About The Course

  • Describe the methodologies used in determining failure causes
  • Understand the knowledge that can be gained from on-site and laboratory investigations
  • Explain how materials, manufacturing and in-service created defects can promote failure
  • Learn common cause of turbine component failures using real life examples

Learning Outcomes

The objective of this course is to enable participants to:

  • Gain an understanding of the techniques and methods used to perform root cause failure analysis
  • Understand the failure modes and materials degradation mechanisms affecting gas and steam turbine components
  • Discuss operational failures, what can be learned from carrying out failure analysis and how this can be used to optimize solutions

Expert Course Faculty

Our key expert is a Partner in MorrisWatson. She has over 38 years’ experience working with the Power Industry specializing in life assessment, root cause failure diagnosis, failure prevention and remediation, and also in the reliability of rotating equipment. She provides independent advise and expert reports for legal and insurance cases, loss adjusters and for other investigatory bodies.


Formerly, she was a Director of Power Resources for Quest Integrity Group LLC from 2009 to 2016, and had responsibility for the Power Industry projects performed globally. Prior roles included Global Group Leader for Quest Reliability Ltd, and General Manager Turbines for MPT Solutions Ltd, IRL Crown Research Institute, New Zealand. Our key expert has held several senior positions in the UK including Head of Power and Utilities for ESR Technology Ltd, formerly the Engineering, Safety and Risk Division of AEA Technology, UK which incorporated three UK National Centres of Excellence – The National Centre of Tribology, The National Non-Destructive Testing Centre and the Pump Centre (UK centre of excellence in pumps and pumping system technology).


She began her career in the power industry where her experience included involvement in power station design, build, commissioning and de-commissioning issues, root cause analysis, life assessment, maintenance, reliability, repair and failure remediation.


She has undertaken projects for coal, oil and gas-fired power plants and oil and gas installations based in UK, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Chile, UAE, KSA, Australia and New Zealand.


Lastly, our key expert was one of the founders of the UK National Pump Centre, a past member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers Tribology Group and was on the advisory board for the UK Pump Centre for 14 years. She was a founder and former Chair of the Gas Turbine Users Forum in Australia/New Zealand and the Geothermal Steam Turbine Users Group. She chairs and presents at industry events and devises, and presents training courses and workshops.


What is root cause failure analysis?

Essentials of performing root cause investigations

Why and how gas steam turbine components usually fail

Failure caused by material and manufacturing defects

Effect of operational duty cycle on failure modes

Real-life case studies

This training course has a limited attendance for up to 20 participants only. Sessions commence at 9am on all days, with short intervals at 10.30am and 3.30pm respectively. 
Refreshments will be provided in the short intervals. Lunch will be provided at 12:30pm for 1 hour. Sessions will end at 5pm on all days.

Unique Features with powerEDGE Training

  • Pre-Course Questionnaire (PCQ) to help us focus on your learning objectives
  • Detailed course & reference manual for continuous learning and sharing
  • Practical exercises & case examples to better understand the principles
  • Limited class size to ensure one-to-one interactivity
  • Assessment at the end of the course to help you develop a personal action plan