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Undergraduate Course: Engineering Thermodynamics 2 (SCEE08006)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course first introduces the principles and methods of Classical Thermodynamics and the thermodynamic laws (first and second) in relation to familiar experience of equilibrium, work, heat, and amount of matter. The course shows how Equations of State calibrated on equilibrium data can lead to the identification of Thermodynamic Functions (Internal Energy, Enthalpy, Entropy, Gibbs Energy, Helmholtz Energy and Chemical Potential) and how these can be can be practically retrieved by using also other measurable thermodynamic quantities (specific heat capacity, expansivity and isothermal compressibility). This is delivered in the context of pure fluids and used to describe the performance of single reversible transformations, power generation and refrigeration cycles.
Course description The following topics will be covered:
Equilibrium State
Thermodynamic Variables
Thermodynamic Data
PvT Surface
Pv Diagram
Concept of EoS and Ideal Gas EoS
Non-Ideal Fluids and EoS
Quasi-static and Reversible Transformations
Internal Energy
1st Law of Thermodynamics
Path Functions, State Functions and Internal Energy in a Thermodynamic cycle
Useful Work and Enthalpy
Internal Energy and Enthalpy of an Ideal Gas
Specific Heat Capacities and Heat
Boundary Work and Useful Work in specific Thermodynamic transformations
2nd Law of Thermodynamics and Carnot cycle
Entropy and Clausius Inequality
The Thermodynamic EoS and Entropy Change of the Ideal Gas
Diagrams with Thermodynamic Potentials
Application of the Laws of Thermodynamics to Fluid Machinery - General Approach
Application of the Laws of Thermodynamics to Fluid Machinery - Turbine
Application of the Laws of Thermodynamics to Fluid Machinery - Compressor
Application of the Laws of Thermodynamics to Fluid Machinery - Fans and Pumps
Application of the Laws of Thermodynamics to Adiabatic Expansion Valves
Application of the Laws of Thermodynamics to Heat Transfer Equipment
Direct Gas Cycles: Otto Cycle and Diesel Cycle
Direct Gas Cycles: Brayton Cycle
Direct Vapour Cycles: Rankine and Hirn Cycles
Direct Vapour Cycles: Maximisation of the Hirn Cycle performance
Reverse Vapour Cycle
Fundamental Equation of Thermodynamics and additional Thermodynamic Potentials
Identities and Maxwell Relations for Thermodynamics from the Fundamental Eq of Thermodynamics (optional)
Change of Partial Derivative and Chain Rule (or Triple Product Rule) in Thermodynamics (optional)
General correlation between Heat Capacities
Relations for Changes in Thermodynamic Potentials in non-ideal fluids with no change of composition
Chemical Potential and Gibbs Energy
Chemical Potential of the Ideal Gas and Ideal Gas Mixture
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Engineering 1 (SCEE08001) OR ( Physics 1A: Foundations (PHYS08016) AND Physics 1B: The Stuff of the Universe (PHYS08017)) OR ( Chemistry 1A (CHEM08016) AND Chemistry 1B (CHEM08017)) OR
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 64 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 70% written paper

30% coursework (automated assessment of online tests delivered during the course)

Students must pass the exam and the course overall. If you fail a course you will be required to resit it. You are only required to resit components which have been failed.
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand and apply basic thermodynamic concepts: thermodynamic systems, states, properties, functions, work, heat and amount of matter.
  2. Describe the significance of all essential thermodynamic functions.
  3. Represent thermodynamic processes, including power generation and refrigeration cycles on suitable diagrams and determine the indicators of performance typical of each system.
  4. Understand the deviations between ideal vs. real fluid and engineering systems.
Reading List
Fermi, Enrico - Thermodynamics. Dover Publications, 1956.
ISBN: 9780486603612

Highly Recommended:
Kenneth Denbigh - The Principles of Chemical Equilibrium. Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781139167604

Claus Borgnakke, Richard E. Sonntag - Fundamentals of Thermodynamics.
Wiley. ISBN: 978-1-119-49496-6

Yunus A. Cengel, Michael A. Boles, Mehmet Kanoglu - Thermodynamics: An Engineering Approach.
McGraw Hill. ISBN10: 1259822672;
ISBN13: 9781259822674
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsSCEE08006,Thermodynamics,Engineering,Ideal gas,Equilibrium,Cycles,States,Equation of State
Course organiserDr Giulio Santori
Course secretaryMr Mark Owenson
Tel: (0131 6)50 5533
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