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Course description

Competencies and objectives


Course context for academic year 2021-22


This course is placed in the third year of the bachelor degree. Previously, the student has acquired knowledge in courses on (i) macroscopic mass and energy balances and fluid flow operations, and (ii) in thermodynamic fundamentals. This subject of Heat Engineering is divided in two main parts. The first one deals with the fundamentals of heat transfer mechanisms and description and operation of the equipments and processes whose operation is determined by the transport of such property. The second part deals with technical thermodynamics, based on heat conversion into mechanical power systems (fuels, power plants, alternative engines, refrigeration systems). It is a subject in which the student training is conducted by lectures, practical problems and computer group tutorials and visits; moreover, such training is extended and reinforced with practical laboratory course Experimentation in Chemical Engineering I.
To take this course, it is highly recommended that the students have previous skills in Mass and Energy Balances, Fluid Flow and Fundamentals in Thermodynamics and Chemistry.



Course content (verified by ANECA in official undergraduate and Master’s degrees)

Specific Competences (CE)

  • CE7 : Understand applied thermodynamics and the transmission of heat. Basic principles and their application to solving engineering problems.
  • CE8 : Understand the basic principles of fluid mechanics and their application to solving problems in the field of engineering. Calculation of piping, channels and fluid systems.


Basic Competences and Competences included under the Spanish Qualifications Framework for Higher Education (MECES)

  • CB1 : Que los estudiantes hayan demostrado poseer y comprender conocimientos en un área de estudio que parte de la base de la educación secundaria general, y se suele encontrar a un nivel que, si bien se apoya en libros de texto avanzados, incluye también algunos aspectos que implican conocimientos procedentes de la vanguardia de su campo de estudio.
  • CB2 : Que los estudiantes sepan aplicar sus conocimientos a su trabajo o vocación de una forma profesional y posean las competencias que suelen demostrarse por medio de la elaboración y defensa de argumentos y la resolución de problemas dentro de su área de estudio.
  • CB3 : Que los estudiantes tengan la capacidad de reunir e interpretar datos relevantes (normalmente dentro de su área de estudio) para emitir juicios que incluyan una reflexión sobre temas relevantes de índole social, científica o ética.
  • CB4 : Que los estudiantes puedan transmitir información, ideas, problemas y soluciones a un público tanto especializado como no especializado.
  • CB5 : Que los estudiantes hayan desarrollado aquellas habilidades de aprendizaje necesarias para emprender estudios posteriores con un alto grado de autonomía.


UA Basic Transversal Competences

  • CT2 : Computer and information skills.
  • CT3 : Oral and written communication skills.


General Competences:>>Instrumental

  • CG1 : Capacity for analysis and synthesis.
  • CG2 : General basic understanding of the profession.
  • CG3 : Knowledge of computers in the field of study.
  • CG4 : Problem solving.
  • CG5 : Decision making.


General Competences:>>Interpersonal

  • CG10 : Capacity to communicate with experts in other fields.
  • CG11 : Critical reasoning.
  • CG12 : Apply the ethical requirements and deontological code of the profession in all situations.
  • CG6 : Plan, organise and supervise teamwork.
  • CG7 : Work in multidisciplinary teams.
  • CG9 : Interpersonal relationship skills.


General Competences:>>Systematic

  • CG13 : Capacity to put knowledge into practice.
  • CG14 : Capacity for self-learning.
  • CG15 : Capacity to adapt to new situations.
  • CG16 : Ability to work independently.
  • CG17 : Creativity in all areas of the profession.
  • CG20 : Motivation for quality.
  • CG21 : Awareness of environmental topics.


Regulated Professional Competences

  • CPR1 : Capacity to draft, sign and develop industrial engineering projects in the speciality of Chemical Engineering, aimed at the construction, refurbishment, repair, conservation, demolition, manufacture, installation, assembly and exploitation of: structures, mechanical equipment, energy facilities, electrical and electronic installations, industrial installations and plants and manufacturing and automation processes.
  • CPR10 : Knowledge, understanding and capacity to apply the necessary legislation when acting as an Industrial Engineer in a professional capacity.
  • CPR3 : Understand basic subjects and technologies to allow one to learn new methods and theories, making one versatile in adapting to new situations.
  • CPR4 : Capacity to solve problems with initiative, decision-making skills, creativity, critical reasoning and ability to communicate and transmit knowledge, skills and abilities in the field of industrial engineering.
  • CPR5 : Understand how to carry out measurements, calculations, assessments, valuations, surveys, studies, reports, work sheets and other similar tasks.
  • CPR6 : Capacity to deal with mandatory specifications, regulations and standards.
  • CPR7 : Capacity to analyse and assess the social and environmental impact of technical solutions.




Learning outcomes (Training objectives)

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Specific objectives stated by the academic staff for academic year 2021-22

Class objective

At the end of the course the student should have knowledge and skills to solve power heat transfer steady state involving one or more transport mechanisms (conduction, convection, radiation). Also how to apply to equipment and facilities where the energy transport takes place: heat exchangers, evaporators, direct-fired furnaces, cooling systems, etc ...
The student should have also knowledge in fuels for power production for all the systems (industry, transport, municipalities), with critical applyance according to its fossil or renewable origin. The knowledge includes the technical aspects (chemistry, ignition, environmental, etc) and economic and social aspects.
Finally, it is also objective to get skills in Energy conversion systems.




Code: 34523
Lecturer responsible:
Credits ECTS: 9,00
Theoretical credits: 1,32
Practical credits: 2,28
Distance-base hours: 5,40

Departments involved

    Theoretical credits: 1,32
    Practical credits: 2,28
    This Dept. is responsible for the course.
    This Dept. is responsible for the final mark record.

Study programmes where this course is taught