Process design for energy efficiency

This minor offers students a solid foundation of thermodynamics and modelling with advanced applications in the fields of refrigeration and new energy technologies such as solar and wind power. Advanced process thermodynamics offers deeper knowledge of the subject. Introduction to CFD gives students an insight into fluid dynamics and introduces them to the world of CFD modelling.

Students who want to improve their tool palette in the topics of the minor are recommended to select one or more of the courses depending on their individual needs.

Principles of process engineering is a B.Sc. level course intended for those who have not studied enough thermodynamics and related subjects and need to deepen their knowledge before progressing to advanced level courses.

Courses included in the programme:

= Contact learning
= Online learning
= Blended learning (online & contact learning)
Principles of process engineering (424307.0), 5 ECTS. 2.9.–25.10.2019.

Apply before Aug 4, 2019

The aim of the course is to make the student acquainted with the foundations of thermodynamics, and how these can be used to tackle some engineering problems using mathematical models.

Key topics in the course are the use of macro balances for additive quantities, the basic principles of modeling, and the practical implications of the laws of thermodynamics.

The students will gain understanding of problems in energy technology and estimation and calculation of thermodynamic quantities needed. They will also learn commonly accepted computational simplifications which make it possible to tackle problems in the systems studied.

Study method: online or contact learning.

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Introduction to computational fluid dynamics (424512.0), 5 ECTS. Intensive studies in October 2019.

Apply before Sp 25, 2019

The course is organised as intensive studies in October (week 42 or 43).

The course consists of lectures, exercises, and seminar presentations. The main topics of the course are mass and momentum balances, the Navier-Stokes equations, potential flow, numerical computation of flow fields, introduction to turbulence models and multiphase flows. The final part of the course is devoted to CFD modeling using a software.

The aim of the course is to give the participants a deeper knowledge of the theory of fluid mechanics. It is in particular intended for postgraduate students who are familiar with the elements of engineering fluid dynamics (e.g. use of energy balances, calculation of pressure drops in pipe flow, and estimation of drag forces on obstacles) but feel that they need deeper theoretical insight to be able to enter the field of computational fluid dynamics.

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New energy technologies (424517.0), 5 ECTS. Spring 2020.

The aim of the course is to give the participants an overwiew of new energy (more) sustainable energy technologies and their advantages and disadvantages. Present state and global trends are discussed.

Technologies treated are solar thermal energy (collectors and concentrators), solar photovoltaics, biomass, fuel cells, wind energy, wave and tidal energy, geothermal energy and osmotic power. The course also treats operation principles, efficiency and practical realisations of the technologies, and illustrates the performance through a set of small numerical examples and assignments.

Advanced process thermodynamics (424520.0), 5 ECTS. Spring 2021.

The student will obtain knowledge and skills with more modern concepts of advanced thermodynamics, from a viewpoint of more sustainable energy technology and more energy efficient (chemical) process engineering.


  1. Exergy analysis
  2. Heat radiation
  3. Solar energy (PV, thermal)
  4. Separation process thermodynamics
  5. Irreversible thermodynamics
  6. Energy Storage
  7. Exercises

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After registration you will be able to login to Åbo Akademi’s Moodle.

Professor in charge: Henrik Saxén, Åbo Akademi (

Contact person in practical matters: Mikko Helle, Åbo Akademi (

Other teachers:

Ron Zevenhoven, Åbo Akademi

Mikko Helle, Åbo Akademi

Type of study unit



5–20 ECTS

Teaching semester


Host university

Åbo Akademi

Open for degree student


Open for non-student


Level of studies


Teaching methods

Contact or online learning



Programme suitable for

Master's level students with some basic background knowledge in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics



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