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Analysis of Thermal Systems


Credit Hours:


Learning Objective:

a.) To providbe the fundamentals of thermal system analysis and modeling. b.) To develop an in-depth understanding of vapor compression systems and their equipment, absorption systems, advanced heat pumping technologies, and not-in-kind cooling technologies.


This course covers the philosophy, theory, and applications of the analysis, modeling and optimization of thermal systems. In particular, vapor compression, absorption, advanced heat pumping and refrigeration cycles, and not-in-kind cooling technologies 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 cycles and their equipment.
Fall 2019 Syllabus

Topics Covered:

Thermodynamic Cycle Analysis and Optimization; 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; Advanced Heat Pumping Cycles; Thermal Storage; Not-in-Kind Cooling Technologies; Organic Rankine Cycles.


ME 200 Thermodynamics I, ME 315 Heat and Mass Transfer

Applied / Theory:

50 / 50

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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 should be solved by writing a small program using the EES software; programs written in Python 3.6 (or above) are also accepted; 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.


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. Recommended reference textbook list available from course instructor.

Computer Requirements:

ProEd minimum computer requirements. Python 3.6(or above) coupled with CoolProp or REFPROP can also be used to solve the homeworks. Homework assignments and the semester project are recommended be solved using the Engineering Equation Solver (EES) software tool [developed by F-Chart Software (]; EES is available to Purdue students. Alternatively, homework assignments and semester project can also be solved by using Python 3.6 (or above) coupled with CoolProp or REFPROP.

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.

ProEd Minimum Requirements:


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