Seminars, workshops, creation of performance models and other services are offered by these two experienced gas turbine performance engineers:

Dr. Joachim Kurzke

... spent his engineering life dealing with gas turbine performance, first at the Technical University of Munich, Institute for Flight Propulsion. There he learnt a lot from Professor H.G. Münzberg who had acquired his gas turbine expertise during the times of pencil and slide ruler. As a young engineer, Kurzke confronted his professor with print outs from a computer - for good reason he never accepted the argument: These numbers must be right because the computer cannot be wrong. The outcome of every numerical examination needed an explanation, based on the laws of physics.

1976 Kurzke joined the performance department of the company which is now MTU Aero Engines and stayed there for 28 years. He worked on a multitude of different engine projects, designed the engine performance program MOPS for MTU, and applied it to the everyday problems in the performance department. MOPS is due to the modular design very flexible and can be adapted easily to new requirements, however, it’s use requires significant training in gas turbine performance. This observation resulted in the development of the performance program GasTurb™. This software concentrates on the user interface, without neglecting any detail which is required for professional gas turbine performance work. After more than 20 years in the public domain, GasTurb™ is well known and acknowledged all over the world.

Joachim Kurzke has published numerous papers dealing with gas turbine performance, and was a member of several RTO (former AGARD) working groups, as well as the SAE E33 committee “Thrust in Flight”. He is still a member of the ASME/IGTI Aircraft Engine and Education Committees.


Dr. Robert Hill

After starting with a B.A. in Mathematics from Queens’ College, Cambridge, followed by a Ph.D., also in Mathematics, from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, Robert Hill spent his working life as an engineer in the gas turbine industry.His initial post was in the Technical Design department at Rolls-Royce in Derby working on oil and air systems for large civil engines. This was followed by ten years in the Performance Department at MTU in Munich. The scope of work covered a large number of engines, mainly in collaboration with Pratt and Whitney and ranged from the PW300 at low thrust end to the PW4084 at the top.In 1991 he moved to BMW Rolls-Royce (now Rolls-Royce Deutschland) and was closely involved in the early years of this new company. Until 1996 he was the Project Engineer on the BR700 engine family. This involved negotiating the technical specifications for the first two BR710 applications on the Gulfstream GV and the Bombardier Global Express and coordinating the integration of the whole propulsion system with the aircraft through the process of design, development and certification.Since then and until retirement from Rolls-Royce Deutschland in 2017, he worked in Future Programmes helping shape the long-term product strategy, which evolved into the recently announced Pearl 15 and Pearl 700 projects. In total he has worked with around 30 aircraft companies on over 70 engine/aircraft concepts. During this time he used GasTurb extensively to explore cycle options as well as for competitor assessments.After retirement he joined the GasTurb team, working part-time as an external consultant.