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IN01109448, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN0531, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination THERMAL SYSTEMS
Department of reference Department of Management and Engineering
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge CLAUDIO ZILIO ING-IND/10

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses ING-IND/10 Technical Physics 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
4 2019 01/10/2019 15/03/2021 ZILIO CLAUDIO (Presidente)
MANCIN SIMONE (Membro Effettivo)
NORO MARCO (Supplente)
3 2018 01/10/2018 15/03/2020 ZILIO CLAUDIO (Presidente)
NORO MARCO (Supplente)

Prerequisites: Basic Applied thermodynamics and heat transfer courses for first level degree in Engineering
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims at developing the following knowledge and skills:
- knowledge and understanding innovative solutions for thermal control in industrial applications.
- Applying knowledge in the design of solutions for energy sustainability, environmental sustainability of thermal processes and applications, safety of industrial processes involving heat transfer.
- Applying knowledge for the selection of innovative advance components in thermal systems and refrigeration machines.
- Applying knowledge and understanding for integration of innovative components for industrial applications, residential and commercial buildings air conditioning.
Examination methods: The examination of the expected knowledge, understanding and skills is carried out by means of two tests to be dealt with in two days.
- Written test for the design of a component or a thermal system. The student, basing on the nominal specification data of a component or basing on the nominal performance of a system shall outline the design highlighting pros and contra of the proposed solution.
- Oral test, in two parts:
First part: discussion of the solution proposed in the written test.
Second part: discussion about the topics of the course, in order to verify the level of the knowledge and understanding.
Assessment criteria: The following evaluation criteria will be used for the assessment of the achieved knowledge and skills:
- Completeness of theoretical knowledge of thermal control and energy and environmental sustainability issues.
- Application skills linked to the theoretical knowledge for the calculation and analysis of thermal systems and components.
- Making judgements skills about thermal systems, components and related problems.
- Communications skills and accuracy in using technical terms.
- Skills in using instrumentation and softwares.
Course unit contents: The topics of the course can be summarized at it follows:
Safety and environmental impact: innovative low global warming refrigerants selection; energetic and environmental parameters (GWP, ODP, TEWI); safety in use (ATEL, ODL, practical limit).
Components innovation: Variable speed compressors: centrifugal, scroll, rotary; capacity control in industrial screw compressors; innovative heat exchangers for industrial use; innovative expansion devices (expanders, ejectors).
Systems innovation: industrial process water chillers; cooling capacity and temperature control systems; comparison with traditional on-off controls; heat pumps operating with natural refrigerants; dessicants systems.
Plants innovation: heat recovery by means of absorption systems; liquid-loop plants; free-cooling and evaporative heat exchangers in industrial plants.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course is structured as it follows:
Oral lectures where the professors introduces and analyses thermal systems and components, and related energy and environmental constraints, including possible innovation strategies, also using powerpoint support.
During a second part of the course, students, subdivided in small groups, with the professor supervision, are requested to solve numerical problems about thermo-technics, with (but not limited to) the use of dedicated software codes.
The third part includes laboratory experiences.
External experts will hold seminars.
Additional notes about suggested reading: All the teaching material will be available to students through the course moodle platform.
Study material:
- Lecture notes
Papers from scientific journals.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Laboratory

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Affordable and Clean Energy Responsible Consumption and Production Climate Action