Course detail

Thermal Processes

FSI-DTPAcad. year: 2023/2024

The content of the course is a brief summary of basic prerequisites, overview of types of heat exchangers and their use, basic thermohydraulic design of bundle heat exchanger (tube geometry, baffles, analysis of jacket currents, calculation of pressure losses), influence of heat exchangers operation heat exchangers. The main attention will be focused on processes without phase change, but phase change exchangers (capacitors) will also be paid attention. Last but not least, the students will be acquainted with the evaporation, drying and cooling processes and with the basic design of downstream equipment.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Entry knowledge


Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes: Course-unit credit is awarded on condition of having attended the seminars, worked out the semester work and mastered the credit example. The exam is written with possible oral correction and will verify knowledge in the field of theoretical preparation.
Controlled participation in lessons: Exercises are compulsory. The student will be compensated for absence by agreement with the tutor. Lectures are optional.


Learning outcomes of the course unit The aim of the course is to teach students how to apply knowledge of thermomechanics, especially heat transfer, to practice. During their studies they will learn the theory and apparatus for heating and cooling of media. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be acquainted with all aspects of thermal, strength and hydraulic (aerodynamic) design of heat exchangers.
Students will gain advanced knowledge of solving engineering tasks in the area of heat sharing, heating and cooling. Students will acquire the knowledge needed to identify the problem and propose an optimal solution. They will acquire practical knowledge of heat exchanger designs, evaporators, dryers and similar apparatuses. Students will acquire skills in heat design of heat exchangers, calculation of pressure losses of heat exchangers and design of evaporators and dryers. This knowledge will be applicable in the areas of energy, heating, heating, air conditioning, heat recovery, chemical and process engineering, and can be applied in manufacturing plants, investors and operators.

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

BALÁŠ, Marek. Kotle a výměníky tepla. Vyd. 3. Brno: Akademické nakladatelství CERM, 2019. ISBN 978-80-214-4770-7. (CS)
ŠESTÁK, Jiří a Rudolf ŽITNÝ. Tepelné pochody II: výměníky tepla, odpařování, sušení, průmyslové pece a elektrický ohřev. Vyd. 2. V Praze: Nakladatelství ČVUT, 2006c1997, 165 s. ISBN 80-01-03475-5. (CS)
KUPPAN, Thulukkanam. Heat exchanger design handbook. New York: Marcel Dekker, 2000. Mechanical engineering (Marcel Dekker, Inc.). ISBN 0-8247-9787-6. (CS)
STEHLÍK, Petr, Josef KOHOUTEK a Jan NĚMČANSKÝ. Tepelné pochody: Výpočet výměníku tepla. Brno: VUT, 1991. Učební texty vysokých škol. ISBN 80-214-0363-2. (CS)

Recommended reading

PAVELEK, Milan. Termomechanika. Brno: Akademické nakladatelství CERM, 2011. ISBN 978-80-214-4300-6. (CS)
Incropera, F. P., DeWitt, D. P.: Fundamentals od Heat and Mass Transfer. 3rd ed. John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1990. (CS)
G. F. HEWITT (executive editor): Heat Exchanger Design Handbook 1998, Begell House, New York, 1998. (CS)


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B-ENE-P Bachelor's, 2. year of study, summer semester, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Principles of heat transfer, balance
2. Types of heat exchangers
3. Beam heat exchangers
4. Plate heat exchangers
5. Regenerative and mixing heat exchangers
6. Methods of heat exchangers design - LMTD, NTU
7. Heat exchangers with phase change - condensation, var
8. Basics of hydraulic / aerodynamic and strength calculation
9. Exchanger operation - fouling, corrosion
10. Evaporated and evaporators
11. Drying and drying
12. Cooling, cryogenics
13. Furnaces, electric heating


14 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Principles of heat transfer
2. Heat calculation of bundle heat exchangers
3. Hydraulic / aerodymanic calculation
4. Drying
5. Laboratory tasks
6. Laboratory tasks
7. Credit test

Computer-assisted exercise

12 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction to software
2. Calculations of energy and mass balance
3. Heat exchanger calculation
4. Condenser
5. Evaporation
6. Drying