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Basics of Energy Technology

Structure Type: Study unit
Code: IKTP0503
Type: Compulsory / Basic Studies
Curriculum: ET 2017
Level: Bachelor of Engineering
Year of Study: 3 (2019-2020)
Credits: 3 cr
Responsible Teacher: Toimela, Tuomo
Language of Instruction: Finnish

Courses During the Academic Year 2019-2020

Impl.Group(s)Study TimeTeacher(s)LanguageEnrolment
14I-ET-3N, I-YT-3N2019-09-02 – 2019-12-20Tuomo ToimelaFinnish2019-08-19 – 2019-09-09
15I-KT-3N2020-01-07 – 2020-04-24Tuomo ToimelaFinnish2019-12-16 – 2020-01-14
16I-EY-2V, I-KT-2V2020-01-07 – 2020-05-16Tuomo ToimelaFinnish2019-12-16 – 2020-01-14
17I-TT-2V2020-03-02 – 2020-05-16Seppo MäkinenFinnish2019-12-16 – 2020-01-14

Still need to take the course? See the courses during the academic year 2020-2021.

Learning Outcomes

The course aims at understanding the physical foundation of different kinds of energy production technologies, including those of the future. After the course, the student should have a thorough understanding of basics of fluid statics and dynamics, as well as the natural laws related with heat and temperature. The student will also learn the laws of thermodynamics and the fundamentals of thermodynamic cycles. A special emphasis is placed on energy production technologies based on these thermodynamic principles. The student will understand the mechanism underlying the production of nuclear energy, as well as the basic structure of most common nuclear reactors. In addition to theoretical studies, the student will learn how to make laboratory exercises related with energy technology. These will include thorough analysis and complete error calculations to the obtained results.

Student's Workload

The total amount of student's work is 80 h.
The assessment of student’s own learning 1 h is included in contact lessons.

Prerequisites / Recommended Optional Courses

Physics of Heat and Wave Motion.


Pressure, fluid dynamics, wind energy and solar energy, the laws of thermodynamics, thermodynamic cycles, atom physics, nuclear energy, nuclear power plants.

Recommended or Required Reading and Other Learning Resources/Tools

Pentti Inkinen, Jukka Tuohi: "Momentti 1, Insinöörifysiikka", Otava. Pentti Inkinen, Reijo Manninen, Jukka Tuohi: "Momentti 2, Insinöörifysiikka", Otava.

Mode of Delivery / Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods

The relevant theories of physics, together with associated problems and applications, are studied on a course of lectures. In addition, the student will individually solve a number of given homework exercises. Students will also take part in laboratory measurements. The measurements are done in groups of 3 students.

Assessment Criteria

Grade 1: The student knows those subjects of the course, which are necessary for the forthcoming studies and working life.

Grade 3: The student is well-abled to utilize the course contents.

Grade 5: The student is able to apply creatively the contents of the course.

Assessment Methods

The assessment is based on an examination, homework exercises and laboratory work. A student must solve at least 25 % of the given homework exercises, and (s)he must complete all the associated experiments in the laboratory of Physics, as well as write two reports on the measurements.