY 1 using formal method. Discuss and Compare the benefits
• Using Specialist expertise in GT Failure investigations: mellurgy, noise, vibration, controls
• When and how to use them in validation and discovery of evidence
• How to break metal: fatigue, creep, fracture, vibration
• The differences, and why its vital to understanding failures
• Case Study
• Group Task - identify if fatigue or creep from reports / photos provided. Judge if high cycle or low cycle fatigue
Day 3
Delegates will learn about a common cause of failure (fatigue) and work through case study work using methods taught and thus how to avoid a repeat failure
• Case Study
• Thermal Fatigue - What is it, how does it arrive and how leads to cracking and failure.
• Case Study
• Group task - calculate if thermal fatigue likely from data supplied
• Pattern of failures and why patterns matter
• Group task - identify patterns from data supplied. What does the pattern tell you?
• Group task - Delegates will be presented with failure evidence (based on real and serious failures) and asked to explain the failure using methods learnt. They will work in teams of 3 or 4. Trainer will act as engine operator and OEM. They need investigate and identify root cause followed by presenting the results to senior management.
Monday June 11, 2018 | Jim Oswald | Bangkok, Thailand
  • Identifying the true root cause of failures, consequences, sequences of failure and remedies
  • Understanding the interactions of components of gas turbine as a system including control systems and engine surge
  • Effectively organising and structuring an investigation plan
  • Experience first hand how fishbone analysis and Sequence of Events can help in investigations
  • Assessing fatigue failures and how it limits engine operational life
  • Assessing factors which limit reliable operation
  • Identifying the true root cause of failures, consequences, sequences of failure and remedies
  • Understanding, recognizing and preventing further repeat failures through pattern analysis
  • Strengthen understanding of gas turbine failures and operational limit concerns through thorough discussion with the trainer
Monday June 11, 2018 | Jim Oswald | Bangkok, Thailand
The course is designed for professionals who want to know practical knowledge which will sharpen analytical skill in resolving major gas turbine failures.
  • Reliability Engineer
  • Rotating Mechanical Engineer
  • Maintenance Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Instrument Engineer
Monday June 11, 2018 | Jim Oswald | Bangkok, Thailand

Mr. Jim Oswald, C.Eng, MIMechE

Leading Gas Turbine Failure Investigation Consultant


Jim has 35 years experience designing & developing gas turbines and more than 20 years experience gas turbine failure investigations.

Oswald Established an engineering consultancy in 2003 providing technical support for design and development support for new and operating gas turbine plant and other new product developments in the energy industry.

Previous experiences gained in international energy company - new product design & development and company strategy. Extensive technical knowledge is combined with excellent presentation skills, business acumen, international experience and a desire to assist others in the field of energy. Well regarded for ability to communicate, innovate and solve technically challenging issues.

His specialty: Gas Turbine design, Risk assessment, Managing development programmes, Stress analysis, Lifing components, Creep analysis, System design, Innovation & Turbine design.

Some of his clients: GDF Suez, Teesside Power Station, Rolls-Royce, Babcock International Group, Infinis Energy Services, Energy Technology Institute, E.on, PX Ltd, Stadtkraft, Carbon Trust, ITM Fuel Cells, etc.