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Undergraduate Course: Thermodynamics (Mechanical) 4 (MECE10012)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course will consider advanced applications of thermodynamics in a range of engineering contexts. Topics covered will include advanced power cycles and psychrometry.
Course description - Introduction to exergy
- Thermodynamic cycles for power plants
- Ideal gas mixtures and psychrometry (simple gas/vapour mixture models)
- Introduction to combustion

AHEP outcomes - SM1b, EA1b, G2, G3
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Engineering Thermodynamics 2 (SCEE08006) OR Thermodynamics (Chemical) 2 (CHEE08009)
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Thermodynamics for Energy Systems (MSc) (PGEE10030)
Other requirements None
Additional Costs No (optional course textbook, same as used for Engineering Thermodynamics 2)
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesA standard introductory thermodynamics course, similar to Engineering Thermodynamics 2 (SCEE08006) or Thermodynamics (Chemical) 2 (CHEE08009).
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 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 65 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam %; 100
Feedback Students given extended problems (e.g. past exam papers) to be worked through in class in advance. Can then assess their own progress if this question is attempted independently before the relevant lecture. Also discussions with course staff in tutorials and office hours.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Have a deeper understanding of the significance of the First and Second Laws and be able to apply them to relevant engineering systems (e.g. power plants and refrigeration systems);
  2. Understand the division of energy into available and unavailable energy, that degradation of energy occurs in energy processes, and carry out second law analyses of simple plant;
  3. Carry out calculations on power cycles, heat pumps and combined heat and power plants and recognise the good, the bad and the impossible in energy systems;
Reading List
No book required, but texts that can be referred to include:
Borgnakke and Sonntag, Fundamentals of Thermodynamics, Wiley.

Cengel and Boles, Thermodynamics: An Engineering Approach, McGraw Hill.

Moran & Shapiro, Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics, Wiley.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Mathieu Lucquiaud
Tel: (0131 6)50 7444
Course secretaryMr James Foster
Tel: (0131 6)51 3562
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