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Undergraduate Course: Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 3 (CHEE09020)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course focuses on the basic principles governing the equilibrium behaviour of macroscopic systems, and applications to systems of interest in modern chemical engineering. After a brief review of material covered in Thermodynamics 2, we begin by introducing fundamental concepts: thermodynamic potentials; criteria of equilibrium and stability; and introduction to the molecular basis of thermodynamics. These concepts are then applied to the analysis and solution of problems such as calculating the equilibrium composition of coexisting phases and reacting mixtures.
Course description 22 Lecture Hours, 10 Tutorial Hours

Review of Basic Thermodynamic Concepts (1st Law, 2nd Law). Thermodynamic potentials (A, G, H, U). The fundamental equation. Euler's theorem. Gibbs-Duhem equation.

Legendre transforms. Calculus of thermodynamics. Maxwell relations. Molecular basis for entropy.

Equilibrium conditions in multiphase systems without reaction. Gibbs phase rule. Applications of Gibbs phase rule to phase equilibrium problems.

Phase equilibrium in pure components (Clapeyron equation). Stability criteria, spinodals, Maxwell construction.

Fugacity and property calculations from EoS for pure components (virial, vdW, RKSM, PRSV). Corresponding states.

Mixing functions and partial molar properties. Partial molar properties from data.

Ideal and real-gas mixtures and fugacities. Ideal solutions, activities, excess functions.

Activity coefficient models, Henry's law, VLE (dew point, bubble point, flash calculations, azeotropes)

LLE and VLLE. Osmotic equilibrium, colligative properties.

Equilibrium criteria for chemical reactions. Reaction standard enthalpies and free energies.

T and p effects on chemical reaction equilibrium. Heterogeneous reactions, multiple reactions.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Engineering Thermodynamics 2 (SCEE08006)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesIntroductory Thermodynamics
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 66 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam %: 100
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Ability to express the fundamental equation in terms of different sets of independent variables, and understand its implications to equilibrium criteria
  2. Use equations of state to calculate thermodynamic properties of real gases
  3. Apply the phase rule to determine degrees of freedom and show how these may be satisfied
  4. Ability to solve vapour-liquid equilibrium of non-ideal mixtures
  5. Ability to calculate equilibrium compositions in chemically reacting systems
Reading List
S. I. Sandler: Chemical, Biochemical, and Engineering Thermodynamics, 5th Ed., Wiley, 2017
K. G. Denbigh: The Principles of Chemical Equilibrium, 4th Ed., Cambridge, 1981
A. Z. Panagiotopoulos: Essential Thermodynamics, Drios Press, 2011
M. S. Shell: Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics, Cambridge, 2015
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsPhase equilibrium,Chemical equilibrium
Course organiserDr Santiago Romero-Vargas Castrillon
Tel: (0131 6)51 3567
Course secretaryMr Mark Owenson
Tel: (0131 6)50 5533
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