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Thermal engines and systems


Thermal engines : First, a reminder of the principles of
thermodynamics, fluid modeling, thermodynamic
transformations (isobar, isoenthalp, adiabatic, etc.).
Secondly, analysis of the thermodynamic cycles of steam
engines, gas turbines and heat pumps.


Thermal systems : Lumped parameter modeling of
components involved in thermal engines and systems such
as heat exchangers, compressors, turbines, valves. Case
study on an air conditioning and pressurization system for
an aircraft.

Computational fluid mechanics : Initiation to the CFD
code Fluent. Numerical simulation of one of the
components of a thermal system, in the framework of a
project done by groups of 2 students.


At the end of this module, the student should have
understood and be able to analyze thermal and mechanical
energy production systems and their associated

The student should be able to:
- Analyze the thermodynamic cycle associated with a
power plant.
- Size a thermal engine to meet specifications in terms of
requested power.
- Specify the components of a thermal engine or system.
- Calculate the air conditioning flow requirements to
perform various functions (pressurization, fresh air renewal,
heating, cooling) in an aircraft and adjust the recirculation
and the flow distribution between the different cabin zones.


Needed prerequisite

Basics of thermodynamics and heat transfer.

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...