MSE Master of Science in Engineering

The Swiss engineering master's degree

Ogni modulo equivale a 3 crediti ECTS. È possibile scegliere un totale di 10 moduli/30 ECTS nelle seguenti categorie: 

  • 12-15 crediti ECTS in moduli tecnico-scientifici (TSM)
    I moduli TSM trasmettono competenze tecniche specifiche del profilo e si integrano ai moduli di approfondimento decentralizzati.
  • 9-12 crediti ECTS in basi teoriche ampliate (FTP)
    I moduli FTP trattano principalmente basi teoriche come la matematica, la fisica, la teoria dell’informazione, la chimica ecc. I moduli ampliano la competenza scientifica dello studente e contribuiscono a creare un importante sinergia tra i concetti astratti e l’applicazione fondamentale per l’innovazione 
  • 6-9 crediti ECTS in moduli di contesto (CM)
    I moduli CM trasmettono competenze supplementari in settori quali gestione delle tecnologie, economia aziendale, comunicazione, gestione dei progetti, diritto dei brevetti, diritto contrattuale ecc.

La descrizione del modulo (scarica il pdf)riporta le informazioni linguistiche per ogni modulo, suddivise nelle seguenti categorie:

  • Insegnamento
  • Documentazione
  • Esame
Thermal Hydraulic Methods for Energy Systems in Buildings (TSM_HydMeth)

The course imparts knowledge on practical design methods for thermal systems such as heating and cooling circuits, solar thermal systems and district networks. Special emphasis is placed on the conditions for safe operation. The design and integration of storage tanks and heat pumps into thermal networks is also covered. Furthermore, building physical aspects and practical rules regarding pipe routing, building integration, and maintenance are discussed as well.


Basic knowledge of thermodynamics, heat transfer and fluid dynamics.

Obiettivi di apprendimento

Practical design problems are best solved in a holistic approach. It is therefore advantageous to solve thermodynamic and hydraulic dimensioning problems in conjunction. This approach is expressed by the term “thermal hydraulics”. 

The students will learn how to solve thermal hydraulic engineering problems in the fields of building technology, solar thermal energy and thermal network design.

The aim of these methods is to enable the design of energetically and economically efficient as well as maintenance friendly technical components and systems, and, to prove their functionality by way of simulation.

Categoria modulo

A short introduction into thermodynamics, fluid mechanics as well as mass and heat transfer will be given, tailored to the needs of this course.  The theory of two-phase flow is taught to the degree necessary to deal with the ventability of pipe networks and the stagnation safety of solar thermal plants.

Open source computer programmes are provided for each topic. These assist in solving the exercises and can also be used for the future professional practice.

Metodologie di insegnamento e apprendimento

The content is taught in frontal lessons.
Numerous examples are motivated and illustrated by story-telling.

Homework exercises are solved using the provided VBA codes running under Excel.


The script is provided in the form of ppt-presentations.

Further reading:

Massoud, M., 2005, "Engineering Thermofluids", Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York.

Eismann, R., 2017, "Thermohydraulische Dimensionierung von Solaranlagen : Theorie und Praxis der kostenoptimierenden Anlagenplanung", Springer Vieweg, Wiesbaden. ISBN: 978-3-658-07124-0.

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