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Modelling and optimisation of energy systems


Duration :
21 hours

ECTS Credits : 2

Semester : S9

Person(s) in charge :

Hervé Combeau, Professor,

Keywords : Modelling, Optimizing, Energy converters

Prerequisites : Thermodynamics




This course deals with the presentation, modelling and optimization of the principal energy converters. The aim is to present the general principles of each energy system, to thermodynamically analyze the way they work, leading especially to their design principle and technology. The course is based on software applications like Thermoptim, which can quickly implement the principles seen in class and test the effect of the system’s parameters on its responses.


  • Technical presentation of the principal energy converters: diesel and gasoline motors, gas turbines, cogeneration, cooling machines, heat pumps, air conditioning.

  • Revision of the theoretical and real cycles of converters.

  • Carnot cycle, Joule, Beau de Rochas, Diesel, Hirn, Rankine.

  • Modeling and optimization in terms of energy engineering. Implementation of software like THERMOPTIM.


Abilities : 


Description and operational verbs


Know the most common thermodynamic cycles of energy converters and the energy optimisation techniques


The products of a combustion, how a flame spreads, coupled transfer phenomena in presence of a chemical reaction


Cycles of : gas turbines, internal combustion engines. Combined cycles, co-generation, Hirn cycle, Rankine


Analyse the energy efficiency of energy converting systems


Calculate and design energy converting systems



Evaluation :

  • Written test
  • Continuous Control
  • Oral Report
  • Project
  • Written report
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