Introduction to Gas Turbine Engine Control

  • Gennady G. Kulikov
  • Haydn A. Thompson
Part of the Advances in Industrial Control book series (AIC)


In this chapter, an introduction to gas turbine engine operation and control is given. The chapter starts by emphasising engine control in general through a brief survey of conventional control strategies. Engines need to attain high levels of overall efficiency. A number of high-level efficiency criteria are introduced and the use of optimisation within the design cycle is considered. The chapter concludes with a section considering examples of on-line optimisation from a number of different viewpoints to maximise: range at cruise condition, specific fuel consumption and thrust. The aim is to globally optimise the engines overall performance through selection of appropriate control strategies.


Specific Fuel Consumption Shaft Speed Transient Operation Aero Engine Maximum Thrust 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    Cohen H, Rogers GFC, Saravanamuttoo HIH. Gas Turbine Theory. Harlow: Addison-Wesley-Longman, 1996.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Cherkhasov BA. Automatica and Control of Jet Engines. (In Russian). Moscow: Mashinostroenie, 1988.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Dutton K, Thompson S, Barraclough B. The Art of Control Engineering, New York: Addison-Wesley, 1997.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    McGlone ME. Transition of a technology base for advanced aircraft gas turbine control systems. ASME Trans. Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbine and Power, 1998;12;3: 437–441.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. 5.
    Kulikov GG. General schematic of gas turbine engines and their control programs. In: Shevyakov AA, Martyanova TS, editors. Optimisation of Multi-variable Control Systems of Aero Gas Turbine Engines. (In Russian). Moscow: Mashinostroenie, 1989; 16–23.Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Shevyakov AA, editor. Integrated Automatic Control of Aero Power Plants. (In Russian). Moscow: Mashinostroenie, 1983.Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Thompson HA. Parallel Processing for Jet Engine Control. Advances in industrial control Series. London: Springer-Verlag, 1992.CrossRefzbMATHGoogle Scholar
  8. 8.
    Kulikov GG, Arkov YuG, Arkov VYu. Method for control of radial clearance in turbine of turbo prop engine and device for its implementation. Patent No.2052644 (RF), 1996.Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Kikstra JF, Roffel B, Schoen P. Model predictive control of a combined heat and power plant using local linear models. ASME Trans. J. engineering for Gas Turbine and Power, 1998;12;4:689–693.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag London 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gennady G. Kulikov
    • 1
  • Haydn A. Thompson
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Automated Control SystemsUfa State Aviation Technical UniversityRussia
  2. 2.Department of Automatic Control and Systems EngineeringThe University of SheffieldSheffieldUK

Personalised recommendations