Engineering Professional Education

Analysis of Thermal Systems


Fall 2017

Days/Time: TTh / 12:00-1:15 pm
Credit Hours: 3

Learning Objective:
a.) To provide the fundamentals of thermal system analysis and modeling.
b.) To develop a detailed understanding of vapor compression systems, absorption systems, and other advanced heat pumping equipment.

This course covers the philosophy, theory, and applications of the analysis, modeling and optimization of thermal systems. In particular, vapor compression, absorption, and some advanced refrigeration cycles are studied in detail. Students combine the use of thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, and numerical methods to develop and apply mathematical models for the analysis and optimization of specific equipment.

Topics Covered:
Thermodynamic Cycle Analysis; Psychrometrics; Heat Transfer and Pressure Drop; System Modeling; Refrigerants; Compressors; Condensers; Evaporators; Expansion Devices; Vapor Compression Systems; Absorption Cycles; Air Cycles; Stirling Cycles; Ericsson Cycles; Cyrogenics; Other Refrigeration Cycles.

ME 300 ??? Thermodynamics II, ME 315 ??? Heat and Mass Transfer

Applied/Theory: 50/50

Web Content:
Syllabus, lecture notes, homework assignments, and chat rooms.

Homework problems are assigned in each lecture; the problems are illustrative of the general material covered in class; each assignment has the format of a mini-project and must be solved by writing a small program using the EES software tool;homework assignments are collected via Blackboard.

One semester project will be assigned midway during the semester. The semester project differs from homework assignments in that it does not possess a unique solution. Students will have to submit a written report to complete the project.

No exams will be given.

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Computer Requirements:
ProEd minimum computer requirements.A non-linear equation solver with built-in thermodynamic properties will be used in this course. This computer program, called Engineering Equation Solver (EES), was developed by F-Chart Software and is available to Purdue students. Students may make copies of the program for personal use. Instructions for copying and executing the EES program will be given in class. A Users Manual for the program is available on-line at Students will need an ECN account in order to access EES on the IBM PC's in the ME building. Students should see a consultant in the ME Electronics Shop to establish an account if they do not already have one. An ECN account will also be necessary for receiving or sending e-mails. E-mail will be used on a regular basis in this course for communication between instructor and students.

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Other Requirements:
Homework assignments and the semester project have to be solved using the Engineering Equation Solver (EES) software tool [developed by F-Chart Software (]; EES is available to Purdue students.


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Eckhard A. Groll



Purdue University
Mechanical Engineering Building
585 Purdue Mall
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2040


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