ME51800 - Analysis of Thermal Systems

Fall 2015

Days/Time: TTh / 10:30-11:45 am
Credit Hours: 3

Learning Objective:
To provide the fundamentals of thermal system analysis and modeling; to develop a detailed understanding of vapor compression systems, absorption systems, and other advanced refrigeration 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.

Heat and mass transfer course and second level course in thermodynamics.

Applied/Theory: 50/50

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Two to three homework problems will be assigned in each lecture; in addition, special problems may also be assigned on a special notice that involve small parametric analyses and that are best solved using EES; will be accepted via e-mail to


One one-hour exam during the semester (Lecture 15) and one two-hour final exam; all tests will be open book and open notes.

Official textbook information is now listed in the Schedule of Classes. NOTE: Textbook information is subject to be changed at any time at the discretion of the faculty member. If you have questions or concerns please contact the academic department.
Required--None. Recommended reference textbook list available from course instructor.

Computer Requirements:
ProEd minimum computer requirements; special homework problems may be best solved using Engineering Equation Solver program [developed by F-Chart Software (

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Eckhard A. Groll
Purdue University
Mechanical Engineering Building
585 Purdue Mall
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2040
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