Heat Pump Systems Engineering

Activity Hours Location

Mo: 10:30 am – 12:00 am (09.10.2023)

E1, Schinkelstr. 2, 3.upper floor
Exercise Fr: 12:30 pm – 14:00 pm (13.10.2023) Phil, Kármánstr. 17-19, 1.upper floor
Final exam Tu: 13.02.2024 siehe RWTHmoodle/RWTHonline
  Conceptual image: Schematic structure of the module Copyright: © EBC

To mitigate climate impacts, more sustainable solutions for conventional technologies need to be found for heat supply all sectors. In this context, heat pump technology is currently the most promising alternative. From the building sector to mobile applications and industrial applications, heat pumps will therefore play a key role for low-emission heating and, in the long term, also for cooling. The use of a heat pump requires different components and controllers that influence each other in a closed circuit during operation. Accordingly, a well-founded understanding of the system, from the molecule to the control and system integration of a heat pump, is essential for the success of the heat transition.

The module Heat Pump System Engineering prepares future engineers for the challenges of heat pumps in energy systems. For this purpose, a basic understanding of the system levels of a heat pump system is created by covering the following topics:

  • Basics of thermodynamics
  • Refrigerants and cycles
  • Components in cycle processes: Compressor, heat exchanger and expansion valve
  • Safety and control engineering of a heat pump system
  • Model-based development and experimental investigations
  • Special features of air-water heat pumps
  • Integration of heat pumps into the building
  • Industrial applications with heat pumps
  • Mobile applications and alternative processes

After completing the module, the students will be able to analyse and evaluate the essential levels of heat pump systems from working fluid to energy system with regard to design and operation. The module is rounded off with both exciting views of practice through lectures from industry and research as well as with test bench visits as part of an excursion.

The module offers a comprehensive insight into the current state of technology and research in heat pump system technology and provides students with the necessary tools to be able to work and research in the field of heat pump systems in the future.



Heat Pump Systems Engineering