Course detail

Thermal Management of Vehicles

FSI-QTEAcad. year: 2017/2018

The course Thermal Management of Vehicles acquaints students with the theoretical basis of heat transfer, which are then applied to the issue of automotive powertrain cooling and to the systems of thermal comfort of vehicle cabins.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The course will provide students with the knowledge of heat transfer and apply it to problems of cooling of the combustion engine and the treatment of the indoor climate in the cabs of vehicles.


Thermodynamics, basic computer skills.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

DALY, Steven. Automotive air-conditioning and climate control systems. 1st ed. Oxford: Butterworth Heinemann, 2006, 362 s. ISBN 0-7506-6955-1. (EN)
VAN BASSHUYSEN, Richard a Fred SCHÄFER. Internal combustion engine handbook: basics, components, systems, and perspectives. Warrendale, Pa.: SAE International, c2004, xxxix, 811 p., ISBN 07-680-1139-6. (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures that provide the explanation of the basic theoretical knowledge of heat transfer, powertrain cooling and devices to adjust the indoor climate in the cabins of automobiles. Teaching is complemented by laboratory assignments and computational exercises.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Attendance at seminars and laboratory measurements. Overall evaluation of the course will be based on written exam, focusing on the application of lessons learned.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim of the course is to familiarize students with current trends in the automotive heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems and powertrain cooling.

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

Attendance at seminars is compulsory. Absence at seminars and replacing them is solved individually with a teacher.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme M2I-P Master's

    branch M-ADI , 2. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Thermal management of cars - Introduction
2. Heat transfer - Conduction
3. Heat transfer - Unsteady conduction
4. Heat transfer - Fins
5. Heat exchangers - design methods
6. Heat exchangers construction
7. Heat resources and thermal management in the engine compartment
8. Application of the heat exchangers in the engine compartment
9. Cabin, thermal comfort and services provided by HVAC systems
10. The rating of thermal comfort in the cabins of automobiles
11. Challenges in the field of automotive HVAC - classic cars, EV cars
12. Cooling cycles - principles of operation
13. Cooling cycles - design of automotive air conditioning


13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Thermal balance of Combustion engine
2. Experimental determination of the heat transfer coefficient
3. Heat balance of the cab car
4. Experiment - cabin heat up, evaluation of thermal comfort
5. Sizing of the heat exchanger
6. Experiment - efficiency of refrigeration unit