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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