University Structure

Faculty of Cryogenic Engineering

Andrey Nikitin

Faculty's History 

The Faculty was created as result of combining the former Faculty of Cryoengineering and Conditioning and the Faculty of Refrigeration Technology, which has been around since 1931.

The Faculty's graduates work as designers, engineers, managers, and department heads in leading foreign and Russian companies that work in the field of ventilation, conditioning, refrigeration and cryogenics, such as: Daikin, Bizer, Land, Sever Liquid Gas, Krion, United Elements, FlaktWoods, Gree, The Linde Group, Lentechgas, Samsung, LG Electr.

Our graduates have created air conditioning systems for such locations as: Konstantinovsky Palace, facilities for the Olympic Games in Sochi (the Bolshoy Ice Dome, Iceberg Skating Palace, and Russia's first bobsleigh track with artificial cooling).

Research interests

The Faculty does research in the following fields:

  • research on heat exchange processes during phase changes, including those on intensified surfaces of refrigeration equipment;

  • research on theoretically substantiated constitutive equations for ecologically safe cooling agents and their mixtures, charts and diagrams of refrigerants;

  • kinetic molecular interpretation and experimental research of the transfer mechanism in low and high-density gases and liquids of complex molecular structure;

  • research in the field of saving the ozone layer and consequences of global warming, ozone-safe and natural refrigerants, thermodynamic analysis of reverse cycles based on such refrigerants;

  • gas air environments cleaning and odor control;

  • research on heat-and-mass exchange processes in engineering systems;

  • aerodynamics and thermodynamics in life support systems;

  • operations simulation and reliability of elements of refrigeration equipment;

  • triboengineering and reliability;

  • analytical and experimental research of dynamic pneumatic processes of:

    • displacement and dynamic compressors;

    • heat energized transformers;

    • heat pumps;

    • heat exchangers;

    • thermofluid dynamic processes in phase changes in equipment;

  • use of  aero-thermo-acoustic processing for controlling the structure and properties of structural materials;

  • engineering as a means of providing structural materials' performance;

  • theoretical analysis of temperature behavior of spark plasma sintering and the possibility of creating a highly efficient beyond material by the example of the new model material Cu2-xSe;

  • development of methods for simulating the synthesis of nanothermoelectrics using spark plasma sintering;

  • nanocomposite thermoelectric materials for generating electricity;

  • nanostructures for efficient thermoelectric energy converters created using melt spinning technique with a subsequent spark plasma sintering;

  • technologies for cryostatting superconductive systems;

  • cryovacuum equipment;

  • improvement of low-temperature gas-separation plants;

  • solid-body coolants based on multilayer electric domain structures;

  • low-temperature systems for medical and biological purposes - bio-freezers, cryosurgery,  cryogenic technologies for therapy;

  • thermophysical instrumentation and research on thermophysical properties of structural materials and food products;

  • research and development of methods and tools for express-analysis of thermophysical and humidity properties of raw materials and food products;

  • research and development in the field of energy-efficient technologies for food production, industry facilities and housing and utility sector;

  • research on new methods and technologies for producing, storing and transporting natural compressed gas, with a special focus on developing new methods of thermodynamic analysis of liquefaction cycles, computational methods of analyzing heat-and-mass exchange processes, and modeling processes in turbomachinery equipment;

  • conditioning technology in modern life support systems in civil engineering, marine and aerotranspot, as well as for special-purpose on-board systems;

  • problems related to creating clean room facilities for modern electrical and biotechnology industry;

  • fundamental research in developing new solid-body coolants based on thermoelectric structures, as well as the use of magnetocaloric and electrocaloric effects in ferrielectrics and ferromagnetics.

Among the Faculty's Departments are:

Program tracks

Bachelor's programs:

  • Cryogenic engineering

  • Refrigeration technology

  • Life-Support Systems

  • Low-temperature Physics and Technology

  • Maintenance of Transport and Production Machines and Equipment (refrigeration plants, equipment and conditioning systems)

Master's Degree programs:

  • Life-Support Systems

  • Energy and Resource Conservation in Life-Support Systems of Buildings and Structures

  • Gas Liquefaction, Separation and Transportation

  • Thermoelectricity

  • Fundamentals of Thermal and Cryo- Engineering

  • Commercial Refrigerating Systems and Heat Pump Devices

  • Process Modeling and Durability in Refrigeration, Cryogenics and Life Support Systems

  • Heat-Mass Exchange Equipment Engineering and Design

  • Refrigerating Systems for Transport and Industry and Household Refrigerating Appliances

  • Computer-aided and Mathematical Modeling in Thermal Physics

  • Energy-Efficient Technologies of Heat and Cold Generation

  • Materials Reliability in Low-Temperature Equipment

  • Industrial Climate Technology

  • Operation of Refrigeratory Transport and Technological Machines and Complexes

International Research Laboratories:

  • International Laboratory "Applied Fuel and Gas Dynamics". The laboratory's research focuses on increasing the energy efficiency, reliability, and ecological and occupational safety of energy, transport, cryogenic and technological turbomachinery equipment.

  • International Laboratory "Direct Energy Conversion and Nano-Engineering of Thermoelectric Structures". The laboratory focuses on research in the field of nanostructured thermoelectric materials for power generation, and development and creation of highly efficient thermoelectric materials.

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