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Secondo Semestre

Training objectives

The course aims to provide basic knowledge and physical-mathematical and methodological tools for the analysis of the main energy conversion systems for the production of energy from fossil and renewable sources, as steam cycles, gas turbine cycles, combined cycles, reciprocating engines and CHP systems.
The course will therefore provide the skills necessary to analyze and optimize the performance of the considered energy conversion systems.


To give the exam, it is mandatory pass the exams of the courses of "Analisi matematica" and "Fisica generale I"; it is also highly recommended to know the main contents of the course “Applied thermodynamics”.

Course programme

The course is composed of 60 classroom hours, split into theoretical and practical lectures.
The topics developed in the course are reported below.
Steam cycles (18 hours)
Steam generator (6 hours)
Gas turbines (10 hours)
Combined cycles (8 hours)
Combined heat and power (10 hours)
Reciprocating engines (8 hours)
For all the considered energy conversion systems, the course provides the methodologies and the physical-mathematical tools to evaluate the thermodynamic performance.

Didactic methods

The course is composed of 60 classroom lessons, which aim to provide both theoretical background and numerical applications.

Learning assessment procedures

The aim of the exam is to test the level of achievement of the previously mentioned educational goals.
The examination takes place in 2 separate sessions:
- written session (both theoretical questions and numerical applications), on all the topics tackled in the class or on the basic concepts, with the aim to evaluate how deeply the student has studied the subject and how he is able to understand the basic topics analyzed. There usually 2-3 questions on selected topics;
- oral session, where the ability of linking different subjects is evaluated.
To pass the exam, a candidate has to exhibit basic knowledge on all course subjects; the mark (in the range 18-30) depends on the understanding and rigorousness about course topics.

Reference texts

Recommended textbooks
- Negri di Montenegro G., Bianchi M., Peretto A., 2008, “Sistemi Energetici 1 – Macchine a fluido”, Pitagora Editrice, Bologna.
- Cantore G., 1996, “Macchine”, Progetto Leonardo (Ed. Esculapio).
- Morandi G., 1974, “Macchine ed apparecchiature a vapore e frigorifere”, Pitagora Ed., Bologna.

Suggested textbooks
- Dossena V., Ferrari G., Gaetani P., Montenegro G., Onorati A., Persico G., 2015, “Macchine a fluido”, CittàStudi Edizioni.
- Lozza G., 2016, “Turbine a gas e cicli combinati”, Edizioni Esculapio (3a edizione).
- Cornetti G., Millo F., 2015, “Scienze termiche e macchine a vapore - Vol. 2A”, Ed. Il Capitello.
- Cornetti G., Millo F., 2015, “Macchine a gas - Vol. 2B”, Ed. Il Capitello.
- Bettocchi R. , Spina P. R. , "Propulsione aerospaziale con turbogas", Pitagora Editore.
- Cocco D., Palomba C., Puddu P., 2010, “ Tecnologie delle energie rinnovabili”, S.G.E., Padova
- Ferrari G., “ Motori a combustione interna ”, Ed. Il Capitello.
- Cohen H., Rogers G.F.C., Saravanamuttoo H.I.H., 1996, “Gas Turbine Theory”, Longman.
- Heywood J. B., “ Internal combustion engine fundamentals”, McGraw-Hill.

Additional sources
The pictures of the energy conversion systems shown in the classroom are available at: