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MJ2423 Applied Refrigeration and Heat Pump Technology 6.0 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus MJ2423 (Spring 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course intends to provide advanced knowledge to handle different assignments in the fridge and heat pump  technology.
A wide range of systems for heat pumping and cooling a will be treated in lectures, study visits, guest lecturers, problem solving sessions, laboratory exercises and assignments
Some of the most important application fields that are included in the course are:

  • Main types heat pumps for room heating and warm water
  • Cooling applications, commercial and households
  • Geothermal systems
  • Heat pumps in district heating and remote cooling networks

The most important system components and the guidelines for efficient system design are also included by the course. Furthermore, the course will discuss the sustainability aspects in heat pumps and introduce the emerging environmentally friendly cooling media.

Intended learning outcomes

To pass the course, the student should be able to: 

1. Explain the principles of steam compression systems for heating and cooling, i.e. heat pump systems.
2. Identify and discuss the most important differences between different heat pump solutions in heating and cooling applications.
3. Describe the functions of the main components in the heat pump systems.
4. Solve problems in the fields of heating and cooling by means of the stated principle and the tools.

To receive higher grades the student should also be able to:
5. Solve advanced problems in the fields of heating and cooling.
6. Analyse the performance of the heat pump system and compare performance for different system solutions.
7. Choose and design appropriate system solution for certain cooling and heating applications.
8. Solve more advanced problems in the fields of heating and cooling.
9. Evaluate and suggest improvements of existing system solutions for relevant applications.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

MJ2407 "Sustainable Energy Utilisation" 9 credits. or the equivalent

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 4.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Samer Sawalha,, 08 790 78 89