EFPT students can tailor their degree to emphasize energy engineering, process engineering, or fluid mechanics.
EFPT students who focus on process technology learn to define, design and optimize the processes and equipment that transform raw goods into consumer products.
Nowadays Process Technology faces tremendous challenges related to the shrinking availability of non-renewable resources, rising energy prices, and a broad spectrum of environmental and safety issues. These challenges affect numerous industries, including oil and gas, food, pharmaceutical and bulk industries. The Process Technology of the future must get more while using less. That requires the re-invention of industrial processes to develop sustainable processes that use energy and resources more efficiently while drastically reducing waste streams – or even reuse waste as new primary material resources.
Students within EFPT specializing in Process Technology receive the knowledge and skills they need to systematically define, design and optimize a variety of sustainable processes and equipment. Students learn the state-of-the-art in process intensification, thermodynamics, fluid dynamics and process control. They get hands-on experience in sustainable process technology within their graduation project at one of the sections of the Process & Energy Department
Energy is the vital force powering business, manufacturing and the transportation of goods and services to serve the world economies. Demand for energy is growing, while the related environmental impact of pollutants from energy conversion processes is one of the major problems facing humanity. One of the fundamental challenges for the future is the sustainable production of energy, with gradual emancipation from fossil fuels due to their increasing scarcity and associated political danger. This can only be achieved by technological improvement and innovation.
EFPT students who focus on energy technologies develop a thorough understanding of energy conversion and utilization. Students learn about state-of-the-art analysis tools and apply them to study highly efficient, environmentally friendly and integrated processes for the production and utilization of heat, power and secondary fuels like hydrogen. Starting at a systems analysis level, students gain skills to apply their knowledge in sustainable next-generation processes.
The research activities focus on both systems and components. The system-related studies aim at optimizing the complete chain of energy production and utilization, the thermodynamic design of processes and their integration into larger systems and online optimization using modern diagnostic tools. Examples include advanced biomass utilization concepts such as gasification in combination with fuel cells, gas or ORC turbines and hydrogen production. Component-level research is related to combustion, co-combustion and gasification in fluidized bed and/or pulverized fuel systems and the combustion of LCV gases in gas turbines.
EFPT students who focus on fluid mechanics receive training in the fundamentals of fluid flow. Particular attention is paid to turbulence and multi-phase flow, since these are relevant to many industrial and environmental applications. Much emphasis is placed on computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and its use in solving various practical problems.
Associated research activities at the Fluid Mechanics Group at TU Delft concern the application of numerical tools to fluid mechanics, particularly with respect to the simulation of turbulence. In fluid mechanics we cannot do without experiments. For this reason, most of the numerical work is combined with experimental research emphasizing the use of new measurement techniques. Consequently, the student is trained in all aspects of modern fluid mechanics in both classroom and research environments.
Programme - in detail
Course requirements for the first year of the EFPT track are divided in several categories. The first is a core group of four courses (11 ECTS total) common to all Mechanical Engineering Master tracks at TU Delft, along with a “social course” of 3-6 ECS.
o Physics for Mechanical engineers (4 ECTS)
o Measurement Technology (3 ECTS)
o Nonlinear Mechanics (4 ECTS)
The second category (19 ECTS total) comprises compulsory courses for all students in the EPT track. These courses train the student in key basic disciplines such as fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, process modeling and simulation, and process equipment design.
o Advanced Applied Thermodynamics (5 ECTS)
o Equipment for Heat and Mass Transfer (5 ECTS)
o Advanced Fluid Dynamics (5 ECTS)
o Advanced Heat Transfer (4 ECTS)
In the third category, students begin to tailor their degree program by selecting two courses from a list of four:
o Process Plant Design (5 ECTS)
o Modeling of Thermodynamic and Hydrodynamic Systems (5 ECTS)
o Advanced Reaction and Separation Systems (5 ECTS)
o Turbulence (5 ECTS)
Finally there is a fourth category (15 ECTS total) containing a long list of electives, examples of which are given below. Other choices from the full TU Delft course catalog are also possible, in consultation with the EFPT Master’s Coordinator.
o Energy from Biomass
o Indoor Climate Control Fundamentals
o Process Dynamics & Control
o Multiphase Reactor Engineering
o Fluid-Structure Interaction
o Gas Dynamics
o Molecular Thermodynamics
o Computational Materials Science
o Product & Process Design
o Nonlinear Differential Equations
o Numerical Analysis
o Gas Turbine Simulation/Application
Second year students in the EFPT track complete and industrial internship (15 ECTS) and a research project (35 ECTS) under the supervision of a TU Delft researcher.
Internships can be completed in the Netherlands and abroad.
Recent graduation research project topics include:
o Research Design and analysis of a heat pump applied to apartment buildings
o Numerical modeling of heat transfer in flameless and conventional combustion
o Power systems combining Solid Oxide Fuel Cells and gas turbines
o Ultrasonic irradiation and its mixing and crystal nucleation consequences
o Experimental Validation of a New Ammonia/Water Absorption Model
o Eco-efficiency of biomass co-firing with coal
o Cooling crystallization under influence of a strong DC electric field for controlling polymorphism