Course detail

Electrical Heat Technology

FEKT-MPA-ELTAcad. year: 2023/2024

Opening part of the subject is devoted to the calorimetry and the heat transfer. Student deepens his knowledge in this theory and uses these knowledges for solving problems in numerical exercises. 

The main part is focused on the individual type of electric heatings. It's resistant heating, electric arc heating, inductive, dielectric and microwave heating. 

Modern conceptions are represented by the plasma, laser, electron and infrared heating. 

Student gets to know the physical nature and theory of individual heatings and the basic electrothermal applications in the industrial area.

The higher attention is devoted to the resistance crucible furnace and its design and electric arc furnace and settings of optimal parameters of furnace working.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Entry knowledge

The subject knowledge on the Bachelor´s degree level is requested.

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

During the term the students can obtain max. 30 points - final test, 2 individual works, laboratory reports.
Examination (max. 70 points) includes only oral part.

Requirements for successful completion of this subject are determined by a annual regulation of the lecturer.

The content and forms of instruction in the evaluated course are specified by a regulation issued by the lecturer responsible for the course and updated for every academic year.


Course content is to apprise students of basic theory of basic and special types of the electrothermal heatings and their technical applications.
Graduate from this subject is able to:
- define and describe the basic quantity of the electrothermal technology, heat transfer, calorimetry and calculate them,
- design and calculate the basic parameters of electrical heating elements of electrical resistance crucial furnace,
- enumerate the types of electrothermal heatings and explain their physical nature,
- enumerate and describe the technical applications of electrothermal heatings.

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

Goňo R., Hradílek Z., Král V.: Power Plants (part 3) Electro-Thermal Technology, VŠB - Technical University of Ostrava, Ostrava 2015. (EN)

Recommended reading

Not applicable.


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme MPA-EEN Master's, 1. year of study, summer semester, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


Introduction to heating theory, calculation
Temperature measurement
Materials for heating cells, construction of heating elements
Design of electrical heating cells for industry use
Indirect and direct heating aplication
Theory of electrical arc, electric-arc furnaces
Inductive nad microwawe aplications
Dielectrical heat, IR heatin in technical practice
Plasmatic heating, arc and resistant welding
Electron heating devices, lasers aplication
Building heating, direct and storage heating
Heating pump and cogeneration, economical evaluation of electrical heating
Ecological aspects of electrical heating equipments

Fundamentals seminar

10 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


Basic terms and heating quantities.
Heating transfer - conduction, convection, radiation.
Design and calculation of heating elements.
Design of resistance crucible furnace.
Room heating, calculation of heating losses.

Laboratory exercise

16 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


Measurement of temperature sensors
Properties of heating element Maxim and Oacley
Mesurement of characteristic quantities of resistant materials
Measurement of heating conductivity