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Thermal and Fluid Engineering – Computations

Relevant problems in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer are investigated in the laboratory using experimental methods.

Thermal and Fluid Engineering – Computations is a specialisation of the Bachelor of Science programme in Mechanical Engineering in close cooperation with the FHNW Institute for Thermo and Fluid Engineering.

"This specialisation offers an exciting insight into the topics of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and energy systems, whereby this content is not only worked out theoretically, but also practically applied in exciting laboratory exercises on diesel engines, compressors, pumps and turbines".

Patrick Cartier, student

Energy, heat, power, flow, energy systems and energy analyses: what began thousands of years ago with the harnessing of fire has in the meantime arrived at huge combined cycle power plants (gas/steam turbines), high-power combustion engines and a wide variety of future needs for renewable energy possibilities.

In addition to the basics in general energy technology, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, combustion engines as well as turbomachinery and computational fluid dynamics (CFD), a wide range of laboratory exercises complements the knowledge towards a practical understanding, from flow to combustion as well as the processes in and around turbomachinery and combustion engines.

The socio-politically relevant problems such as emissions of CO2 or other pollutants such as NOx, resource limitation and sustainability are highly topical issues and therefore also content of this specialisation study.

Fig. 1: Flight behaviour of wood dust in biomass burners, Bachelor thesis: Jorim Rosenberg, 2016.