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ENERGY

The Energy Department serves the fields of Energy Management, Systems and Machine Performance.

The three roles of the Department are:

  • Teaching
  • Industrial R&D
  • Academic research

The approach to these three roles is a transversal electromechanical approach. It requires skills in several areas of Electrical and Mechanical engineering.

 

The 5 teaching topics covered by the Department are as follows:

  • Thermodynamics

Acquire strong basics in general thermodynamics and be able to apply this knowledge to the study of thermal machinery: ability to analyze an installation’s operating mode, to write energy balance reports and calculate efficiency. Be able to use technical vocabulary on different driving or receiving machines and know their corresponding outputs.

  • Heat transfer

Acquire knowledge of the different heat transfer modes (conduction, convection, radiation) and heat exchangers. Develop ability to reflect on mono dimensional problems and solve these problems with the help of electrical analogy (thermal networks method).

  • Fluid Mechanics

Acquire basic concepts of Fluid Mechanics and vocabulary related to various kinds of fluids and flows. Ability to apply Fluid Mechanics basic equations in a control volume of incompressible viscous fluid, in order to design a simple industrial system related to Fluid Statics, Aeraulics or Hydraulics. The case of compressible flows is also studied.

  • Electrical Engineering « networks »

Acquire solid notions of the physical principles presenting common electrical and magnetic phenomena. Knowledge of technical vocabulary and the main characteristics of common components in electrical equipment. Knowledge of how an electrical network functions, from power plant production to distribution with a low voltage installation. How to describe electronic functions and/or advanced electronic circuits: oscillators, instrumentation amplifiers, analogue/digital and digital/analogue converters, energy converters.

  • Electrical Engineering « machines »

Working knowledge of operating modes, technical characteristics and limits, performances and common rotating machine applications: asynchronous and direct-current machines. Electrical energy resources as well as fossil and renewable sources. Photovoltaic panels and solar installation performances. Wind turbines. The hydrogen fuel cell: its working principle, main characteristics, application to electric vehicles and perspectives. The operating principle of an alternator. Available motordrive solutions for fixed or variable speed modes and for the positioning of components or tools according to functional specifications.