Course detail

Refrigeration and Heat Pumps

FSI-LC0Acad. year: 2017/2018

The course deals with the design and construction of refrigeration devices and heat pumps. Students are gradually introduced to the issue of determining the required cooling capacity, choice of suitable refrigerant, individual components selection and overall design of the equipment. Students are familiarized with the current legislation and requirements for installation and commissioning of the proposed facility.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The course will enable students to acquire the knowledge and skills associated with the construction of refrigeration devices and heat pumps, their installation and commissioning. After completing the course, students should be able to design a simple cooling device.


Thermomechanics; Compressors, Fans and Refrigerating Plants


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

DINÇER, Ibrahim. Refrigeration systems and applications. Chichester: Wiley, 2003. ISBN 04-716-2351-2. (EN)
KOLEKTIV AUTORŮ. Chladicí a klimatizační technika. 1. vyd. Praha: Svaz chladicí a klimatizační techniky, 2012. (CS)
ŽERAVÍK, Antonín. Stavíme tepelné čerpadlo: [návratnost i za jeden rok]. 1. vyd. Přerov: Antonín Žeravík, 2003. ISBN 80-239-0275-X. (CS)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Combination of lectures and laboratory classes.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

The credit is awarded for participation in seminars and after the successful defense of the semestral project.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim of the course is to introduce students to the design process of refrigeration systems and heat pumps.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Independent elaboration of a given project.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme M2I-P Master's

    branch M-TEP , 2. year of study, winter semester, 0 credits, elective (voluntary)
    branch M-ENI , 2. year of study, winter semester, 0 credits, elective (voluntary)
    branch M-PRI , 2. year of study, winter semester, 0 credits, elective (voluntary)

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction, repetition - refrigeration systems (single and double stage, cascade, etc.)
2. Calculation of heat load - estimation of required cooling power
3. Refrigerants - refrigerants overview (HCFC, HFC, CO2, R717, natural), selection of suitable refrigerant for selected system
4. Evaporators - design requirements / selection
5. Condensers - design requirements / selection
6. Compressors - reciprocating, scroll, screw, centrifugal
7. Lubrication - system (compressor) lubrication
8. Metering device - design, selection, presettings
9. Pipes and fittings - design, calculation of pressure losses
10. Regulation of refrigeration devices + defrosting
11. Requirements on refrigeration devices - standard EN 378 (Part 1 and 2)
12. Requirements on refrigeration devices - standard EN 378 (Part 3 and 4)
13. Cold usage (refrigeration, etc.)