Information on individual educational components (ECTS-Course descriptions) per semester

Degree programme: Master Sustainable Energy Systems
Type of degree: FH Master´s Degree Programme
Summer Semester 2021

Course unit title Modeling Thermal Systems
Course unit code 072722020602
Language of instruction German
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Compulsory optional
Semester when the course unit is delivered Summer Semester 2021
Teaching hours per week 2
Year of study 2021
Number of ECTS credits allocated Second Cycle (Master)
Number of ECTS credits allocated 3
Name of lecturer(s) Peter KEPPLINGER

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Course content

This course provides modelling of thermal systems with a particular focus on building applications. Mathematical methods and their physical applications are explained. The course uses the basics of heat transfer and fluid mechanics, as well as thermodynamics, to derive transient and stationary models of thermal systems.

  • Modelling and numerical solution of transient thermodynamic systems such as thermal storage,
  • Applied numerics in the simulation of thermal systems (GDGl., special cases of the heat conduction equation),
  • Model accuracy,
  • System identification, condition estimator,
  • Handling of real measurement data, approaches for verification of model-based approaches (e.g. hardware in the loop),

Learning outcomes

Students know typical methods for modelling thermal systems and their identification on the basis of real measurement data. The students are able to apply numerical and analytical mathematical methods for the calculation of transient system behavior. The students

  • can outline and name numerical and analytical solutions for ordinary differential equations
  • know possible approaches for the system identification of thermal systems on the basis of experimentally obtained measured values and can outline them
  • are able to derive typical model formulations for given problems on transient energy conservation for thermal systems
  • know how to discuss different approaches for the simulation of thermal systems with regard to their model accuracy and the resulting suitability for the application.
  • can mathematically model simple thermal systems based on basic physical principles (impulse and energy conservation) and propose and apply numerical approaches to solutions
  • are able to calculate system parameters of thermal systems on the basis of measurement data and to interpret them physically

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lecture with integrated exercise

Assessment methods and criteria
  • Preparation and delivery of written exercise examples
  • Final test



Recommended or required reading
  • Bähr, Hans Dieter (2019): Wärme und Stoffübertragung. 10. Aufl. Berlin Heidelberg: Springer.
  • Dhar, P. L. (2017): Thermal system design and simulation. Amsterdam: Elsevier/AP, Academic Press is an imprint of Elsevier.
  • Penoncello, S. G. (2018): Thermal energy systems: design and analysis. Second edition. Boca Raton: Taylor & Francis, CRC Press.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face, distance learning)

Presence course. Students will be informed of the lecturer's attendance requirements before the start of the course.