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Heat Engines, Refrigerators and Heat Pumps


With appropriate reminders and complements of

thermodynamics, this course focuses on the behaviour of

various industrial thermal systems :

- engines with continuous mass transfer (compressors,


- condensable steam engines (steam-powered engines,

refrigerating and heat pumps...), with the objective to optimize

them, notably from an energetic efficiency point of view.



- 8 lectures provide the necessary thermodynamic knowledge for modelling heat engines, refrigerators and heat pumps.

- 13 tutorial sessions deal with various problems. Students should prepare for these sessions in advance for maximum efficiency and personalization of interactions with the teacher. They have at their disposal a booklet gathering the problems and the tables and graphs necessary for their resolution.

- 3 lab work sessions devoted to the study of a compressor, a heat pump and an air handling unit complete the course.


At the end of this course, the student should have understood and will be able to explain the operation of conventional heat engines, refrigerators and heat pumps as well as the basics of combustion.


The student should be able to size and optimize conventional heat engines, refrigerators and heat pumps.

Needed prerequisite

Fundamentals in thermodynamics (1st year)
Thermodynamics and Thermodynamic Analysis (1st year)

Form of assessment

The evaluation of outcome prior learning is made as a continuous training during the semester. According ot the teaching, the assessment will be different: as a written exam, an oral exam, a record, a written report, peers review...


Cengel, Y. A. and M. A. Boles (2011). Thermodynamics. En engineering approach. New York, McGraw-Hill.