Last modified: 12/18/2012 11:42 AM
Are you a student starting lessons in Thermodynamics or beginning to use the Thermoptim software? You will find in this portal numerous resources first for an initiation to Engineering Thermodynamics and then for a gradual and thorough study of the subject.
You must be aware that these lessons are mainly part of the teaching program in the secondary cycle of the university (it may be part of the third cycle as personal activities are concerned). We assume that you have already attended a thermodynamics course in a first cycle at the university. Thus we will remind you the basic concepts without any demonstration.
You will discover an original tool with sessions and modules. Each Diapason module is composed of a set of sessions. Each session presents a course with a soundtrack, and some exercises. As you will see, using these sessions is very easy: a picture is loaded onto the screen, and when a soundtrack is provided, it is played so that you will hear the explanations as if the teacher were present in your room.
You may control the playback of the soundtracks by using the "start" ("écoute" in French) and "pause" buttons. The cursor located at the top right of the window may also be used (detailed instructions are displayed by clicking on the blue question mark in the left high corner). When hypertext links are present at the left bottom of the window, you may open various types of working documents.
We recommend that you should start working on this portal by reading the presentation of its basic functionalities before discovering Thermoptim:
We also provide a self-training site on energy powered systems, which will help you learn applied thermodynamics.
Finally, you will find numerous thematic pages on this portal, and you may also download extracts from the book "Energy powered systems" published by our editor,"Les presses de l'Ecole des Mines de Paris".
Presentation of Thermoptim
Thermoptim is a software which allows you to learn thermodynamics without trouble: in parallel to or even before the presentation of the theoretical bases, you can make very practical exercises on real machines applications, such as the study of a refrigerator or an electricity plant...
Learning to use this software application is very easy, as you will see by yourself. It may be added that this software application outputs very realistic results, without your being impeded by calculation difficulties, which are usually the rule in the science of thermodynamics.
Thanks to its thermodynamic function libraries, Thermoptim allows one to graphically model simple or complex energy technologies without writing a single equation, and to get very accurate results which can be visually displayed in different ways. It is in particular possible to get rid of the very limitative hypothesis of the perfect gas, and to use real fluid models.
A special audio Diapason session (in French) will introduce you to the main functionalities of this software in 20 minutes.
If your native language is not French, please be informed that this software can be run using seven different languages.
Site for downloading the software demo version
If you are not using Thermoptim yet, you may download the free demo version from the S4E2 commercial site, which sells the software package. With this demo version, you may read all Thermoptim files and build up small examples. However, please note that these examples cannot be saved with it.
Thermoptim Getting Started exercises
The hereunder Diapason sessions will teach you how to use Thermoptim :
If you prefer to work with a written document , similar exercices are available in Thermoptim documentation. Written in English, they are called getting started guides:
Self-training module on energy powered systems
We prepared to your attention a series of self-training thematic modules, which define thematic trails browsing through the available resources. They implement a progression from the bases to personal activities, some of which can be relatively complex.
Among them you will find an educational set of sessions (this special module). This module is a self-training module relative to energy powered systems based on the conversion of thermal energy. It has a special orientation concerning the main types of compressible fluid machines (i.e. compressor, internal combustion motor, gas turbine, steam turbine, refrigeration machine, combined cycle, co-generation).
It aims at your clear understanding of the design principles for these systems, and also a perspective of the various technologies used to build them. It also aims at accustoming you to the classical methods of analysis as well to the new ones (with diagrams, software packages, etc.).
There are three main steps in this training modules :