Thermal Engineering

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Thermal Engineering

  • Host University

    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

  • Location

    Madrid, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Aerospace Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites


    Physics II

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Thermal Engineering (251 - 15335)
    Study: Bachelor in Aerospace Engineering
    Semester 2/Spring Semester
    2ND Year Course/Lower Division

    *Considered lower division; however, please note the prerequisite.

    Students are expected to have completed:

    Physics II

    Compentences and Skills that will be Acquired and Learning Results:

    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:

    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:

    Two mid-term exams (partial examination): 30% of the final mark
    Practical laboratory work: 10% of the final mark
    Final exam at the end of the semester: 60% of the final mark

    The minimum score on the final exam for the course will be 4.0.

    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

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.


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