Specialist modules at KIT

Engineering Thermodynamics

Learning outcomes

After completing the Engineering Thermodynamics module, students are able to:

  • Apply thermodynamic fundamentals of irreversible processes
  • Explain the governing processes of combustion.
  • Outline the fundamentals of modelling and simulation of reacting flows
  • Understand the working principles of technical systems that apply thermodynamic processes and combustion

Courses to choose from in this module include

  • Combined cycle power plants
  • Machine dynamics
  • Thermal turbomachines

Fundamentals of Energy Technology

 Learning outcomes

After completing the Fundamentals of Energy Technology module, students are able to:

  • Describe the various elements of an energy system and their complex interactions
  • List different conventional energy sources and assess their static range
  • Name the fluctuating supply of renewable energies such as wind, solar radiation, ocean currents and tides and describe the effects on the energy system
  • Assess the effects of external and internal economic, ecological and technical boundary conditions of energy systems and to derive approaches for an optimal mix of different energy technologies
  • Explain the operational principles of conventional power plants as well as power plants based on renewable energies

 Courses to choose from in this module include

  • Micro-energy technologies
  • Batteries and fuel cells
  • Carbon capture and storage
  • Efficient energy systems
  • Electric mobility
  • Solar energy

 


Power Plant Technology

 Learning outcomes

After completing the Power Plant Technology module, students are able to:

  • Name the different types of centralised and distributed power plants
  • Explain the operational principles of conventional power plants as well as power plants based on renewable energies
  • Assess the economics of power plants
  • Highlight the environmental impact of conventional power plants and renewable energies
  • Assess the availability, operational safety, and flexibility of different types of power plant
  • Develop advanced power plants based on thermodynamic, fluid mechanical and other basics

 Courses to choose in this module include

  • Coal-fired power plants
  • Combined cycle power plants
  • Thermal turbomachines

Thermal Turbomachines

 Learning outcomes

After completing the Thermal Turbomachines module, students are able to:

  • Identify and quantify the specific requirements of different applications on thermal turbomachines in the fields of energy technology, aeronautics, car and motor technology, and process technology
  • Apply the basics of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and of other generic disciplines to the analysis and design of turbomachines and their components
  • Explain the governing processes in turbomachines, such as compression, combustion and expansion
  • Recognise and exploit the potential to improve the economic and environmental impact of turbomachines, their components and in their interaction with systems like power plants or aeroplanes
  • Explain the operational principle of turbomachines

 Courses to choose from in this module include

  • Thermal turbomachines
  • Mass-transfer and reaction kinetics
  • Applied combustion technology

Energy Technology for Buildings

 Learning outcomes

After completing the Energy Technology for Buildings module, students are able to:

  • Understand the energy demand for air-conditioning of buildings, including heating, cooling, humidification, dehumidification, and ventilation
  • Understand the techniques for energy supply to buildings, including heat, cold, and locally generated electricity
  • Know the methods for evaluation of technologies, including environmental criteria, primary energy and economic viability, and apply these evaluation methods to specific cases
  • Recognise which renewable energy technologies are relevant for use in buildings, particularly solar thermal collectors and systems, photovoltaic systems, and energy storage technologies

 Courses to choose from in this module include

  • Energy and indoor climate concepts for high-performance buildings
  • Urban planning
  • Energy infrastructure

Modelling and Simulation in Energy and Fluid Engineering

 Learning outcomes

After completing the Modelling and Simulation in Energy and Fluid Engineering module, students are able to:

  • Formulate the governing equations for specific systems in energy and fluid mechanics
  • Explain the different numerical schemes applied to solve this system of equations
  • Use frequently applied simulation tools in efficient and successful ways

 Courses to choose in this module include

  • Ten lectures on turbulence
  • Mechatronic software tools
  • CFD for power engineering