Helsinki University of Technology

The Helsinki University of Technology (HUT) is the oldest and largest univer­sity of technology in Finland, dating back to the nineteenth century. In 1849, the Helsinki Technical School was founded, marking the beginning of orga­nized technical education in Finland. In 1872 the school became the Helsinki Polytechnic School and in 1879 the Helsinki Polytechnical Institute. In 1908 the name was changed to the Helsinki University of Technology, and thus the teaching of technology at the university level began in Finland. In the 1950s and 1960s new premises were built to house the University of Technology in Qtani — emi and the university moved from Helsinki to the neighboring city of Espoo. HUT includes 12 faculties, 9 separate institutes, and 15 degree programs.

The Laboratory of Applied Thermodynamics has had a significant in­volvement in industrial ventilation activities since the inception of the national Finnish industrial ventilation technology program INVENT 1988. One of the first projects was the Design and Dimensioning Criteria for Industrial Ventila­tion. The laboratory is a proposer and coordinator for the European COST Action G3, “Industrial Ventilation” (1996-2003), and the Network of Indus­trial Ventilation, INVENTNET (2000-2002). The main interests of the labo ratory are new technical solutions for energy conversion and equipment and to provide comprehensive education in the field of thermal engineering. The present research areas of the Laboratory of Applied Thermodynamics are fuel cells and hydrogen technology, experimental fluid dynamics using laser Dop­pler anemometry, new and innovative energy production methods, technical and chemical thermodynamics, modern heat pumps and heat exchangers, low­emission combustion technologies, industrial ventilation (INVENT), and com­putational fluid dynamics (FINFLO).

The Laboratory of Applied Thermodynamics provides comprehensive ed­ucation in the field of energy engineering. The students, mostly in applied thermodynamics, have profound theoretical and practical bases in energy con­version processes and equipment. They master the basic mathematical and physical principles of energy physics and are then capable of specializing in a wide range of different technical applications of energy engineering. The main fields of education cover technical and chemical thermodynamics, heat and power generation processes and equipment, renewable energy production methods, heat and mass transfer, heat exchangers, and fluid mechanics. Some of the research project results are also included in subsequent education. The calculation of thermodynamic equilibrium of thermochemical systems can be done using computer programs such as ELCHEM and HSC, which are based on the laboratory’s own research work. The education of computational fluid dynamics is strongly connected with the FINFLO research project team.

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