ING2309 Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer

Course code: 
Course name in Norwegian Bokmål: 
Termodynamikk og varmeoverføring
Program of study: 
Bachelor i militære studier
Level of study: 
Teaching semester: 
2022 Spring
Assessment semester: 
2022 Spring
Language of instruction: 
Person in charge: 
Gisle Strand
Course content

The course will provide knowledge in thermodynamics and thermology for use in other technical specialisation courses. The cadets will be given the education necessary to handle operating and maintenance issues within areas of marine engineering and engine technology. After graduation, the cadet is able to communicate with others about thermodynamics and heat transfer both verbally, in writing and with a system of formulas. The cadet also has understanding of how new knowledge and methods in the area are developed, and what significance this has for the engineering practice. The course will provide a good basis for further studies.

The course plan follows the STCW code table: A-III/2 and the STCW function: Marine engineering at the management level.

The course covers the following academic content: Basic concepts and properties of fluids: density, pressure, temperature, compressibility, vapour pressure, mass flow and volume flow. State principles and equations of state properties for liquids and gases, relevant tables and charts (e.g. pV, Ts, hs, ph). Energy forms, work, heat, inner energy and enthalpy. The first law of thermodynamics, conservation laws for mass and energy. The 2nd law of thermodynamics, entropy and irreversibility, open and closed systems. Ideal circular processes for power generation and cooling, including the Carnot, Otto, Diesel, Dual, Rankine/Brayton and Stirling processes. Ship steam plants, components and fluid conditions in the plant. Dimensioning of compressed air tank for required volume and pressure with respect to desired mass flow. Humid air: characteristics, diagrams, equilibrium calculations, air conditioning systems. Heat transfer mechanisms: conduction, radiation, convection, dimensioning of heat exchangers, components and system integration.

The course is planned to be given by a civilian university.

Learning outcome


After completing the course, the cadet is able to:

  • explain key concepts and methods in thermodynamics and heat transfer
  • talk about basic issues in the subject regarding practical applications and operational problems
  • express basic understanding of how new knowledge and methods in the area are developed, and what significance this has for the engineering practice


After completing the course, the cadet is able to:

  • use relevant terminology and formula systems
  • account for basic laws and doctrines
  • use the knowledge to create mathematical models of selected conditions in thermodynamics and heat transfer
  • reason systematically on issues within the subject and explain his/her results
  • explain and apply thermal power and cooling machine cycles
  • use an engine room simulator for the retrieval and processing of thermodynamic data
  • use internal combustion engines, air conditioning systems, compressible flow test bench and associated measuring equipment in the laboratory, and be able to produce and interpret/analyse measurement data from these
  • apply the knowledge to determine dimensions for simple heat exchangers and sizes of compressed air tanks

General competences

After completing the course, the cadet is able to:

  • formulate and solve practical heat transfer and thermodynamics problems
  • use laboratory equipment and conduct the necessary instrumentation and data collection
  • Share his/her knowledge within thermodynamics and heat transfer 
Working and learning activities

Emphasis is placed on using examples from other subjects and from the service to illustrate topics in the course.

· Curriculum review using questions/discussions

· Calculation exercises and exercise review by student/teacher

· Student presentations, compulsory assignments, tutorials and independent study.

· Laboratory exercises and computer simulations  

· Tests

Laboratory experiments on:

  • Diesel engines, gas turbines, air conditioning systems and cooling machinery.

Use of engine room simulator

  • simulation of thermodynamic processes in diesel engines, steam plants, cooling and air conditioning systems.

Engine room and steam plant field trips

Sensor system

Examination is carried out according to the Regulations for Admission, Studies and Examinations (in Norwegian, “Forskrift om opptak, studier og eksamen”) at the Norwegian Defence University College.

  • J.B.Larsen, P.Christensen & B.Elmegaard,(2020). Maskinteknisk Termodynamikk, DTU. (ch. 1-12)
  • Supportive readings:

  • Bailey, M. B., Boettner, D. D., Moran, M. J., & Shapiro, H. N. (2012). Principles of Engineering Thermodynamics, SI-versjon (7. utg.). Asia: Wiley (ch. 1, 2, 3.1-3.6, 3.8-3.15, 4.1-4.11, 5, 6, 8.1-8.5, 9.1-9.8, 9.11-9.14,10.1-10.3, 10,6-10,7, 12.1-12.8).
  • Notes provided by teacher

Mandatory courseworkCourseworks givenCourseworks requiredPresence requiredComment
Laboratoriearbeid55RequiredLaboratory work
Tester22RequiredTest and submission
Obligatoriske arbeidskrav:
Mandatory coursework:Laboratoriearbeid
Courseworks given:5
Courseworks required:5
Presence required:Required
Comment:Laboratory work
Mandatory coursework:Tester
Courseworks given:2
Courseworks required:2
Presence required:Required
Comment:Test and submission
Form of assessmentGroupingDurationType of durationGrading scaleProportionOral examinationCommentSupported materials
MappevurderingIndividual -A-F30Not requiredTests, submissions and laboratory reports
Skriftlig eksamenIndividual 4HoursA-F70Not requiredThe exam must be passedRelevant formulas, tables and charts.
Form of assessment:Mappevurdering
Type of duration:-
Grading scale:A-F
Oral examination:Not required
Comment:Tests, submissions and laboratory reports
Supported materials:
Form of assessment:Skriftlig eksamen
Duration: 4
Type of duration:Hours
Grading scale:A-F
Oral examination:Not required
Comment:The exam must be passed
Supported materials:Relevant formulas, tables and charts.
Gisle Strand
Approval signature: 
Fagråd Sjømilitær Teknologi, 18.04.2018