Teaching plan for the course unit

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General information


Course unit name: Energy

Course unit code: 360598

Academic year: 2021-2022

Coordinator: Jose Miguel Asensi Lopez

Department: Department of Applied Physics

Credits: 6

Single program: S



Estimated learning time

Total number of hours 150


Face-to-face and/or online activities



-  Lecture

Face-to-face and online




-  Lecture with practical component

Face-to-face and online



Independent learning




Learning objectives


Referring to knowledge

• Strengthen knowledge of physical concepts of thermodynamics from the perspective of engineering and applied physics.


• Gain a level of basic knowledge of systems and technologies in the area of energy.


• Understand the thermodynamic bases of common energy systems.


Referring to abilities, skills

• Be capable of resolving practical problems using energy and entropy balances (particularly in the case of open systems).


• Be able to analyse aspects of an energy system, particularly the types of efficiency of the system (thermal, isoentropic, exergetic efficiency, etc.).



Teaching blocks


1. Thermodynamic engineering

*  This is the main teaching block in the subject. Fundamental concepts of thermodynamics are reexamined and students learn to apply them to the most interesting cases of energy engineering.

1.1. Concepts and definitions

1.1.1. Types of systems and processes
1.1.2. Pure substances and phases
1.1.3. Energy transfer: work and heat

1.2. Energy balance

1.2.1. Energy balance in a closed system
1.2.2. Energy analysis in an open system (control volume)
1.2.3. Applications

1.3. Applications of the second principle

1.3.1. Calculation of entropy
1.3.2. Entropy balance in closed systems and control volumes
1.3.3. Applications

1.4. Exergy

1.4.1. Exergy in closed systems and control volumes
1.4.2. Exergetic analysis

1.5. Thermodynamic cycles (in common energy systems)

1.5.1. Thermal machine cycles
1.5.2. Steam-based power generation (Rankine cycle)
1.5.3. Gas-based power generation (Brayton, Ericsson and Stirling cycles)
1.5.4. Cooling systems and heat pumps

1.6. Reactive mixtures and combustion

1.6.1. Introduction to the combustion process
1.6.2. Energy conservation in reactive systems
1.6.3. Adiabatic flame temperature
1.6.4. Fuel cells
1.6.5. Chemical exergy

2. Energy topics and proposals

*  In this teaching block, topics on the energy problem are presented. The physical principles of the main energy resources and the specific features of the electric system are described and topics of social interest are discussed.

2.1. Energy and sustainable development

2.2. Climate change and the greenhouse effect

2.3. Fossil fuel-based energy

2.4. Hydraulic energy

2.5. Wind energy

2.6. Photovoltaic thermal energy

2.7. Nuclear energy

2.8. Production, transport and distribution of electricity

2.9. Energy storage

2.10. Energy market