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 WS 2012/3
There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.
Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.
|available module versions|
|WS 2019/20||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
Choosing system boundaries, mass and energy balances, first and second law of thermodynamics, open and closed systems, phase equilibria, steam tables, entropy and irreversibilities, process changes and thermodynamic cycles, exergy analysis
Part two: Application to energy conversion processes
Steam cycle: principle, calculation, optimization, comparison with ORC
Gas turbine: efficiency, optimization, combination with steam circuits (combined cycle), CHP
Refrigeration cycles: Cycles, Joule-Thomson effect, refrigerants, heat pumps
Chemical reactions: basic concept, stoichiometry, energetic and thermodynamic aspects, combustion reactions
Fuel cells: principle, advantages, calculation, electrolysis
Advanced definitions of exergy to fuels (chemical exergy, exergy factors, heating value)
Thermal energy storage: Application, Calculation, transient balances
Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature
Courses and Schedule
|VO||2||Thermodynamics in Energy Conversion||Herrmann, S. Schifflechner, C. Spliethoff, H. Talebi, E.||
|UE||1||Thermodynamics in Energy Conversion (exercise)||Ferrand, T. Hanel, A. Herrmann, S. Schifflechner, C. Talebi, E.||
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
In the theoretical part, the students have to answer basic questions about the fundamentals of thermodynamics as well as about exergy analysis and thermodynamic processes occurring in energy conversion processes. This part serves to prove that the students have understood basic concepts of thermodynamic cycles and real limitations of energy conversion processes.
In the calculation part, it is examined whether the students are able to apply the learned concepts for the calculation and optimization of energy conversion processes. The students demonstrate that they are able to calculate thermodynamic processes and cycles within a given time limit and quantify losses and optimization potentials.
The theoretical part accounts for 1/3 of the total score. The calculation part is weighted with 2/3 of the total score. The total number of points is decisive for the evaluation of the test. Theory and calculation part cannot be passed individually.
During the lecture period, an excercise (two Online Selftests) is held to check the learning progress of the students during the semester. The time required is 20 minutes each. A bonus of 0.3 on the final grade of the passed exam is awarded for achieving at least 70 % of the total points from both short tests.
There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.