Practical Thermal Fluid Systems Simulation

...Published 2014-08-14


The aim of the course is to equip the learner with the knowledge and skills required to apply simulation in the design and optimization of complex thermal-fluid systems. It will therefore serve to refresh and enrich the learner’s knowledge and understanding of the relevant fundamentals of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer. In addition to this, it will facilitate the application of these fundamentals by applying it to a range of simulation case studies that will be carried out with the aid of thermal-fluid system simulation tools.

Date: 29 September 2014 – 1 October 2014 |  Venue: Gauteng (TBC) |  Time: 09:00 – 16:00 |  Cost: R 7 500.00 (excl.VAT)

Engineers and technologists who will be involved in the simulation, design and optimization of complex liquid and gas reticulation networks such as chilled water distribution systems, compressed air plants, power plants, etc. Learners should have a working knowledge of the fundamentals of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer at undergraduate level.


  • conservation principles for compressible and incompressible flows in pipes and ducts
  • frictional losses in laminar and turbulent flow
  • heat transfer with the environment
  • solution of pipe network problems
  • pump and compressor sizing
  • flow balancing
  • compressible flow in pipes with and without heat transfer
  • pump and compressor modelling at off-design conditions
  • transient flows in pipe networks

If you experience any difficulty registering online please call us on 012 809 9500.

This course is CPD approved by ECSA. Participants will receive 3 CPD points in terms of the requirements by the Engineering Council of South Africa – SAIMechE-0659-03/16

Dr Pieter Rousseau

Dr Rousseau is a director and chief executive officer of M-Tech Industrial (Pty) Ltd., a ommercial engineering firm that manufactures advanced heat pump systems and specializes in thermal-fluid systems design and optimization, energy efficiency and demand side management as well as the development of plant simulation software. He obtained his PhD degree in engineering in 1994 from the University of Pretoria and is a registered professional engineer as well as a graduate of the Owner President Management (OPM) executive education program at Harvard Business School. He is currently also part-time professor in Nuclear Engineering at North-West University.

For any queries please contact Franco Barnard or phone us on 012 809 9500.

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