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Thermal Energy Systems

Module Aims

  • This module aims to deliver fundamental knowledge on thermodynamics and illustrate its importance to engineering systems.
  • Thermodynamics is the science that is devoted to understanding energy in all its forms and how energy changes form.
  • The module‚Äôs aim is to supply the necessary analytical tools to study these energy changes when applied in engineering situations.
  • Starting from fundamental concepts of work, heat and thermodynamic properties of matter, the course will cover the laws of thermodynamics and the various usages of the Carnot cycle, heat pumps, and heat exchangers.

By the end of this module students will be able to:

  • Achieve an understanding of the science of thermodynamics.
  • To be able to apply this understanding to basic engineering systems.
  • Understand properties and types of thermodynamic systems and processes; mechanical work and power; the Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics and definitions of temperature, heat, heat capacity and energy storage.
  • Understand the fundamentals of the laws of thermodynamics and how they can be used to both design, and assess the performance of engineering power systems.
  • Apply the First law of thermodynamics to closed and open systems and calculate the performance of thermodynamic systems.
  • Apply the Second law of thermodynamics and perform analysis of the Carnot cycle.
  • Understand and analyse the efficient operating condition of heat pumps as well as heat exchangers.
  • Relate various industrial problems with the basic concepts of thermodynamics.
  • Contemplate the applications of energy methods in appropriate industrial sectors.