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Undergraduate Course: Engineering Thermodynamics (Mechanical) 2 (MECE08014)

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 provides a basic grounding in the principles and methods of Classical Thermodynamics. It concentrates on: understanding the thermodynamic laws in relation to familiar experience; phase change, ideal gas and flow processes; using sources of data like thermodynamic tables and charts; application of the basic principles to the operation of various power cycles.
Course description Lecture 1 - Introduction
Basic Concepts and Definitions of Thermodynamics (topic 1.1)

Lecture 2 - Pure substances 1
Phase Change Properties, Property Diagrams (topic 1.2)

Lecture 3 - Pure substances 2
Property Diagrams (continued) and Tables, Saturated Liquid - Vapour Mixture, The Ideal Gas Law (continued topic 1.2)

Lecture 4 - Energy, Energy Transfer, and General Energy Analysis
Introduction to heat and work (topic 2.1)

Lecture 5 - 1st Law of Thermodynamics: Closed Systems
Energy analysis (1st Law) of closed systems / Forms of boundary work (topic 2.2)

Lecture 6 - Specific Heats
Definitions, Specific Heats of Ideal Gases, Liquids and Solids (topic 2.3)

Lecture 7 - Mass and Energy Analysis of Control Volumes
Control volume, Steady-state steady Flow Processes, Mass flow rate (topic 2.4)

Lecture 8 - 1st Law of Thermodynamics: Steady-flow Devices & Open Systems 2
Steady Flow Engineering Devices, Introduction to Unsteady Flow Processes (topic 2.5)

Lecture 9 - 2nd Law of Thermodynamics and Intro to Carnot Cycle
Introduction, Definition, and Statements of the 2nd Law, Heat Engines, Thermal Efficiency, Heat Pumps and Refrigerators (topic 3.1)

Lecture 10 - Carnot Cycle, Definition of Entropy
The Carnot Cycle, Reversible and Irreversible Processes, and Entropy (topic 3.2, 3.3)

Lecture 11 - Heat Pump Laboratory Lecture

Lecture 12 - Definition of entropy as a property (topic 3.3)

Lecture 13 - Entropy change and Processes
Entropy generation, increase of entropy in processes, Isentropic processes (topic 3.4)

Lecture 14 - Entropy and work
Additional concepts on entropy in processes with work (topic 3.5)

Lecture 15 - Power Cycles I
Gas Power Cycles, Otto Cycle (topic 4.1)

Lecture 16 - Power Cycles II
Gas Power Cycles, Diesel Cycles (topic 4.1)

Lecture 17 - Power Cycles III
Brayton Cycle ideal and actual cycles (topic 4.1)

Lecture 18 - Vapor and Combined Power Cycles
Cycles Including Phase Change, Rankine Cycle (topic 4.2)

Lecture 19 - Vapor and Combined Power Cycles
Refrigeration cycles (topic 4.2)

Lecture 20 - Finishing of Cycles and Systematic Approach to Problem Solving

Lecture 21 - Review Session
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 2 (CHEE08019)
Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 1, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 3.5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 60 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 80 %, Coursework 20 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam %: 80
Practical Exam %:
Coursework %: 20
Feedback Office hours, tutorial problem sessions, question and answer time in lectures
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)1:30
Resit Exam Diet (August)1:30
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Apply basic thermodynamic concepts: thermodynamic states and properties, work, heat, and energy
  2. Represent and evaluate thermodynamic processes and cycles, including applications to fluid machinery, direct gas cycles, and direct vapor cycles
  3. Apply thermodynamic principles to real engineering systems and know the limitations of ideal assumptions
  4. Describe the 1st and 2nd Laws of thermodynamics, including the role of entropy in defining cycle operations
Reading List
Çengel and Boles: "Thermodynamics: An Engineering Approach"
Borgnakke and Sontag: "Fundamentals of Thermodynamics"
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Rachel Schwind
Course secretaryMiss Maryna Vlasova
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