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Course unit
IN12103169, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
IN2376, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of Management and Engineering
E-Learning website
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
Other lecturers GIULIA RIGHETTI ING-IND/10

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines ING-IND/10 Technical Physics 9.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 72 153.0 No turn

Start of activities 23/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 2018 01/10/2018 15/03/2020 ZILIO CLAUDIO (Presidente)
RIGHETTI GIULIA (Membro Effettivo)
NORO MARCO (Supplente)

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge about differential calculus (partial derivatives)
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims at developing the following knowledge and skills:
- knowledge and understanding of energy conversion topics with emphasis on heat transfer.
- Applying knowledge in the description and analysis of thermodynamic systems and the related energy transformations employed in the implementation of the above mentioned processes.
- Knowledge and understanding of basic heat transfer mechanisms.
- Applying knowledge for the calculations in problems involving energy transformations in direct and inverse cycles.
- Applying knowledge for the calculations in problems involving simple heat transfer applications.
Examination methods: The examination of the expected knowledge, understanding and skills is carried out by means of three written tests (two written test for Mechatronics Engineering) to be dealt with in the same day or during different days within the same section (student choice).
- First test: it is requested the solution of a problem about a closed or open energy system, with work and heat.
- Second test: three or four open answer questions about the course topics (of which, at least one related to heat transfer).
- Third test: two open answer questions about the laboratory course topics (for Product Innovation Engineering degree only).
Assessment criteria: The following evaluation criteria will be used for the assessment of the achieved knowledge and skills:
- Completeness of theoretical knowledge of thermodynamic principles and their principal applications and of the basic heat transfer mechanisms.
- Application skills linked to the theoretical knowledge of units conversions, principal thermodynamic state parameters, energy flows estimation.
- Making judgements skills about analysis and solution of relevant topics for thermodynamic cycles and heat transfer.
- Communications skills and accuracy in using technical terms.
- Skills in using instrumentation and software (for Product Innovation Engineering degree only).
Course unit contents: Systems of units. Applied thermodynamics. Definitions. Practical temperature. Close and open energy systems. Mechanical energy balance in systems with permanent flow. First Law of Thermodynamics for closed or open systems. Ideal gas. Second law of thermodynamics for closed or open systems. Combustion basics. Pure substances phase change. Thermodynamics diagrams (p, v; T, s; h, s; p, h). Direct and inverse vapour and gas cycles. Analysis of thermodynamic processes and cycles.
Basic heat transfer theory, with emphasis on heat exchangers: heat conduction, forced and natural convection, thermal radiation. Mean logarithmic temperature difference in simple heat exchangers, effectiveness-NTU method.
Measurement techniques of thermodynamic parameters (for Product Innovation Engineering degree only).
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course is structured as it follows:
Oral lectures using classical blackboard or powerpoint as supports.
During a second part of the course, powerpoint videos and running experiments directly in the classroom will be used for introducing the topics related to the measurement of the principal thermodynamic state parameters and the relevant instrumentation.
The third part includes laboratory experiences (for Product Innovation Engineering degree only).
Additional notes about suggested reading: All the teaching material, if not included in the reference books, will be made available to students through the course moodle platform.
Lecture notes of the laboratory part (12 CFU course only)will be made available in the moodle platform.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Laboratory
  • Problem solving
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

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

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