Thermodynamics for Energy Conversion
This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.
Module version of SS 2013 (current)
There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.
|available module versions|
|SS 2013||WS 2012/3|
MW1419 is a semester module in English language at Master’s level which is offered in winter semester.
This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.
- Catalogue of non-physics elective courses
|Total workload||Contact hours||Credits (ECTS)|
|150 h||45 h||5 CP|
Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions
Specific thermodynamic parameters of fluids: water-steam, ideal gases.
Advanced definitions of exergy and the environment: chemical exergy, exergy of fuels, exergy efficiency.
Value diagrams: application for heat exchangers and combustion processes.
Exergy losses of basic processes: fuel conversion, heat transfer, turbines, compressors.
Exergy analysis and optimization of conventional power plants: steam generator, steam cycle.
Steam generator: air preheating, steam parameters, feed water temperature.
Steam cycle: selection of working media, losses in the condenser and piping, feedwater pump, feedwater preheating.
Gas turbine processes: losses and optimization, circuits, parameters.
Combinatied processes: parameters, design, circuits.
Fuel cells: parameters, design, cell behavior.
Refrigeration circuits and heat pumps.
Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature
Courses and Schedule
|VO||2||Thermodynamics in Energy Conversion||
Fri, 14:00–18:00, MW 1250
|UE||1||Thermodynamics in Energy Conversion (exercise)||
Fri, 14:00–18:00, MW 1250
Learning and Teaching Methods
Moran, Michael J. ; Shapiro, Howard N. ; Boettner, Daisie D. ; Bailey, Margaret B.: Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics. New York: Wiley, 2014.
Description of exams and course work
The students must answer basic questions regarding the application of exergy analysis in the theoretical part. The exam also contains theoretical questions related to the methods and applications of exergy analysis on energy conversion systems, through which the students prove that they have understood the basic concepts of processes and circuits.
For the calculation part the student’s capability to apply concepts for the optimization of power plants and the reduction of exergy losses is tested. So the student should demonstrate that they are able to apply the main thermodynamic methods listed in the learning outcomes and do the required calculations under time pressure.
The theoretical part contains 1/3 and the calculation part 2/3 of the total points. The total points are essential for the grading of the examination performances. Theoretical questions and calculations cannot be passed separately.
There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.