Gas Turbine Combustion Short Course (GTCSC)


March 18-22, 2024

Monday through Friday
8:00 am to 4:15 pm M, T, Th, F
8:00 am to 4:15 pm W - A banquet will immediately follow the course until 8:00 pm



Vince McDonell Dr. Vincent G. McDonell, Adjunct Professor of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Environmental Engineering and Director of the UCI Combustion Laboratory at the University of California-Irvine, focuses on gas turbine combustion systems for both liquid and gas fired applications. He is a recognized world expert on phase Doppler interferometry and highly respected for his scientific skill and command of optical diagnostics in two-phase flows and the physics of two-phase transport. Research by Dr. McDonell is documented in over 100 publications. He has written 5 chapters on aspects of gas turbine combustion and the 2nd edition of Atomization and Sprays.

Dr. James Blust received his doctoral degree from the University of Dayton in 1998, studying under Dilip Ballal.  He has worked in the gas turbine industry for over 20 years and holds several patents, including a combustion-induced oscillations patent honored at the 2015 Innovation Festival at the Smithsonian.  His interests include homebrewing and photography.

Jack Brouwer, PhD
Chancellor's Fellow Professor: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, UC Irvine
Director: Clean Energy Institute, UC Irvine

Prof. Brouwer is an energy system dynamics expert with research interests in renewable energy systems; dynamic simulation and control; energy system thermodynamics, design, and integration; electrochemical conversion devices and systems such as fuel cells, electrolyzers and batteries; hydrogen production, storage and conversion systems; hydrogen transmission, distribution, and dispensing; and electrochemical reactions with concurrent heat, mass and momentum transfer. Prof. Brouwer obtained his M.S. and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UCI and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at MIT.

Gareth Oskam BSc PhD has over 50 years experience in combustion technologies, encompassing low NOx civil aviation gas turbines, process combustion, boilers and fired heaters, combustion fundamentals, offshore and onshore flares, and low NOx industrial gas turbines. He has mentored many new engineering graduates in combustion for Solar Turbines Inc and postgraduate students at UCI, Penn State, Georgia Tech and Cal Poly Universities. For 10 years, Gareth was a regular presenter at the UCI Gas Turbine Combustion Short Course. During the 1980's, Gareth participated in the IFRF expert panels on Combustion Aerodynamics and Fired Heaters as representative for BP plc and as delegate to several IFRF conferences on industrial combustion. Later he represented the UK's National Gas Turbine Establishment at IFRF. Gareth regularly represented Solar Turbines Inc at ILASS Americas and ICLASS conferences. Gareth has published papers on fluidized bed combustion of coal for industrial gas turbine applications and on liquid fuel atomization for Lean Premix low NOx combustion for industrial gas turbine applications and is co-author on several other papers. Gareth holds 5 US patents. Now retired, Gareth has focused on personal projects and helping to establish a craft distillery business in San Diego.
Jeffrey Reed, PhD
Chief Scientist - Renewable Fuels and Energy Storage for the Advanced Power and Energy Program at the University of California, Irvine

Dr. Reed's research focuses on advancing the deployment of renewable gaseous fuels and related storage technologies that support the integration of high quantities of renewables on the electric grid, reduce toxic emissions and reduce greenhouse emissions across all sectors of the economy. Prior to joining UCI, Dr. Reed held a number of executive positions in the energy sector. He holds a doctorate in engineering from UC Berkeley and a master's degree in management from Stanford University.

The course is inspired by Arthur Lefebvre, who divided his career between university and industry, spending more than twenty years in both. He authored the popular books "Gas Turbine Combustor Design Problems," "Atomization and Sprays," and "Gas Turbine Combustion,” the latter of which is provided to students enrolled in the course. The lectures in the course are punctuated with carefully selected video segments of Professor Lefebvre’s popular and insightful presentations. Professor Lefebvre is the recipient of the ASME IGTI Gas Turbine, R. Tom Sawyer, and prestigious Scholar Lecturer Awards, and the inaugural AIAA Propellants and Combustion Award. 

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