Course detail

Fundamentals of Power Engineering

FSI-LZ1Acad. year: 2023/2024

The course makes students acquainted with the application of basic physical laws, above all of hydromechanics and thermomechanics, applicable designing and utilization of power machines and equipment. These laws are used to improve the efficiency, operational quality and reliability of these machines and equipment, as well as the technological and material demands. The course is also aimed at incorporating of these machines and equipment into power systems and their control dependingon loading and other conditions. The economic and environmental problems are also very important parts of the lectures.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Entry knowledge

Knowledge of physics and thermodynamics at 2.TU level

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

Graded credit requirements: active participation in the exercises, delivery of a project for the given topic in the given term.
Examination: written part consists of questions and examples, oral part in a form discussion about a given topic.
Enrollment of student participation in seminars in the attendance list, replacement of missed classes by individual agreement with the teacher.


The aim of the course is to familiare students with the problems of designing the thermal power stations, their important nods, as well as with the economic aspects of the design.

Students will obtain the knowledge energy sources in the technical practice, their ecological, economic and energetic aspects.

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

Zbyněk Ibler, Technický průvodce energetika 1. díl,ISBN: 80-7300-026-1, Praha, 2002
KC Agrawal, Industrial Power Engineering Handbook, ISBN: 0-7506-7351-6, NEWNES, 2001

Recommended reading

Doc.Pavelek,CSc. Termomechanika - skripta VUT, 2003


Classification of course in study plans

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

Type of course unit



39 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Energy sources and transformation technologies.
2. Solid fossil fuels.
3. Liquid and gaseous fuels
4. Exhaust gas appliances
5. Electric power industry in the Czech Republic: Diagram of a load of energy systems, energy balance.
6. Steam heat cycles I.
7. Steam heat cycles II.
8. Steam cycles of nuclear power plants, ORC cycle.
9. Combustion turbines.
10. District heating, cogeneration.


26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Equation of state of an ideal gas, calorimetric equation
2. Isobaric, isochoric and isothermal process, 1. law of thermodynamics
3. Adiabatic and polytropic process
4. Gas mixtures, 2. law of thermodynamics
5. Ideal gas cycles, Carnot cycle
6. Heat pump circulation, cycles of internal combustion engines
7. Cycles of combustion turbines
8. Working with T-s diagram
9. Rankin-Clausian cycle I
10. Rankin-Clausian cycle II
11. Increasing the efficiency of the Rankin-Clausian cycle
12. Heat transfer
13. Credit test