MJ2442 Solar Heating Systems 6.0 credits


Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Course information

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

Thermal heat storage technologies. Components in solar thermal systems. Thermosiphons and integrated solar collector storage systems.
Function and characteristics of various types of solar thermal systems: - large/small;
hot water and combi systems/swimming pools; solar collector fields; short term /seasonal storage. Operation and control strategies.
Calculation of heat load. Simulation programs. Case study.

Intended learning outcomes *

After passing the course, the student should be able to:

  • Account for and evaluate various types of thermal loads and be able to estimate them by means of mathematical models.

  • Calculate heat storage capacity for different heat storage technologies, account for how they function and analyse their suitability for usage for given boundary conditions.

  • Account for the function of the most important components in a thermal solar energy system and for the European standards that are used for evaluating them.

  • Dimension a solar heating facility.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of different methods for frost and over-heating protection in solar thermal system and choose the most appropriate method for a specific application.

  • Design a solar collector field.

  • Use simulation tools to calculate the energy gain of a solar thermal system.

  • Analyse the function and characteristics of various types of solar thermal systems and evaluate the effect of different design and operational parameters on solar thermal systems.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Bachelor's degree of at least 180 credits with main field of study within mechanical engineering, energy technology, physics, chemistry or the equivalent. English B or the equivalent knowledge.

Recommended prerequisites

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Duffie, John A., Beckman, William A . (2006), Solar engineering of thermal processes., 3rd ed., Wiley, Hoboken NJ, ISBN 0-471-69867-9
Ccompendiums from the department on: Solar Thermal Systems and Solar Heating Design Project
- Guidelines.
Relevant journal articles and conference papers.

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

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

Examination *

  • INL1 - Written Assignment, 4.0 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN1 - Written Exam, 2.0 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.

Other requirements for final grade *

Written examination and laboratory session 2 credits (AF)
Home assignment 4 credits (AF).

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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Andrew Martin

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 MJ2442

Offered by

ITM/Energy Technology

Main field of study *

Mechanical Engineering

Education cycle *

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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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.