The open-source mathematical modelling program, ASCEND, provides a framework for solving a wide range of engineering equations. This project would involve using ASCEND to develop a dynamic model for the small gas turbine currently proposed for installation at the focus of the new ANU SG4 dish concentrator. We would seek to calculate the annual output achievable from this dish/engine, using as sophisticated a model as time permits, and to perform a range of design optimisations based on the system outputs. The model system is likely to incorporate an 'economiser' heat exchanger. The student would gain understanding of a detailed multi-physics engineering problem with high current relevance and impact, and develop useful skills in process modelling and design.