Mechanical engineering: Mechanical Engineering is the discipline that applies the principles of engineering, physics and materials science for the design, analysis, manufacturing, and maintenance of mechanical systems. It is the branch of engineering that involves the design, production, and operation of machinery. It is one of the oldest and broadest of the engineering disciplines.
Thermal Engineering: Thermal Engineering is a specialized sub-discipline of Mechanical Engineering that deals exclusively with heat energy and its transfer between not only different mediums, but also into other usable forms of energy.
OR Thermal Engineering is the discipline of mechanical engineering that involves the study of controlling heating and cooling processes in an enclosed or open environment using various equipment.
Good knowledge of Thermal Engineering is required for designing, compressor/condenser/evaporator coil/insulation used in the air conditioner and refrigerators. Thermal engineering is mostly practiced by Chemical Engineers and Mechanical Engineers.
Thermodynamics: The study of energy, energy transformations and its relation to matter. The analysis of thermal systems is achieved through the application of the governing conservation equations, namely Conservation of Mass, Conservation of Energy (1st law of thermodynamics), the 2nd law of thermodynamics and the property relations.
Heat Transfer: The study of energy in transit including the relationship between energy, matter, space and time. The three principal modes of heat transfer examined are conduction, convection and radiation, where all three modes are affected by the thermo-physical properties, geometrical constraints and the temperatures associated with the heat sources and sinks used to drive heat transfer.
Fluid Mechanics: The study of fluids at rest or in motion. While this course will not deal extensively with fluid mechanics we will be influenced by the governing equations for fluid flow, namely Conservation of Momentum and Conservation of Mass.
Applications of Thermal Engineering:
- Engineering : HVAC
- Cooling of computer chips
- Boiler design
- Solar heating
- In design of combustion engines
- Thermal power plants
- Commercial cooling system
COURSES in Thermal Engineering
M.Tech in Thermal Engineering (Mechanical Engineering Specialization) after B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering
Colleges and Universities: There is a large number of Colleges and Universities which are in providing the B.Tech/ M.Tech course in Thermal Engineering. Few of them are listed below:
- Swami Vivekanand University, Sagar, MP
- Bhabha Engineering Research Institute, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
- Biju Patnayak University of Technology, Rourkela, Orissa
- Bundelkhand Institute of Engineering & Technology, Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh
- Dehradun Institute of Technology, Dehradun, Uttrakhand
- College of Engineering, Pune, Maharashtra
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Blog Writer: Counselor Er. Anuj Rana