August 29 - September 1, 2016  

Williams Tower - Houston, TX



Combustion Characteristics is a comprehensive troubleshooting and problem-solving class covering the effects of operating conditions and control adjustments on engine combustion. There is detailed discussion related to issues affecting the development and use of horsepower performance curves.

The workshop includes 48 different operating scenarios and problems.It covers pure turbo-charged 4-stroke cycle, turbo-charged 2-stroke cycle, piston scavenged 2-stroke cycle, and naturally aspirated 4-stroke cycle engines.

Course Content

  • In-depth discussion of combustion characteristics including: peak firing pressure, MEP, exhaust temperatures, turbocharger speed, and brake specific fuel consumption,
  • NOx and CO emissions on various engines.
  • Effects of changes in air/fuel ratio, ignition timing, fuel composition, torque, speed, and certain mechanical problems on the engine’s combustion characteristics.
  • Advanced ignition theory and ignition schematics.
  • Horsepower performance and compressor curve use and development.

Who Should Attend: The class is intended for all job classifications involved with the operation, repair, analysis, engineering, and supervision of reciprocating engines

Randy Anderson, CECO Training Services. Mr Anderson brings a wealth of experience and is a highly regarded subject matter expert and instructor.

Professional Development Hours (PDH)
This workshop qualifies for 28 Professional Development Hours. 

Event Information

  • Course Fee:  $1425 GMRC member company; $1845 Non-member
  • Schedule: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mon/Tues/Wed and 8:00 a.m. to Noon Thursday.
  • Each participant will receive a comprehensive workbook, a valuable resource that will provide benefits long after the completion of the class.
  • Questions? Email or phone (972) 620-8505 and someone will be happy to assist you.

Hotel Information 

Westin Oaks (5011 Westheimer at Post Oak) or Westin Galleria (5060 West Alabama)

  • Corporate rate of $210 per night (single/double) (Deluxe Guestroom rate of $240)
  • Request the corporate rate for the Southern Gas Association (Corporate Rate Code 503711)
  • Call Reservations: 888.627.8514
  • Rate is based on inventory availability
  • Reservations for late check in can be guaranteed with a credit card or deposit
  • Cancellations more than 24 hours in advance of arrival result in no penalty charges
  • Reservation includes: 
    • Complimentary access to the fitness facility
    • Complimentary self-parking 
    • Complimentary internet in guest rooms

Event attendees must contact the hotel directly by phone to make reservations.  Any contact to you from a third party claiming to be a booking agent for SGA/GMRC should be considered a scam.


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2015 Combustion Characteristics

2014 Combustion Characteristics

2011 Combustion Characteristics