Checking date: 10/07/2020

Course: 2020/2021

Thermal Engineering
Study: Bachelor in Aerospace Engineering (251)

Coordinating teacher: GOMEZ HERNANDEZ, JESUS

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Thermal and Fluids Engineering

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
Physics II
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
1) To provide students with well-founded knowledge of several thermodynamic processes in engineering. 2) To present from a critical perspective the principal assumptions and simplifications that lead to preliminary analyses and designs in thermal engineering. 3) To capacitate students with skills in evaluating heat transfer by conduction, convection and radiation, and to use all these abilities in the design of heat transfer equipment. 4) To be capable of characterising propulsive forces and how well the power produced by an engine is utilized in propelling an aerospace vehicle. 5) To be able to discriminate the principal parameters controlling gas turbine and internal combustion engines, and their integration in aerospace propulsion systems.
Description of contents: programme
Part-1: Fundamentals of engineering thermodynamics. 1.- Review of thermodynamics and closed system analysis. 2.- Thermodynamic properties. 3.- Control volume analysis. 4.- Thermodynamic analysis of gas turbines: Brayton cycle. 5.- Thermodynamic analysis of internal combustion engines: Otto, Diesel and Dual cycles. Part-2: Introduction to aerospace propulsion systems. 6.- Introduction to propulsion: propulsion parameters, main propulsion systems and cycles. Part-3: Introduction to heat transfer engineering. 7.- Introduction to heat transfer. 8.- One-dimensional steady state heat transfer. 9.- Extended surfaces (fins). 10.- Transient conduction of heat. 11.- Convection heat transfer. 12.- Heat exchangers. 13.- Radiation heat transfer.
Learning activities and methodology
Learning activities in the course are based on lectures attendance, self study, problem solution, and laboratory sessions. 1) Lectures: one session per week. The instructor will provide in advance the electronic materials used in class, comprising presentation files, problem sets, property tables, bibliography, and other needed documentation. To optimise the class learning process, it is recommended to read the materials prior to each lecture. 2) Practical Seminars: one session per week attended by small groups of students. These seminars are tutorial sessions specially focused on solving problems and linking the theory with the practice. Students' questions concerning the problems will be answered by the instructor. 3) Practical laboratory work. There are four laboratory sessions aimed to make explicit what has been taught during the theoretical lectures. It is compulsory to read the laboratory guidelines & instructions before attending the sessions. After each session, a written report analysing the obtained results should be delivered to the laboratory instructor.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Basic Bibliography
  • F.P. Incropera & D.P. De Witt. Fundamentals of Heat and Mass Transfer. John Wiley & Sons. 2007
  • G.C. Oates. Aerothermodynamics of Gas turbine and Rocket Propulsion. AIAA Education Series. 1997
  • M.J. Moran & H.N. Shapiro. Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics (S.I. version). John Wiley & Sons. 2010
Additional Bibliography
  • M. J. Moran, H. N. Shapiro, B. R. Munson, D. P. DeWitt. Introduction to Thermal Systems Engineering: Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer. Wiley. 2003

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.