Atmos Energy / Charles K Vaughan Center

Plano, Texas

May 2 - 5, 2017



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. Tues/Wed/Thurs and 8:00 a.m. to Noon Friday.
  • 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.

Vaughan Center Map - 3697 Mapleshade Lane, Plano, TX  75075

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2016 Combustion Charateristics

2015 Combustion Characteristics

2014 Combustion Characteristics

2011 Combustion Characteristics