Course detail

Fundamentals of Power Engineering I

FSI-LZ1Acad. year: 2020/2021

The course makes students acquainted with the application of basic physical laws, above all of hydromechanics and thermomechanics, applicable designing and utilization of power machines and equipment. These laws are used to improve the efficiency, operational quality and reliability of these machines and equipment, as well as the technological and material demands. The course is also aimed at incorporating of these machines and equipment into power systems and their control dependingon loading and other conditions. The economic and environmental problems are also very important parts of the lectures.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will obtain the knowledge energy sources in the technical practice, their ecological, economic and energetic aspects.


Knowledge of physics and thermodynamics at 2.TU level


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Zbyněk Ibler, Technický průvodce energetika 1. díl,ISBN: 80-7300-026-1, Praha, 2002
Doc.Pavelek,CSc. Termomechanika - skripta VUT, 2003
KC Agrawal, Industrial Power Engineering Handbook, ISBN: 0-7506-7351-6, NEWNES, 2001

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Exercises are focused on practical topics presented in lectures.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Graded credit requirements: active participation in the exercises, delivery of a project for the given topic in the given term.
Examination: written part consists of questions and examples, oral part in a form discussion about a given topic.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim of the course is to familiare students with the problems of designing the thermal power stations, their important nods, as well as with the economic aspects of the design.

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

Participation in the exercises is systematically controlled.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B3S-P Bachelor's

    branch B-EPP , 2. year of study, summer semester, 6 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



39 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Transformation of energy
2. Electricity engineering in the Czech Republic
3. Basic elements of power plants
4. Thermal cycles of power plants
5. Application of gas turbine cycles
6. Combined heat and power production
7. Integrated gas and steam power plants
8. Pressure reduction of steam and gases
9. Steam and vapor flow
10. Indirect heat cycles
11. Basic heat exchange theory in power applications
12. Conduction, convection and radiation heat exchange
13. Environment friendly technology for power plants


26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Analysis of basic equations and processes of solution
2. Application of the First law of thermodynamic for close systems
3. Application of the First law of thermodynamic for open systems
4. Entropy – basic calculations
5. Practice with steam tables and graphs
6. Gas mixtures - calculations of properties
7. Calculation of isobaric, isochoric and isothermal processes
8. Calculation of adiabatic processes
9. Calculation of thermal gas cycles
10. Calculation of steam cycles
11. Calculation of indirect thermal cycles
12. Calculation of heat transfer
13. Practice in heat exchanger designing