Design of Thermal Systems


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The module is based on knowledge achieved in the project module Control of energy conversion systems or similar.

Learning objectives


  • Have knowledge about mode of operation of thermal machines and systems
  • Have knowledge about methods for design of thermal energy systems
  • Have knowledge about interaction of components included in thermal machines and energy systems
  • Be able to comprehend scientific methods and theories compared to the semester theme and identify different problem types
  • Be able to set up a business case for thermal machines and systems


  • Be able to develop and apply stationary models of thermal systems in full load and partial load
  • Have fundamental skills in design of optimal system configurations and determination of operation parameters for thermal systems
  • Be able to analyse achieved results from simulations and laboratory work or real measured data series via digital tools, and collect them to form an overall impression of the system performance
  • Be able to understand business principles and to make a cost-benefit analysis of the thermal machines or systems


  • Have achieved an ability to convert academic competences and skills of thermal systems for processing a practical problem, and be able to process such a problem and put this into perspective in relation to the surrounding society
  • Have achieved an ability to enter into a technical and interdisciplinary cooperation in respect to thermal systems
  • Be able to evaluate the basic economic conditions for the development and commissioning of systems or devices

Type of instruction

Problem based and project organised work in groups. Some lectures are given in business principles and cost benefit analysis to support the objectives in this area. 

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 15 ECTS project work, the work load is expected to be 450 hours for the student.



Name of examDesign of Thermal Systems
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
Oral examination with external adjudicator based on a presentation seminar and project report.
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingExternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleDesign af termiske systemer
Module codeN-EN-B5-3BY
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionDanish and English
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg, Campus Esbjerg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerBachelor of Science (BSc) in Engineering (Energy Engineering)
Study BoardStudy Board of Build, Energy, Electronics and Mechanics in Esbjerg
DepartmentDepartment of Energy
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science