Energy, Mobility and Environmental Management

Thermal Energy Technology

Integrated course, 4.00 ECTS


Course content

After a repetition of the relevant basics we focus on technical and operational aspects of thermal energy technology. The therefore necessary theory (thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer) will be repeated during the lecture. Example calculations complement lecture content. In addition to that, we include currently discussed themes about society and politics as far as they are relevant for energy technology.


  1. Boundary conditions:
    Repetition of energy conversion basics, energy economics, KPIs...
  2. Physical und chemical basics:
    Fuels, combustion, emissions, heat transfer in heat exchangers, pressure losses, water and steam as a working fluid
  3. Thermodynamic cycles:
    Heat engines, heat pumps/cooling processes
  4. Historical developement of heat engines
  5. Rankine cycle:
    Improvement potential, components (combusters, steam generators, steam turbines, condensing- and cooling-systems, feed water supply)
  6. Piston engines (Otto, Diesel, Stirling)
  7. Gas turbine and combined cycles:
    Brayton cycle, Gas turbine, combined cycle (STAG)
  8. Cogeneration and district heating systems:
    Cogeneration (CHP), district heating

Learning outcomes

  • Knowledge of basic principles of thermal power technology
  • Knowledge of the most important processes (steam turbine plant, internal combustion engines, gas turbine, combined cycle plant, cogeneration/CHP)
  • Knowledge of the characteristics of the main components in thermal power plants
  • Calculation capabilities of cycles with thermodynamic properties
  • Understand the importance and future tasks of thermal energy technology in (global, national, regional) energy systems

Recommended or required reading and other learning resources / tools

  • Baehr, H. D.:
    "Thermodynamik", Springer-Verlag
  • Kugeler, K.; Phlippen, P.-W.:
    "Energietechnik", Springer-Verlag
  • "Dubbel – Taschenbuch für den Maschinenbau", Springer-Verlag
  • "VDI – Wärmeatlas", VDI-Springer-Verlag
  • "Properties of Water and Steam in SI-Units / Zustandsgrößen von Wasser und Wasserdampf in SI-Einheiten", Springer-Verlag

Mode of delivery

integrated course

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Applied Sciences, Thermodynamics, Physical Materials Science, Chemistry, Design and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Energy Sources

Assessment methods and criteria

Written and oral exam

Grading scheme written exam:

  • excellent:          100-91
  • good:                 90-79
  • satisfactory:        78-63
  • sufficient:            62-51
  • failed:                 50-0