• Offered by Research School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Engineering
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Prof Wojciech Lipinski
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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This course conveys the fundamental thermodynamic principles and analysis methods, with an emphasis on applications to engineered systems and processes. The topics covered include basic concepts and definitions, first law of thermodynamics and its applications to closed and open systems, second law of thermodynamics, equations of state, thermodynamic property relations, ideal gas mixtures, psychrometrics, reacting mixtures, and chemical and phase equilibrium. Examples of using thermodynamic principles for design and performance analysis are given for selected systems and components such as conventional and renewable-based power plants, engines, heat pumps, buildings, air conditioners, fuel cells, and chemical reactors.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
  1. Evaluate physical properties of solids, fluids and gases.
  2. Formulate mass and energy balances for closed and open systems without and with chemical reactions, and perform their exergetic analysis.
  3. Evaluate thermal effects associated with gas mixing, separation, and chemical reactions, and determine the equilibrium composition of such systems,
  4. Apply thermodynamic principles to design and performance analysis in interdisciplinary engineering applications, with focus on energy, materials, biomedicine, and manufacturing.
  5. Identify efficiency improvements for thermal and thermochemical systems, including their cost-effectiveness.
  6. Write succinct engineering reports based on experimental observations and theoretical analysis.

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Indicative Assessment

  1. Homework assignments (20%)
  2. Laboratory (15%)
  3. Quiz (15%)
  4. Exam (50%)

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  • 3 lectures per week
  • 2 tutorials per week starting from week 2
  • 1 field trip
  • 1 3-hour laboratory
  • Approximately 6 hours of independent study is required on average per week, in addition to contact hours.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed PHYS1001 or PHYS1101.

Prescribed Texts

The recommended textbook is:
  • M.J. Moran, H.N. Shapiro, D.D. Boettner, and M.B. Bailey. Principles of Engineering Thermodynamics. John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, eighth (SI) edition, 2015.

Assumed Knowledge

Calculus and physics of the scope of the first-year educational program in engineering at ANU.




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5400
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
7297 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person

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