Short Title:Process Heating
Full Title:Process Heating
Module Code:HEAT H2001
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Field of Study:Electricity and energy
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Author:NOEL CLEARY
Module Description:Upon completion of this module students will be able to use their knowledge of industrial process heating systems and components to the carry out a thermodynamic analysis of these systems.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Describe the layout and the functioning of each of the elements of hot water and steam process heating systems.
LO2 Calculate U values for typical elements of buildings
LO3 Calculate heat loss and hot water loads for selected buildings
LO4 Evaluate the performance of boilers and other elements of heating systems.
LO5 Carry out calculations to evaluate the performance of a typical steam process plant
LO6 Calculate pipe and pump sizes for simple heating systems.
LO7 Carry out combustion calculations and evaluate the combustion performance of common commercial fuels as applied to process heating plant.
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
Heat Loss calculations
Evaluation of 'U' values and overall heat loss from buildings. Hot water requirements and sizing calculations. degress days and the calculation of annual heating demand
Space heating systems
Layout and functioning of domestic and commercial space heating systems. Hot water, air and radiant type systems. Components of space heating systems, boilers, pumps, valves, and other fittings. Heat emitters: radiators, convectors both natural draught and forced draught, heated floors, walls and other surfaces calorifiers and hot water production
Heating system calculations
Selection and sizing of of heat emitters, boilers, pumps and distribution piping.
Steam process plant
Layout and functioning of same. Elements of process steam plant, boilers, pipe-work, heat exchangers, steam trapping and condensate recovery. Safety and maintenance issues, water treatment, blow-down and statutory inspections. Efficient operation of process steam plant
Boilers and combustion equipment for oil, gas and solid fuels in detail. Calorific value of fuels, combustion calculations, products of combustion and energy balances for boilers
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Continuous Assessment In class assignment on the calculation of heat loss from buildings and the calculation of hot water and boiler loads 2,3 10.00 Week 3
Continuous Assessment In class assignment in sizing of elements of heating systems 1,4,6 10.00 Week 5
Laboratory Lab practical to evaluate the combustion performance of a boiler burner 1,4,7 10.00 Week 7
Continuous Assessment CA test on selected aspects of process heating systems 2,3,4,5,6,7 10.00 Week 10
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,4,6,7 60.00 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Class Work 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Laboratories Practical Work 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Independent Learning Time Outside of class 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Tutorial Worked applications of theory 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Yunus A. Cengel, Michael A. Boles 2006, Thermodynamics, 6th ed Ed., McGraw-Hill Higher Education Boston [ISBN: 9780072884951]
  • Clive Beggs, 2009, Energy: Management, Supply and Conservation, Second Edition, 2nd Ed., Macmillian UK [ISBN: 9780750686709]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_EAEEE_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Sustainable Energy Engineering 4 Mandatory
TA_EAEEE_D Bachelor of Engineering in Energy and Environmental Engineering 4 Mandatory