TEP4240 - System Simulation


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral exam 100/100 45 minutes D

Course content

Similarities between different energy domains; studying and training in a graph oriented systematic system modelling and simulation; numerical solution of mathematical equations, especially a set of ordinary differential equations (ODEs); Matlab® as a tool for mathematical formulation, simulation and solution presentation; examples and problems from mechanical, hydraulic, thermal and thermodynamic systems; energy system design and analyses; source and response analyses; introduction to optimization; introduction to a few advanced software packages for field calculation and system simulation.

Learning outcome

Knowledge:The course provides the student with knowledge about:Dynamic systemsBond graph method, involving:mathematical modelling of linear and non-linear elements: Sources, Resistances, Inertances, Compliances,mathematical modelling of couplings, both transformers and gyrators, between translatoric, rotational, fluid and electric components,formulation, programing and simulation of sets of coupled, non-linear ordinary dynamical 1.order differential equations.The course gives the student insight about:optimalization of engineer-problems,use of available sofware to describe and simulate dynamic systems.Skills:The course should enable the student to:identify and model elements in technical devices where several special fields are involved,take any non-linearities into account,connect these elements into mathematical form,program, simulate and optimize such problems.General competence:The course should give the student:experience in model, program, simulate and analyze dynamical problems where multiple engineer fields are represented,a working procedure to break down complex devices to simple model elments and formulate these mathematically.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, problem solving, learning and training in use of Matlab®, two project works. The students will work in 3-4 person groups solving problems and performing plenary presentations together reporting progress and findings. The lectures and exercises are in English when students who do not speak Norwegian take the course. If the teaching is given in English the Examination papers will be given in English only. Students are free to choose Norwegian or English for written assessments.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Course materials

A compendium will be made available through It's:learning-portal.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIO7040 7.5
TMR4275 3.7 AUTUMN 2015
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Energy and Process Engineering
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Energy and Process Engineering


Examination arrangement: Oral exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Oral exam 100/100 D 2023-12-21
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Oral exam 100/100 D
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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