Checking date: 22/04/2024

Course: 2024/2025

Applied thermal engineering
Bachelor in Industrial Technologies Engineering (Plan: 418 - Estudio: 256)


Department assigned to the subject: Thermal and Fluids Engineering Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Thermal Engineering (2nd year) Heat Transfer (3rd year)
The fundamental objective of this course is to use the fundamental concepts of thermodynamics and heat transfer, acquired in the previous courses, in the industrial applications of cold / heat and power generation. To achieve this goal, the student must acquire a series of knowledge, skills and attitudes. With regard to knowledge, at the end of the course the student will be able to: - Analyze and solve advanced thermal engineering applications of cold / heat and power generation from a global perspective. - Analyze and solve the main elements that conform the thermodynamic cycles. - Design optimal thermodynamic cycles and their elements. In terms of capabilities, these can be classified into two groups: specific capacities and generic skills. For the specific abilities, at the end of the course the student will be able to: - Determine the relevant parameters of thermal engineering applications, such as power, efficiency, etc. - Size equipment and facilities that conform the thermodynamic refrigeration and power generation cycles. - Dimension and optimize thermal applications based on thermodynamic cycles. Regarding the general skills, during the course they will work: - The ability to solve thermal engineering problems. - The ability to search, communicate and discriminate which is the relevant information to characterize an installation from the thermodynamic and thermotechnical point of view. - The ability to apply knowledge of heat transfer and fundamental thermodynamics in the resolution of engineering problems. - The ability to work in teams and distribute the workload to face complex problems. Regarding attitudes, the student, after completing the course, should have: - A critical attitude to identify and evaluate the activities and operation of industrial refrigeration and power generation facilities (power plants). - Evaluate and design the activities and operation of the equipment that conform refrigeration and power generation facilities using a critical attitude. - A collaboration attitude that allows the student to search for information and related topics necessary to perform complex tasks
Skills and learning outcomes
CB1. Students have demonstrated possession and understanding of knowledge in an area of study that builds on the foundation of general secondary education, and is usually at a level that, while relying on advanced textbooks, also includes some aspects that involve knowledge from the cutting edge of their field of study CB2. Students are able to apply their knowledge to their work or vocation in a professional manner and possess the competences usually demonstrated through the development and defence of arguments and problem solving within their field of study. CG1. Ability to solve problems with initiative, decision-making, creativity, critical reasoning and to communicate and transmit knowledge, skills and abilities in the field of Industrial Engineering. CG3. Ability to design a system, component or process in the field of Industrial Technologies to meet the required specifications CG16. Knowledge of applied thermodynamics and heat transfer. Basic principles and their application to engineering problem solving. ECRT1. Applied knowledge of thermal engineering. RA1. Knowledge and understanding: Have basic knowledge and understanding of science, mathematics and engineering within the industrial field, as well as knowledge and understanding of Mechanics, Solid and Structural Mechanics, Thermal Engineering, Fluid Mechanics, Production Systems, Electronics and Automation, Industrial Organisation and Electrical Engineering. RA2. Engineering Analysis: To be able to identify engineering problems within the industrial field, recognise specifications, establish different resolution methods and select the most appropriate one for their solution RA5. Engineering Applications: To be able to apply their knowledge and understanding to solve problems and design devices or processes in the field of industrial engineering in accordance with criteria of cost, quality, safety, efficiency and respect for the environment.
Description of contents: programme
The course of Applications of Thermal Engineering will address aspects of direct application within the field of thermal engineering. In particular, real applications of gas cycles, steam cycles, combined cycles, heat recovery generators, refrigeration cycles, exergy introduction and new trends in power generation cycles will be described. The subject is divided into 6 clearly differentiated parts. The knowledge acquired in each of the parts is useful in the subsequent parts: PART 1: Gas cycles: - Regeneration. - Afterburning. - Intercooling. PART 2: Steam cycles: - Regeneration. - Reheating. PART 3: Combined cycles: - Operating principle. - Main elements. - Heat Recovery Steam Generator (HRSG) design. - Applications. PART 4: Refrigeration cycles: - Cascade cycles. - Multistage compression. - Refrigeration cycles design. - Applications. PART 5: New trends on power generation plants: - Use of fuels. - Supercritical and ultracritical cycles. - Optimization of design parameters. Each part of the course consists of at least one theoretical session and one practical session in which exercises applied on the board will be solved. Additionally, two practical sessions will be held in the computer classroom. In these sessions, computer tools will be used to solve complex problems related to the course. The students will solve a practical case study in which they will apply the knowledge, both theoretical and practical, they have achieved up to that moment. The theoretical class sessions will be complemented by examples of real power plants, studying each of its components and analyzing their differences according to the improvements applied on the cycle and depending on the type of energy used for the operation of the plant. The evaluation of the knowledge acquired during the course will be carried out by means of a final examination and the continuous evaluation. The continuous evaluation will independently assess the deliverable case study and the part related to hands-on sessions in the computer classroom that will be assessed by means of deliverables after session. The student participation throughout the course will also be taken into account during the continuous assessment through small activities prior to some of the practical sessions.
Learning activities and methodology
- Lectures on theory and applications. - Solving problems individually and in groups. - Performing tasks individually and in groups. - Lab (computer rooms). - Case study All of the activities are aimed at obtaining general and specific skills listed above.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 40
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 60

Calendar of Continuous assessment

Extraordinary call: regulations
Basic Bibliography
  • Incropera F.P., DeWitt D.P., Bergman T.L., Lavine A.S.. Fundamentals of heat and mass transfer. John Wiley & Sons. 2007
  • Moran M.J, Shapiro H.N.. Fundamentals of engineering thermodynamics : SI version . John Wiley & Sons. 2010
  • Thomas C. Elliot. Standard Handbook of Power Plant Engineering. McGraw-Hill. 1998
Additional Bibliography
  • Dipak Sarkar. Thermal Power Plant. Elsevier. 2015
  • Ibrahim Dinçer, Mehmet Kanoglu. Refrigeration systems and applications. Wiley. 2010
  • J.H. Horlock. Advanced Gas Turbine Cycles. Pergamon. 2003
  • J.H. Horlock. Combined Power Plants. Pergamon Press. 2002

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.