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MJ2434 Advanced Refrigeration and Heat Pump Technology 6.0 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus MJ2434 (Autumn 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The aim of the course is to introduce the students to selected subjects from the research front in the field of refrigeration and heat pump technology. An additional aim is to broaden the students' knowledge in this field from previous courses.

The course includes the following subjects communicated via lectures, assignments and study visits.

  • Applications.

o Cooling in shops

o Geothermal heat pumps

o Ice rinks and their energy systems

o Heat recovery

  • Working fluids

o New synthetic low-GWP (Global Warming Potential) refrigerants

o Propane and ammonia in small heat pumps

o Carbon dioxide

  • Alternative cycles

o Heat driven cold

o Acoustic, magnetic and other

  • Modelling tools

o CoolPack and PackCalc

o Refprop in Excel


o Earth Energy Designer-EED

Intended learning outcomes

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

1. Discuss the most important progress in refrigeration and heat pump technology.

2. Use the most important computational tools for refrigeration and heat pump technology.

3. Carry out calculations of performance for heat and cooling system.

4. Design heat pumping systems and choose appropriate capacity for the main components of the systems.

To receive higher grades the student should also be able to:

5. Analyse performance for heat pumping systems and compare performance between different system solutions.

6. Explain the principles of the most important alternative cooling processes. Identify their potential, limitations and main application fields.

7. Describe some of the latest technologies and the latest introduced refrigerants for selected applications. Justify the introduction of these and compare them with traditional technologies and refrigerants.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

MJ2407 Sustainable Energy Utilisation, MJ2423 Applied Refrigeration and Heat Pump Technology, or the equivalent

Recommended prerequisites

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Kursen kommer att baseras på 1) Artiklar från tekniska och vetenskapliga tidskrifter, 2) Material utdelat i samband med gästföreläsningar, 3) Material sammanställt av läraren.

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


  • INL1 - Home Assignment 1, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • INL2 - Home Assignment 2, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • INL3 - Home Assignment 3, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 3.0 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 web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web MJ2434

Offered by

ITM/Energy Technology

Main field of study

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Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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