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KVM071 - Design of industrial energy equipment
Design av energitekniska anläggningar
Syllabus adopted 2021-02-11 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPSES
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Energy and Environmental Systems and Technology, Chemical Engineering with Engineering Physics, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Teaching language: English
Application code: 39119
Open for exchange students: Yes
Block schedule: D+
Maximum participants: 48
Status, available places (updated regularly): Yes

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0107 Written and oral assignments 1,5c Grading: UG   1,5c    
0207 Examination 6,0c Grading: TH   6,0c    

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General entry requirements for Master's level (second cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Specific entry requirements

English 6 (or by other approved means with the equivalent proficiency level)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Course specific prerequisites

Engineering thermodynamics, heat transfer, energy technology (including heat exchanger theory).


The aim of the course is for students to achieve an understanding about and training in design and selection of thermal and mechanical industrial energy equipment. The level of understanding should be such that the students in their profession as engineers should be able, individually and in teams, to select and assess energy equipment, and if necessary, to design such equipment regarding materials selection, construction and important dimensions, and to evaluate the economic performance of a given design. Equipment encountered in the course includes steam boilers, heat exchangers, heat pumps and gas turbines with heat recovery.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

  1. apply general design strategies for industrial energy equipment
  2. assess the feasibility of the design and dimensions of an industrial energy equipment as well as write technical reports where the design is assessed and the design assumptions made are justified and evaluated
  3. understand and apply heat transfer theory for gas radiation, condensation and boiling
  4. perform the necessary calculations to select an appropriate gas turbine for an industrial CHP application and thermally design the heat recovery steam generator (HRSG)
  5. perform thermal design of an industrial power boiler for a given process heat demand
  6. perform thermal design of a heat pump plant, considering multi-stage configurations, gas super-heating, compressor selection and selection of working fluid
  7. perform thermal design of tube-and-shell and plate heat exchangers, considering the balance between heat transfer and pressure drop, and evaluating the influence of fouling
  8. be aware of commercial process design engineering software and their basic features and limitations


The course starts with general design strategy for energy equipment, aiming for understanding of the trial-and-error concept using heuristics for preliminary design. Professional design tools are used or demonstrated. The course is very much design work oriented, organized as projects in small groups of students. A study visit to a boiler manufacturer is included to reinforce the professional aspect of design work and visualize boiler components and their production. The course contains the following parts: Boiler design: Types, Construction, Furnace design and heat transfer, Water circulation, Convection section design Heat exchanger design: Types, Construction, Heat transfer and pressure drop theory for tube-and-shell and plate heat exchangers, Tube-and-shell and plate heat exchanger design, Professional design software Heat pump design: Types, Selection theory, Cycle design, Boiling and condensation heat transfer theory in particular for tube-and-shell heat exchangers, Refrigerant properties and selection, Professional design software Gas turbine CHP: Gas turbine types, Heat recovery steam generator (HRSG), construction and design, Supplementary firing, Gas turbine selection theory, Assessment of economic performance of different gas turbine CHP (HRSG) designs


The course includes 10 lectures, 5 design project exercises, 1 study visit and 2 labs.


Course compendium produced at the Division of Energy Technology, distributed for free.

Examination including compulsory elements

Written examination on theory and calculations. Completed and approved exercise projects, study visit and laboratory reports are also a course requirement.

The course examiner may assess individual students in other ways than what is stated above if there are special reasons for doing so, for example if a student has a decision from Chalmers on educational support due to disability.

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